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Elderly cat is victim of air gun attack in Dorset

Lewey the cat Credit: RSPCA

An elderly cat has become the victim of air gun attack in Dorset. The RSPCA is calling for information after the callous incident in Gillingham

The 15 year-old cat was shot in the face on Wavering Lane East. The incident is believed to have happened at around 8pm on Sunday, 23 August. The black and white cat called Lewey soon became very lethargic and was immediately rushed to the vets. There it was discovered he had been shot in the head with what is likely to have been an air gun. The owner had only recently moved to the area.

RSPCA inspector Ken Snook said: “This poor cat was new to the area and, due to his age, would not have not strayed far from his home, where this awful attack took place. We are looking to speak to anyone in the local area who might know what happened to Lewey that day. Lewey received full treatment after being targeted and is now back at home with his loving owner after a strong recovery. He was lucky to survive an attack to the face and it is a sad fact that the story could have been a very different. We would like to remind people that a vicious attack like this on a cat, or on any animal, is not only cruel and unacceptable but it is also a criminal offence against the Animal Welfare Act 2006."

Anyone caught and found guilty of hurting an animal could face a fine of up to £5,000 and up to six months in prison. Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to contact the RSPCA appeal line in confidence on 0300 123 8018.

Man fighting for life after car crash

Police are appealing for any witnesses to a serious car crash in Gillingham.

A 67 year-old man sustained a serious injury when the Ford Focus he was travelling in came off the road in Hoath Way, Gillingham on Friday night.

At around 7:52pm a blue Ford Focus was heading from Bowaters Roundabout, Rainham towards Hempstead on Hoath Way. Then, for an as yet unexplained reason, the 67 year-old man lost control of his vehicle. It left the carriageway to his nearside, mounting a grass bank before thn overturning into the driver side. No other vehicles were involved.

– PC Simon Masterson

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Shop owner fined over dumped rubbish

Rubbish left on a street in Gillingham Credit: Medway Council

Rubbish left on the street in Gilingham has led to a kebab shop owner being fined hundreds of pounds.

Jamshed Hasanzada, owner of Top Kebab in Canterbury Street, was prosecuted for not arranging for his waste to be taken away.

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.

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.

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