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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


Mud traps man up to his knees off Kent coast

Firefighters had to rescue a man who had become stuck up to his knees in mud near the pier at Gillingham.

Crews used mud paths from a specialist water safety unit to reach the man and bring him to dry land. He was not reported to be injured.

The coastguard also assisted firefighters to retrieve some equipment using a hovercraft.

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.


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

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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