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Matthew Horne appointed to police major crime unit

A new head of Kent and Essex Police's serious crime unit has been announced.

Matthew Horne, who was previously with London's Met Police, will join the serious crime unit as its assistant chief constable.

The Serious Crime Directorate deals with forensics, intelligence and covert support.

"Matthew brings a wealth of both local and specialist policing experience and impressed the interview panel with his knowledge, commitment and passion for keeping our communities safe.

"His history of delivering is quite exceptional."

– Stephen Kavanagh - Chief Constable of Essex

Commander Horne joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1989.

During his career he has worked as a hostage and crisis negotiator as well as leading the crime response to the Royal Wedding.

He was also the senior police team lead to the Leveson inquiry.

"Commander Horne will be a great asset to a directorate that has been built between the two forces.

"Having founded the directorate, I am proud of how the two forces have worked hard together with great results."

– Alan Pughsley - Chief Constable of Kent

CCTV images of thief dressed as builder released

The man ran off in the direction of Middle Wall and Cornwallis Circle Credit: Kent Police

Police are appealing for information about a man dressed as a builder who snatched a cash box from a security guard outside a bank.

The theft happened at about 10.30am yesterday in Whitstable High Street.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the theft Credit: Kent Police

The security guard was carrying the cash box when he was approached from behind before the box was snatched from him.

The thief then made off in the direction of Middle Wall and Cornwallis Circle.

He is described as white, about 6ft 2in tall and in his late 30s. He was wearing a high-visibility jacket with yellow tabard, a hard hat and jeans.

Anyone with information should call 01303 289353 quoting reference number 07-0390 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Mum and son missing before social services handover

Police are searching for Michelle Kelly who is missing with her son Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police are searching for a woman who has gone missing with her son after he was due to be handed in to social services.

Michelle Kelly and son Jaden from Basildon were reported missing on Friday 16th August and police are 'concerned for their welfare'.

Jaden is the subject of a care order with parental responsibility having been given to Essex Social Services.

After an unsuccessful appeal, Jaden should have been in the care of Essex social care on Friday.

Michelle's son Jaden has also been reported missing Credit: Essex Police

When social services attended the address, the mum and son were not there.

Officers are concerned for their welfare and are continuing to look for them.

There has been information to suggest they may have gone to Scotland.

Michelle is 28-years-old, 5ft 4ins of heavy build and blonde hair, which may have been dyed a plum colour.

Jaden is of mixed heritage with curly dark brown hair.

One-year-old Jaden has been reported missing from Basildon with his mum Credit: Essex Police

Supt Nick Morris said: “I would ask anyone who sees a mother and young child matching these descriptions who they have not seen in their area before to contact us. We are concerned for the welfare of both mother and child and need to find them as soon as possible.”


Complaints fall against police in the South East

Fewer complaints were recorded against Kent Police, Sussex Police and Essex Police between 2011/12.

  • Essex Police received 838 complaints in 2011/12, 880 complaints were recorded against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 5%.
  • Kent Police received 742 complaints in 2011/2012, 778 complaints were recorded against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 5%.
  • Sussex Police received 706 complaints in 2011/2012, 745 complaints were recorded against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 5%.

2 jailed for selling stolen cars

Two men who ran a sophisticated operation to steal cars worth hundreds of thousands of pounds have been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Jonathan Fiddimore and David Brown, formerly known as Steven Fiddimore, stole high value cars from domestic addresses and car parks across the South East. They broke the cars down for parts which they then sold online.

The convictions follow a lengthy investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Unit at Kent Police and Essex Police.