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Kent man jailed after strangling woman in alleyway

A man from Gravesend has been jailed after he tried to strangle a woman in an alleyway.

Aaron Payne, from Fenners Marsh, followed his victim into an alleyway at around 6.30pm on the 1st August last year.

His victim was a complete stranger but she was aware she was being stalked and slowed to see if the man would pass.

Instead, Payne jumped on her, pushing her to the ground before throttling her.

The victim fought back whilst trying to alert a resident who shouted at Payne to release her.

Payne released her and ran away after he was chased by several members of the public.

He was identified by CCTV footage and arrested on suspicion of GBH.

He was sentenced today to eight years in prison, with a further five to be served on licence.

This was an entirely unprovoked, random attack on an innocent woman that must have felt like a horror story come to life. One moment she was walking along the street and the next she was being throttled by a complete stranger in a deserted alleyway. She has been left utterly traumatised by what happened but showed a huge amount of courage on the night in question when she refused to give up and managed to attract help. She also showed courage as she was forced to relive her ordeal when Payne appeared in court and initially denied any wrongdoing."

– DC Brian Smith of Kent Police

Man airlifted to hospital after being trapped under coach

A man was trapped under this coach in Gravesend Credit: Fraser Ross

A man has been airlifted to hospital after getting trapped under a coach in Gravesend. It happened at about 6:30pm this evening on St Hilda's Way. The man was flown to a hospital in London with leg injuries. The road will re-open soon.

Emergency services assist man with leg injuries Credit: Fraser Ross
Police at the scene of the accident Credit: Fraser Ross

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Petrol generator produced deadly fumes, killing guard

A security company have been fined for safety failings as a security guard was killed by carbon monoxide fumes from a petrol generator, whilst watching over a disused nursing home in Gravesend.

Security guard Arthur Ebirim, from Peckham, was overcome by the fumes as he kept watch over-night at an empty nursing home in Taunton Vale in October 2011.

The employers, Anchor Services (GB) Limited was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive yesterday after an investigation found serious flaws with how the generator was used.

The generator belonged to one of the workers and was also placed inside the lobby to provide power.

Anchor Services was fined £20,000 and was ordered to pay a further £35,656 in costs.

The petrol generator produced deadly fumes which killed a security guard in Gravesend Credit: Health and Safety Executive

Police searching for missing man find body

Karol Michalak had not been seen for two weeks Credit: Kent Police

Police searching for a missing 20-year-old man in Kent have found a body.

At around 3.45pm yesterday a body of a man was found on land off Stuart Street, Gravesend.

At this stage it is being treated as non-suspicious and it is believed to be the body of missing Gravesend man Karol Michalak.

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Police step up search for missing man

Karol Michalak Credit: Kent Police

More than thirty officers from Kent Police will today search for missing 20-year- old Karol Michalak.

They will concentrate their efforts in Gravesend town centre, where he was last seen on January 20th.

It comes amid increasing concern for his welfare.

Karol Michalak on CCTV cameras Credit: Kent Police

If you have seen Karol please call Kent Police on 101 quoting CAD 22-1156.

Growing concern for missing 20-year-old

Karol Michalak has been missing since January 20 Credit: Kent Police

There is growing concern for a 20-year-old man who was last seen on January 20. Kent Police Officers have now released a CCTV image of Karol Michalak on the day he was last seen, in St George's Centre in Gravesend. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, grey trainers and a thigh-length black coat.

Karol is 5' 8" inches tall, slim build, with light brown hair. He has a tattoo on his right upper arm depicting two faces - one happy and one sad. He speaks Polish and very good English. His disappearance is out of character. If you have seen Karol please call Kent Police on 101 quoting CAD 22-1156.

Karol Michalak was last seen in St George's Centre in Gravesend Credit: Kent Police

Cyclist involved in car crash died at the scene

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist died in a car crash.

A silver Citroen Picasso and a push bike were involved in the collision yesterday evening at around 9:10pm on Gravesend Road, Shorne.

The cyclist was a 43-year-old male, who was declared dead at the scene.

The road was closed for officers to carry out their investigation but was reopened at half past midnight.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has nay information should call the SICU on 01622 798538.

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