Swift response to hate crime

Kent Police are taking a zero tolerance approach to any religiously or racially aggravated attacks in the wake of the Woolwich murder.

Kent club keeps winning ways

Deon Burton's header sent npower League Two leaders Gillingham on the way to their 7th win out of 8 with an a 2-0 win at Port Vale.

Cigarette butt fine

A litterbug has been forced to pay more than £400 after she failed to pay a fine for dropping a cigarette butt on the pavement.

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Gills training ground closed

Gillingham, Priestfield
Training will be behind closed doors this week Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Gillingham's training sessions will take place behind closed doors this week following the sudden sacking of manager, Martin Allen.

On it's website the club announced: "We apologise for any inconvenience caused to supporters planning to attend training sessions, and we appreciate your cooperation in respecting the players privacy as they prepare for the visit of Preston North End on Saturday."


Toddler goes home for the first time

A three-year-old girl who's been in hospital ever since she was born - is finally home tonight. Maisie Harris has a very rare condition that means her brain doesn't tell her when to breathe.

But at last, with the help of a portable ventilator, Maisie has been able to leave Great Ormond Street to start a new life in Gillingham. Laura Plumer reports, speaking to Maisie's father, Andrew; Maisie's mother Rachel Bridger; and ward nurse Kate Harkus.

Gillingham victorious at Crewe Alexander

Gillingham's boss Martin Allen believes hard work by the Kent team was the decisive factor in their success at Crewe today. The away result was the Gills first victory of the season.

Speaking on Gillingham's website the manager explained the changes he'd made to bring about today's result.

We made some changes today – Callum Davies came in and did particularly well, Gregory came in and done really well. Kedwell was outstanding, Lee and Whelpdale were superb, all of them were quality. It has been a long week with the training sessions and I don’t think I have ever put on as many in one week in all my life

– Martin Allen, Manager, Gillingham FC


Occupant died despite first aid

A man has died after he was rescued from a burning flat in Kent.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service was alerted after smoke was seen coming from a flat in James Street, Gillingham, at about 3am.

Firefighters found a fire in the bedroom of the flat above a ground floor commercial property.

They used breathing apparatus to rescue one man, while fighting the flames with a main jet and a hose reel jet. The casualty was given first aid and passed to care of South East Coast Ambulance Service paramedics, but was declared dead at the scene.

The cause of the fire will be investigated by Kent Police and by KFRS Fire Investigation and Research Team.

Rescue team saves new-born kitten

Here, kitty kitty kitty....saved by a whisker Credit: Kent Fire & Rescue

A woman who tried to help a stricken kitten, trapped inside a wall, called the fire service for help. Firefighters used a specialist snake eye camera – the type used to search collapsed buildings – to pinpoint the kitten’s exact location.

Station Manager, Stuart Beadle, said: “It appears the mother belonged to a neighbouring property but had found an opening in a flat roof and gone inside to have her kittens.

“Unfortunately one had found his feet and stumbled two metres down inside the cavity wall. Miraculously, despite being dusty and dirty, he was unharmed and reunited with his mother in less than an hour."

Burglars break into pensioner's home

A vulnerable 98-year-old man was burgled in his home in Gillingham, Kent last week.

Antique items were stolen on Wednesday, August 7 while the victim, who is disabled, was attending a hospital appointment.

The break-in happened between 11.30am and 2.30pm and it is believed entry was gained through a rear door.

DC Sasha Monck said: "This break-in caused considerable distress to the victim who is also very vulnerable.

"The items stolen may not even be worth much money but they are of significant sentimental value."

Pair arrested after security van armed robbery

Two people are in police custody after an armed robbery of a security van in Chatham yesterday. Kent Police were called at 9.30am on Friday to a supermarket on Maidstone Road after it was reported security van staff were threatened with what is believed to have been a small hand gun.

Officers carried out a search of the area and following intelligence, a warrant was executed at an address in Gillingham. Two people were arrested and a quantity of cash recovered. A 41-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, both from Gillingham, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

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