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Cab drivers in fear following attacks

Taxi drivers say they're living in fear of their lives after a series of violent robberies in Kent. In the latest, a 63-year old cabbie suffered a broken leg and ribs - as he tried to escape his attackers.

The incidents - centred on Gravesend - have triggered memories of the murder of a taxi driver who was run over with his own cab by a drunken passenger.

Now drivers say rapid-response technology is urgently needed. We speak to assault victims Terry Irons and Ali Rassouli, taxi driver Barry Bushell and Acting Inspector Diane Middlemiss from Kent Police.

PCSO hurt after being hit by car

The incident happened in Clarence Row, Gravesend Credit: ITV Meridian

A Police Community Support Officer suffered a fractured elbow after being hit by a car in Kent. The incident took place at 8.20pm on Friday at a car park in Clarence Row, Gravesend. The officer began speaking to the driver of a silver Ford Fiesta with the interior light switching on and off.

Without warning, the driver reversed the car at speed, causing the wing mirror to collide with the PCSO. The car left the scene and the PCSO was taken to hospital for treatment. The driver was later arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis, grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving.

The 24 year old man from Gravesend has now been bailed until 20 January, 2014. Kent Police would like anyone who saw the incident or who has any information about it to call 01474 366088.


CCTV images released following petrol station robbery

Suspect 1 Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police has released CCTV images of men they are looking to speak to after it was reported a a Gravesend petrol station was robbed and a man assaulted before his car was stolen.

On the 4th of November, two men entered the BP garage shop at the Clocktower services off Milton Road.

The first man is described as black, around 5ft 7ins in height, with a stocky build and aged in his 40s. The second offender is described as white, around 6ft, also in his 40s and with dirty blond hair.

Suspect 2 Credit: Kent Police

The first offender assaulted a cashier and stole a quantity of cash from the till before fleeing the shop and across the forecourt onto Peacock Street.

As the robbers reached Peacock Street, they came across a man parking his car, a dark blue Rover. They assaulted the man, punching and kicking him, and stole the vehicle.

Southeastern Christmas advice through Gravesend

Southeastern's website has received over a thousand page views in a single day, following the release of travel advice for customers planning to travel through Gravesend this Christmas.

Network rail are planning to carry out a £19 million upgrade of the station between Sunday 22nd December and Monday 6th January.

This will affect services that normally run via Gravesend.

To see the advice from Southeastern, click here.

Man jailed following drugs haul

A Gravesend man has been sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for conspiracy to supply class B drugs. It's after a huge haul of cannabis was discovered.

Clive Stephen Brown who's 59 and formerly of Alfred Road, Gravesend, pleaded guilty in August.

Clive Stephen Brown has been jailed for drug offences Credit: Kent Police

Brown met Gary Newman of Coal Post Close, Orpington back in May, who was driving a silver Ford Transit van at a café in Watling Street, Gravesend.

Newman entered the café while Brown drove the van away before returning later. Newman then returned to the Transit and Brown back to his black Nissan hatchback.

But as Brown went to drive off, officers swooped on both vehicles following covert surveillance by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Cannabis seized in police raid Credit: Kent Police

Inside the rear of the Transit officers found a large wooden crate containing more than 1,000 bars of cannabis resin weighing just under 460kg.

The estimated potential street value of the haul totalled around £2.3million


Taxi driver sprayed in the eye and then assaulted

Police are investigating a nasty assault on a taxi driver in Gravesend.

The driver picked up two men who needed to get to Denton.

As they asked him to stop, the front passenger threatened the driver with a sharp object.

He was then sprayed with something in the eye.

As he ran from the taxi and began knocking doors for help on Shamrock Road, the men approached him again and began to kick and punch him.

The taxi driver threw his mobile phone on the floor and the two men picked it up and ran.

The men ran off in the direction of Dickens Road at around 12:30am.

One of the offenders has been described as a white man, between 20 and 25, of slim build with short dark hair. He spoke with an accent and wore a blue hooded top.

Anyone with information should call 01474 366088 quoting XY/332958/13.

Police go undercover to jail cocaine dealer for 3 years

A drug dealer has been jailed for three years following an undercover police investigation into the drug supply in Gravesend.

Brian Warrington was sentenced for three years at Maidstone Crown Court after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Warrington was arrested in August after a five month operation in which he offered to supply cocaine to an undercover police officer.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Chris Weatherstone of Kent Police said,

This investigation involved an officer working undercover to get to the heart of a local drug dealing network in Gravesham.

Whilst the quantities of Class A drugs might have been small, disrupting this network can only be a good things as we look to keep drugs off our streets."

– Detective Constable Chris Weatherstone

Toddlers lucky escape after car crash

A buggy was crushed against a wall in Gravesend

A toddler miraculously escaped unharmed after a pushchair was crushed against a wall by a car.

The incident happened at 7.38am in Darnley Street, Gravesend when two cars collided. One of the vehicles is believed to have mounted the pavement and struck the buggy.

Police said that three people were taken to hospital as a precaution but that none of the injuries were serious.

Do you know the victims? Please call our newsdesk on 084488 12006.

A buggy was crushed against a wall in Gravesend

VIDEO: Cost of school uniforms 'unfair on the parents'

A shopkeeper in Gravesend has put up a banner outside his clothing shop criticising schools about their choice of uniform suppliers.

Dilip Ahluwalia isn't an official supplier of uniforms, but he's selling them despite some local schools objecting.

He claims parents aren't getting value for money. Schools say the suppliers they use are providing quality goods at a fair price.

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