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Investigation underway following stabbing

Officers have cordoned off the area while investigations continue Credit: Tom Savvides

A homeless man found staggering near an area of grassland after he was repeatedly stabbed in Kent is in a serious condition in hospital.

The 40-year-old victim had been sleeping on a mattress in an area of King's Bastion in Gillingham.

Officers have cordoned off the area while they investigate the scene and inquiries are ongoing.

Police say the man stabbed is Polish Credit: Tom Savvides

Appeal after homeless man stabbed in Gillingham

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was found seriously injured in Gillingham. Kent Police was called at 8.12pm on Monday 18 August to a report of an assault in the area of King’s Bastion, Gillingham.

A 40-year-old man is reported to have suffered stab wounds and has been taken to a London hospital. His condition is thought to be serious at this stage.

The area of King’s Bastion is currently cordoned off while officers carry out investigations at the scene. At this stage enquiries are on-going.


Cat shot at with air rifle left with a broken leg

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat was shot, leaving her with a broken leg.

Lilly, a black and white cat, went missing from her home in Albany Road on 13th June but was found a couple days later near bushes with a broken leg.

When she was taken to the vets, they found she had been shot with a lead pellet air rifle.

Having had an operation on her leg, it is still unclear if she will have to have her leg amputated.

RSPCA inspector Vikki Dawe said, "Cats and wildlife seem to be the main target of attacks simply because they are out in the open with no one to protect them.

"These attacks are often deliberate by people who just don't care about hurting animals."

Man in hospital after crash involving bus and lorry

The incident happened in Gillingham Credit: Ashley Eldred

A man has been taken to hospital following a crash involving a lorry and a bus. The incident happened outside a petrol station in Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre in Gillingham.

Kent Police say, the bus driver was taken to Medway Maritime Hospital to be treated for what are believed to be minor injuries.

Drug dealer who hid drugs in his body jailed for 3 years

Dwain Heywood has been jailed for 3 years for smuggling drugs through Gillingham Credit: Kent Police

A drug dealer has been jailed for three years after Kent Police officers caught him smuggling cocaine and heroin through Gillingham.

Officers noticed Dwain Heywood, who is 31-years-old, driving erratically back in April .

When he was asked to stopped, he was evasive and acting strangely, which lead to officers searching his car.

Heywood was taken back to Medway Police Station as a quantity of cash and a knife was found in the vehicle.

He was strip searched at the police station, where officers began to suspect he was hiding a quantity of drugs inside his body.

After being challenged, Heywood removed ten wraps of cocaine and four of heroin.

He was charged with possession with intent to supply a class A drug.


Man banned from going to football matches for 3 years

Michael Andrew O'Shea has been banned from attending football matches for three years Credit: Kent Police

A Canterbury man has been banned from attending football matches for three years following an incident in Gillingham.

Michael Andrew O'Shea was caught shouting abusive language and threats to opposing fans.

He was warned by officers about his language, but he continued to incite violence.

The 51-year-old was then arrested and later charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence.

He has now been banned from attending any regulated football matches.

Magistrates also fined him £350 plus £85 costs and £35 victim surcharge.

PC Geoff Greensmith, Kent Police Football Liaison Officer said, "This outcome sends a strong message to anyone found committing football-related offences at or near a stadium- you will be arrested and put before the courts.

"O'Shea is now banned from travelling to and attending football matches at home and abroad for three years."

Man jailed for drug offences

A man from East Dulwich has been jailed after being found guilty of possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply.

Christopher Asante, 25, of Landcroft Road, East Dulwich, appeared before Maidstone Crown Court on Friday, 14 March 2014 where he was sentenced to 4-years behind bars for the offence.

Christopher Asante has been jailed for drug offences in Gillingham Credit: Kent Police

Asante claimed the crack cocaine was for his personal use but the prosecution was able to prove that he was travelling from London to Gillingham to sell the class-A drug.

Police stopped Asante at 9.25pm on Friday, 23 October 2013 in Richmond Road, Gillingham, he was searched and arrested.

Whilst travelling to the police station he admitted being in possession of herbal cannabis hidden in his sock and gave it to the officers who seized it. A search of Asante at Medway police station located ten wraps of crack cocaine which had an estimated street value of over £200.

Efit released in connection with assault on teenager

A computer-generated image has been released by detectives investigating an assault of a teenage girl in Gillingham. The incident was reported to Kent Police to have happened between 5.55pm and 6.05pm on 2 February in an alleyway on Deanwood Drive.

Efit released in connection with assault in Gillingham Credit: Kent Police

A 16 year old girl had gone out to meet some friends and was waiting on the corner of Deanwood Drive. After a short while she saw someone standing in a nearby alley and thought it was one of her friends.

She began walking towards the person before quickly realising it was not her friend.

As the teenager turned and walked away, the man approached her and grabbed her leg.

He then attempted to touch her chest but the girl managed to block him before kicking him, which forced him to drop to the floor.

The victim ran off in the direction of Deanwood Drive and back home before calling police.

Detectives investigating the case are now in a position to release an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.


Man arrested on suspicion of murder

Detectives looking into the murder of Gillingham man John O'Donohue have arrested a man on suspicion of murder.

The 25-year-old was arrested in Swindon this morning by Wiltshire police who were working with Kent officers.

He is now on his way to Kent Police station, where he will be questioned later on today.

A 20-year-old man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of the supply of a controlled drug and affray. He has now been released on police bail whilst the investigation continues.

Officers would still like to hear from anyone that may have information about the incident.

They are asked to call 101, quoting incident reference 23-1466.

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