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Violent scissor attacker jailed

A violent offender who stabbed a man in the back with a pair of scissors and repeatedly punched a woman in the face has been jailed for six years.

Ross Eaglestone, who's 27 years old and from Dartford, carried out the assaults in May and September 2015.

He was sentenced to six years at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday 12 May.

Attacker jailed Credit: Kent Police

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, wounding with intent and one offence of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard that in May 2015, a short time after being released from prison, Eaglestone went to an address in Swanscombe and forced his way into a garden where a man was having a barbecue.

He then stabbed the man, who was known to him, in the back with a pair of scissors.

During a seperate incident he punched a woman in the face several times before leaving her unconscious in the street.

She was left with serious head injuries, including a fractured eye socket and a small bleed on the brain, and required hospital treatment for five days.

Eaglestone’s attacks were both shocking and cowardly. He left two people with serious injuries and it is extremely fortunate that they have both recovered. Despite the severity of his actions, and the considerable pain he inflicted on two people, he showed no remorse and even went as far as threatening to kill a seven-year-old girl to prevent a witness testifying against him in court. I would like to commend the victims and witnesses for the incredible bravery they have shown in standing up to this man and assisting Kent Police in this investigation.

– Detective Constable Roger Harris


Village under threat to make way for Thames crossing

Part of a village is under threat of being bulldozed to make way for a new Thames Crossing. When families recently bought their new build homes a few months ago, they thought they'd be there for for a long time. But they have now received Government letters, warning them that their houses could be demolished to allow a new road link between Kent and Essex. Tom Savvides talked to Vicky Abbott, resident; Martin Potts, Highways England and Doreen Beech, resident.

Hundreds queue to scrutinise new Thames Crossing proposals

It's ludicrous - that's the reaction of many people living near the proposed site of a new tunnel beneath the Thames. It would run under the river east of Gravesend, with roads cutting through at least two villages. It's the preferred option for a new crossing between Kent and Essex. It was among proposals on show at the first public exhibition in Kent which had hundreds of people queuing today. Andrea Thomas was there. She spoke to Martin Potts from Highways England.

Woman reported missing with her three children

Kelly Walsh was last seen in London yesterday afternoon Credit: Kent Police

Police are appealing for information to help find a woman from Dartford who's gone missing with her three children.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of 25-year-old Kelly Walsh and her three boys aged between one and six.

They were last seen in the New Cross area of London shortly before 3pm yesterday afternoon.

She is described as:

  • white
  • of medium build
  • 5ft 2in with long blond hair]
  • was last seen wearing blue jeans
  • white trainers and an orange padded hooded jacket


Dartford footballer recovers after cardiac arrest

Teenage footballer is back on the pitch

A month ago today, a promising former Dartford footballer collapsed during a match. Ali Reith had suffered a cardiac arrest. He spent three days in a coma, but has made an amazing recovery - waking up a day after his 16th birthday.

Doctors say Ali may never play the game again but he's back on the pitch motivating other young players.

In Tony Green's report, we hear from Ali Reith; Head of Youth Development Phil Murray; Dartford manager Tony Burman; Dr. Scott Takeda and Ali's parents.

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School holiday policy under fire

Would you risk your child being expelled from school to save money on your summer holiday? That's the threat parents at one school face if they take their children away during term.

The headteacher of Fleetdown primary in Dartford told us fining parents sixty pounds was no deterrent at all. Instead Angela Konarzewski says she's ready to expel children if they take a break when they should be at school.

Many parents have reacted angrily saying they can't afford to go away in school holidays.

David Johns reports, speaking to the headteacher and parents outside the school.

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