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Rehman Chishti tightens his grip on Gillingham and Rainham

Conservative Rehman Chisti has tightened his grip on the seat of Gillingham and Rainham with a 1.8% increase in his share of the vote.

Mr Chisti pushed Labour into second place, with former MP Paul Clark managing to poll just 12,060 votes - compared with 22,590 picked up by the Tories.

UKIP finished in third place but picked up more than 9,000 votes.

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Shopkeeper left 'shaken' after robbers hold knife to her throat

A shopkeeper says she's been left shaken after a man held a knife to her throat during an attempted robbery in Medway.

Two masked men raided M and B Newsagents on Garfield Road in Gillingham yesterday afternoon.

One of the men stood at the door while the other threatened the shopkeeper. She refused to hand over any money and the raiders left empty handed.

No one has been arrested.

Shopkeeper left 'shaken' after two robbers hold her at gunpoint Credit: Shopkeeper's CCTV
Shopkeeper left 'shaken' after two robbers hold her at gunpoint Credit: Shopkeeper's CCTV
Shopkeeper left 'shaken' after two robbers hold her at gunpoint Credit: Shopkeeper's CCTV

Murderer faces death sentence for Borneo killings

They were devoting themselves to saving the lives of others - but their lives were taken away for no reason, in an unprovoked attack.

Trainee doctors Aiden Brunger, who's from Kent, and Neil Dalton, were both stabbed to death on the island of Borneo last year.

And earlier today, their killer was sentenced to death for their murders. Abigail Bracken's report contains flash photography.

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Shock announcement follows run of poor form

Peter Taylor's assistant, Andy Hessenthaler will lead the club against Port Vale on Saturday Credit: Gareth Fuller/EMPICS Sport

Peter Taylor was appointed in October 2013 following the dismissal of former manager, Martin Allen.

Initially he was given an interim contract while the search began for a full time replacement but a month later he was confirmed in the role until the end of the season.

Under his stewardship the club managed 17th in the league, safely out of the relegation zone but Taylor has been plagued by a run of poor results this season.

They are currently only two points above the relegation zone following a 3 - 1 defeat to Bristol City at the weekend. They've won just six of their last 23 matches.

Assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler will lead the club at Port Vale on Saturday.

Peter Taylor 'relieved of duties' at Gillingham

Peter Taylor has been relieved of duties Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Gillingham FC have confirmed on that manager Peter Taylor has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

According to the club's website, Chairman Paul Scally, has asked the coaching staff to assist Andy Hessenthaler with this weekend's game against Port Vale.

Woman bought ponies and cruises with customer cash

Janine Pickett

A woman who ran a letting business has been jailed for stealing £375,000 from customers.

Janine Pickett, of Gillingham, was handed a 32-month prison term at Dorchester Crown Court today for fraud by abuse of position.

The 46-year-old had pleaded guilty to the offence on 30 May 2014.

The court heard that Pickett plundered the money from the Shaftesbury office of Dorset Lettings which she ran under franchise. Between January 2010 and November 2013 she stole £375,000 of customer deposits and rental payments from bank accounts she managed.

Further investigations revealed that Pickett had altered documents including bank statements and financial audit records in an attempt to cover up the theft.

During her offending Pickett lived well above her means and financial records showed she had spent the stolen money on buying a number of Welsh ponies, one of which cost £7,000. She also took out a Hire Purchase Agreement for a new BMW and enjoyed a number of holidays, including trips to Florida, France and cruises around the Mediterranean.

Football fan banned for racist abuse of player

A supporter at a Gillingham game has been hit with a three-year Football Banning Order after pleading guilty to the racial harassment of a Peterborough player.

Tony Edward Jackson, 33, of Medway Road in Sheerness, was arrested during a League One fixture between Gillingham and Peterborough United at Priestfield Stadium on Tuesday 16 September.

He was later charged with a racially aggravated public order offence, which he admitted and as well as the banning order, he was given a community order to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work within 12 months, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Football fan banned from games Credit: Kent Police

Medway Magistrates’ Court heard that during the second half, Jackson was sat behind the Peterborough dug-out and was heard by the victim shouting abuse at a player leaving the pitch during a substitution.

It caused the victim, who was sitting on the substitutes’ bench to turn and look at him. As he did so, Jackson shouted a racially offensive comment which was likely to incite public disorder.

Officers were made aware of the incident and arrested Jackson at the stadium.

Jackson was served a three-year Football Banning Order, which precludes him from attending any football match above Conference South level, which is the second tier of non-league football, upwards.

The orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from travelling to and attending football matches, both at home and abroad. Anyone who commits a football-related offence at one of these stadiums can be arrested and a Football Banning Order applied for.

These totally unacceptable comments made by Jackson are so out of place in what is a family-friendly environment and will simply not be tolerated.

Instances like this happen very rarely, but my officers attend matches to ensure those thinking of ruining the game and match day experience for others will be swiftly ejected and put before the courts where they run the risk of being banned from entering football grounds for several years.

We want to work with clubs and the FA and other organisations to stamp out such deplorable behaviour and would encourage anyone who experiences or hears anyone committing these types of offences to report it to police.

– Chief Superintendent Alison Roden
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