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He's certainly not a 'scaredy-cat': tabby walks into the line of fire

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a cat took a walk on the wild side, and wandered past a firing range and into a police training centre in Gravesend, Kent.

The adult tabby and white male cat, thought to be around two or three years old, was first spotted at the centre in Mark Lane on Thursday. It is not known where he came from as the centre is in a remote area far from any homes.

The cat certainly risked on of his nine lives

He made himself at home with the security guards at the gatehouse to the centre for a few days while staff fed him and cared for him as they tried to trace an owner.

"We're so far out here I just have no idea where he came from - he just turned up one day and settled himself in."



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Gravesend statue honours wartime pilot

A statue of wartime fighter pilot Mahinder Singh Pujji has been unveiled in his adopted hometown, Gravesend. Mr Pujji was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valour while flying in World War Two.

Mr Pujji died in 2010, aged 92.

We speak to: Satinder Pujji, son; Douglas Jennings, sculptor; Air Vice-Marshal Edward Stringer, Royal Air Force; Air Cdre Gurcharan Singh Bedi, Indian Air Force; Gurjit Bains, Gravesend Gurdwara.

VIDEO: Statue of RAF pilot unveiled in Gravesend

He was among the first Indian airmen to fight for Britain during World War Two, was shot down twice and saw many of his friends die in combat. But Mahinder Singh Pujji went on to become one of the RAF's most distinguished fighter pilots, flew all over the world and was honoured for his bravery.

Four years after his death, there is a permanent reminder of his exploits in his home town of Gravesend. A bronze statue of Squadron Leader Pujji now graces the riverfront, celebrating his exploits and the contribution of millions of Indian servicemen and women.

Watch the unveiling of the statue below.

Mr Pujji's son, Satinder, speaks to ITV Meridian about his father.

Brazen Gravesend and Gillingham burglar jailed

A burglar who targeted flats above shops and business in Gravesend and Gillingham has been jailed for four and a half years.

James Hynd, 34, was sentenced to two years for the first offence, which took place in January at a flat above a pub in Gravesend.

He also received two and a half years for a burglary in Gillingham in June.

Hynd brazenly attempted to break into the flat in Gravesend and, when he was caught by members of the public, denied it, claiming he had been trying to hide.

He was arrested, charged and put before the courts. He was bailed and while on bail committed this further offence in Gillingham when he broke into a flat and stole the victim's possessions.

He has a history of targeting properties above shops and businesses and I welcome the news he is behind bars for his crimes.

– DC Robin Hemsley, investigating officer

Woman dies after being hit by car in Kent

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses after a fatal road collision in Gravesend.

At 5.25pm on yesterday, a female pedestrian was involved in a collision with a silver Mercedes on the A226 Milton Road.

The pedestrian, in her 30s, died from her injuries.

Officers are appealing for anyone who saw the collision to contact them.


Man suffers burns after lightning sets house on fire

A man from Kent has suffered burns after his house caught fire when lightning hit the family home in the early hours of this morning.

Roy Thomas from Gravesend, his partner and 15-year-old son were awoken at their home by a massive bang.

Roy explains: “We jumped out of bed and could hear the house alarm sounding. We started to feel our way downstairs in the darkness as all the power was out and Tracey smelt smoke, which we thought was coming from the TV. Fortunately, I looked up at the loft hatch and could see a glowing light."

Lightning hit many places across the region Credit: Joseph Crisp

“We phoned the fire service and I grabbed a ladder to investigate. As soon as I opened the hatch I could see the flames roaring away but the whole space was full of smoke. I tried to smother the flames with towels and bedding but it was too hot and I burnt my hands. By this time Tracey and Toby were passing wet towels and buckets of water to me, which I threw over the fire but it kept flaring back up. Thankfully, the last wet beach towel I threw on it managed to smother the flames and the firefighters were there."

Mr Thomas has now received hospital treatment for the burns.

Jail for man who tried to steal from police officer

Javid Ahmadzai tried to take a bike from an off-duty police officer Credit: British Transport Police

A man who admitted trying to steal a bike from an off-duty police officer has been jailed for 18 months.

Javid Ahmadzai, 19, of Havengore Avenue, **Gravesend, attempted to take the bicycle from the officer while they were on a train.

He pleaded guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court.

The court heard Sgt Brian Washbourn was going home from work on the train at the time of the incident. **

He said: "I was quite shaken by the incident and if it hadn't been for the intervention of other passengers I fear I would have been seriously assaulted."

Professional football coaches offer free lessons for men

The sessions will take place at GNC sports in Gravesend Credit: ITV

Free football coaching from professional trainers is being offered to men in Gravesham to encourage active lifestyles.

The scheme will start in May at the GNC sports ground, Trinity Road, Gravesend. Free nutritional advice will also be given.

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