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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

Kent woman questioned after 'unexplained' death

A 44-year-old woman from Kent is helping police with their inquiries after the death of another woman in Gillingham.

Police were called to Balmoral Road on Saturday after a woman was found injured. She was taken to hospital but later died.

A Kent Police spokeswoman said the death was being treated as "unexplained".

She said: "A 44-year-old Gillingham woman is helping police with their inquiries following an incident in Balmoral Road on Saturday.

"Kent Police was called at 12.10pm where a woman was found with injuries. The ambulance service treated the patient at the scene before she was taken to hospital; however she died that evening.

"Officers are treating the incident as an unexplained death and inquiries are ongoing."


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

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.

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
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