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Police hunt thief who cut down 29 trees

Rangers at a country park in Kent have stepped-up patrols after a mysterious thief cut down twenty-nine trees.

They were felled at Riverside Park in Gillingham and would cost thousands of pounds to replace.


Suspects wanted over supermarket burglary

Police want to speak to these men in connection with a burglary at Waitrose in Gillingham Credit: Dorset Police

CCTV images have been released off our people police want to speak to in connection with a burglary at the Waitrose store in Gillingham in Dorset.

Thieves broke into the store in Chantry Fields in the early hours of Wednesday the 30th of September.

These images were captured at the Waitrose store in Gillingham Credit: Dorset Police

The group tried to break into the cigarette counter, but found it was empty.

They stole a small number of items before leaving in a vehicle toward Le Neubourg Way.

A small number of items were stolen during a burglary at Waitrose in Gillingham Credit: Dorset Police

“I am releasing CCTV images in the hope that someone may recognise the suspects by the clothes they were wearing or their build or stance.

“I would also appeal to anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incident to contact me on 101.

“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

– Police Constable Simon Rogers, of North Dorset police

Man left with serious injuries after attempted robbery in Kent

Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating an alleged attempted robbery in Gillingham have released CCTV images in the hope of catching the gang responsible.

A man was hit over the head with an unknown object during the incident in Ingram Road and remains in hospital with serious injuries.

Police want to hear from anyone who recognises the picture or knows anything about the incident. Call Detective Constable Danielle Cotter at Kent Police on 01634 792209


England take on France in rugby showdown in Kent

England v France Credit: ITV Meridian

While Rugby World Cup fever may be sweeping the country, there's another rugby tournament taking place in Kent with some of the most talented international players.

The Wheelchair Rugby League European Championships are taking place at Medway Park in Gillingham.

It features teams from England, France, Wales, Ireland and Scotland battling it out over four days.

England v France Credit: ITV Meridian
England v France Credit: ITV Meridian

Rugby players from five different countries have been taking part in a major tournament with a difference. The Wheelchair Rugby League European Championships are primarily aimed at sports men and women with disabilities. But able-bodied players are also allowed to compete. Tom Savvides reports from Medway Park in Gillingham, where the event is taking place. He talks to England player Adam Barnett, Ireland player George Hill, Wales player Martin Beddis and Elizabeth Ferris, a former Scotland player.

Do you recognise these people?

Police want to speak to this man. Credit: DORSET POLICE
Police want to speak to this woman. Credit: DORSET POLICE

Police investigating shoplifting incidents in Dorset have released images of two people they want to speak to.

The first is a man, who walked in and picked up three sets of pruners and left without paying in Moles County Stores, Gillingham at 11.50am on August 31.

The other is a woman with a pink pram, who smuggled an ornamental duck into her bag in Pramacare on Salisbury Street, Blandford around 3pm on August 6.

PC Natalie Skinner said: “I am now in a position to release CCTV images of the individuals we would like to speak to in connection with these incidents.

“Anyone who can help identify those pictured should contact police, in confidence, on 101.”

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.

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