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Two charged with murder after Swaleside prisoner death

Two men have been charged with murder after a prisoner died in HMP Swaleside.

Jason George Gomez, 44, and Paul Wadkin, 32, were remanded in custody to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court today via videolink.

The body of a 40-year-old man was found in a cell on Wednesday

They were arrested as part of a Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a man in his 40s in a cell on Wednesday 25 March.

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Investigation launched after woman raped in car

An investigation has been launched after a woman was reportedly raped in Essex.

The woman, in her 20s, told police she was assaulted in Basildon at the weekend after leaving the Barge pub.

She was approached by a man in a dark vehicle, believed to be a BMW at around 9:30pm on Friday evening.

She got into the vehicle and was driven along Crockerford Road before being raped.

The man is believed to have been in the pub earlier that night. He's described as white and in his 20s, with short mousey hair, a large build and wearing a navy hooded jumper.

Police 'delighted' with response to home puppies

Earlier in the week, Essex Police were looking for temporary homes for puppies who were too young to start their duties.

They've since announced that they've had more than seventy responses, and no longer need to appeal for volunteers.

Police have been delighted with the response to their appeal

"We received more than 70 expressions of interest and were delighted with the response. We are now unable to accept any further expressions of interest."

– Essex Police

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Three charged after multiple car thefts

Three people have been charged with conspiracy to commit theft after several reports of cars being stolen from garages in Kent.

The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate launched and investigation after it was alleged vehicles totally more than £250,000 had been removed from dealerships.

Phillip Christmas, aged 30, from Galleywood Crescent in Romford and 35 year-old Stacey Jestico from Greatfields Road in Barking were each charged with conspiracy to steal. Philip West, also 35, of Scrattons Terrace in Barking was also charged with conspiracy to steal earlier this month.

All three defendants are due to appear in court next month.

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