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Brazen Gravesend and Gillingham burglar jailed

A burglar who targeted flats above shops and business in Gravesend and Gillingham has been jailed for four and a half years.

James Hynd, 34, was sentenced to two years for the first offence, which took place in January at a flat above a pub in Gravesend.

He also received two and a half years for a burglary in Gillingham in June.

Hynd brazenly attempted to break into the flat in Gravesend and, when he was caught by members of the public, denied it, claiming he had been trying to hide.

He was arrested, charged and put before the courts. He was bailed and while on bail committed this further offence in Gillingham when he broke into a flat and stole the victim's possessions.

He has a history of targeting properties above shops and businesses and I welcome the news he is behind bars for his crimes.

– DC Robin Hemsley, investigating officer

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Two in court for blighting Medway with fly-tipping

A man was fined £1,000 after he fly-tipped a large amount of waste when he was employed as a gardener and paid £30 by a householder to remove rubbish from her home.

Instead of disposing of it at a council tip, Matthew Towers, from Upchurch, dumped the items on land near garages in Tywdall in March.

Items found amongst the waste included two doors, wood and carpet.

Matthew Towers, 35, dumped rubbish in Romany Road. Credit: MedwayCouncil
Christopher Beard, from Gillingham, dumped rubbish at Cinder Path. Credit: MedwayCouncil

In a separate case, Christopher Beard, 34, was sentenced to 200 hours community service and ordered to pay £505 costs, after his fly-tipping was discovered in Gillingham and included a kitchen unit, worktop, cardboard, blinds and plastic wrapping.

During an interview with Medway Council officers, Beard admitted dumping the rubbish in December 2013 after being asked by a householder to remove it and said he had gone to a council tip to dispose of it but it was closed.

Kent school opens memorial garden on Armistice Day

The Robert Napier School has opened a memorial garden

The Robert Napier School at Gillingham in Kent opened its memorial garden to day to mark Armistice Day. The garden has 64 remembrance crosses to commemorate the First World War. Students did the planting and the individual form classes raised money for a cross each.

The opening was done by the school's Junior Leadership Team, led by Head Girl Louise Parker and Head Boy Ryan Filtness.

Members of the school's Junior Leadership Team opened the garden
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Remembrance services in the south-east

Services of commemoration and remembrance have been held across the south-east today. Cities, towns and villages came to a standstill as people young and old stopped to think about the impact of conflict around the world.

David Johns reports, speaking to Tug Wilson, chairman of Chatham RNA; Warrant Officer Tony Matthews of the Royal Navy; and Mrs Susan Bavin, daughter of Sittingbourne VC recipient Donald Dean.

Two people charged after burglary

A man and a woman are due to appear at court following an alleged burglary at a property in Gillingham.

It is reported that jewellery was stolen from a house on Culpepper Road, Gillingham, between 23 and 26 August 2014.

Detectives investigating the incident identified two suspects in connection with the reported burglary, who were subsequently arrested and charged on 10 September.

Jodie Humber, 23, of Bank Street, Chatham, has been charged with fraud by false representation and burglary dwelling.

Paul Michael Gregory, 36, of Maidstone Road, Gillingham, has been charged with fraud by false representation and handling stolen goods.

They have both been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 6 October 2014.

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Police release photo of homeless man stabbed in Kent

Police have released a photo of a homeless man who was stabbed to encourage more witnesses to come forward.

The 40-year-old victim who agreed to have his image released but does not wish to be named is of no fixed address.

He was taken to a London hospital after being found ‘staggering along the Great Lines’ by a witness who called an ambulance.

He suffered multiple stab wounds and his condition is described as serious.

The area of King’s Bastion was cordoned off while officers carried out investigations at the scene. Credit: Kent Police

Officers were called at 8.12pm on Monday 18th August to the area of King’s Bastion, in Gillingham after the victim was found injured.

The area of King’s Bastion was cordoned off while officers carried out investigations at the scene.

This evening police will be in the area from 8pm to try and seek more potential witnesses.

‘It is unusual for us to release an image of a victim; however it is important we are able to build a picture of the man's moments before he was assaulted. I would ask people to study the photo, do you know him? Did you see him yesterday? Where was he? What was he doing? If you can help, please call Kent Police.

‘We are also particularly keen to hear from witnesses who may have seen two people, possibly males, in the area at around the time of the incident.’

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon Clayden, who is leading the investigation on behalf of The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Investigation underway following stabbing

Officers have cordoned off the area while investigations continue Credit: Tom Savvides

A homeless man found staggering near an area of grassland after he was repeatedly stabbed in Kent is in a serious condition in hospital.

The 40-year-old victim had been sleeping on a mattress in an area of King's Bastion in Gillingham.

Officers have cordoned off the area while they investigate the scene and inquiries are ongoing.

Police say the man stabbed is Polish Credit: Tom Savvides

Appeal after homeless man stabbed in Gillingham

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was found seriously injured in Gillingham. Kent Police was called at 8.12pm on Monday 18 August to a report of an assault in the area of King’s Bastion, Gillingham.

A 40-year-old man is reported to have suffered stab wounds and has been taken to a London hospital. His condition is thought to be serious at this stage.

The area of King’s Bastion is currently cordoned off while officers carry out investigations at the scene. At this stage enquiries are on-going.

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