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Road closures as police officer injured in routine stop and search

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A police officer has been hospitalised after being injured during a routine stop and search in Kent.

Officers stopped a vehicle in Harmer Street, Gravesend, just after midnight on Tuesday 25th July 2017.

It is reported that the driver attempted to make off from the location and an officer received injuries.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested and remains in police custody while enquiries are ongoing.

Road closures are in place this morning following the incident and drivers are being advised to avoid the one way system at West Street, Crooked Lane, Queen Street and The Terrace junction with Harmer Street.

Officers say they expect the roads will remain closed for some time so traffic will be a lot heavier in the area than usual.

The injured officer has since been released from hospital.


Gravesend: Man stabbed in McDonalds

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There are reports a man has been stabbed at McDonalds in Gravesend in the early hours of this morning.

Police were called to reports of an assault inside the fast food restaurant in New Road at 3.45am, where a man was suffering from stab wounds.

He has been taken to a London hospital with serious injuries, but they are not thought to be life threatening.

More as we get it.

Bluewater expansion raises fears about local impact

It is a sign of the times - large out of town shopping centres with free parking drawing shoppers away from struggling high streets.

Now that Bluewater in Kent has been granted permission to expand, there are fears about the effect it could have on local town centres in Gravesend and Dartford.

As Sarah Saunders reports.

Sarah spoke to shop owner, Kevin Cheema.

Gravesend celebrates Vaisakhi

Thousands of people turned out in Gravesend to mark the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi.

We speak to some of those who joined the procession including:

Cllr Gurjit Kaur Bains, Gravesham council; Gurvinder Sandher from Kent Equality Cohesion Council; Jasbinder Biring, co-organiser and Cllr Samir Jassal, Gravesham council.


Two sides of the Brexit coin - Brighton and Gravesend react to leaving the EU

In the South East the majority of our constituencies voted to leave the EU - in fact more than a million people voted leave - that's 55 per cent of the turnout.

The most pro Brexit place in our region was Gravesham - where 65% voted to leave.

The most pro remain group was Brighton and Hove where 69% wanted to stay.

We've been back to both places to see if people have changed their minds. Andy Dickenson and John Ryall report.

Four charged with conspiracy to murder man

Leonard Naylor died from multiple gunshot wounds Credit: Kent Police

Four men have been charged in connection with the death of a man in Gravesend almost 16 years ago.

Leonard Naylor died after suffering multiple gunshot wounds on his driveway in Bracondale Avenue in April 2001.

51 year old Robert Blackwell, of Atlas Road in Plaistow, London and 52 year old Kane Ward, of Boyd Close in Upminster, Essex have been charged with conspiracy to murder.

51 year old David Carvel, of Plains Farm Close in Colchester, Essex and 43 year old Terence Barry, of no fixed address have also been charged with conspiracy to murder.

Police are continuing to review the case.

Gang jailed for long series of ram-raids in Kent

A gang of criminals who carried out ram-raids and break-ins across Gravesend and the Medway Towns have been jailed.

The four men were all convicted of conspiracy to burgle following a series of twelve offences last year.

The gang are beginning prison sentences totalling seventeen years.

Some of their offences were caught on CCTV footage, as Malcolm Shaw reports.

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