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Firefighters tackling house fire in Gravesend

Firefighters are dealing with a fire in a three-storey house in Milton Road, Gravesend.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus have carried out a full search of the property. No-one has been reported missing.

Firefighters are using main jets and hose reels to tackle the blaze which is affecting the roof and all floors of the building.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Son appeals for help after father killed in hit and run

Rimantas Karvelis Credit: Kent Police

Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses to a hit and run collision in Gravesend, after a man died from his injuries. It happened on Saturday 24 October in London Road, Gravesend.

A black Vauxhall Astra collided with a 56-year-old man but failed to stop and was later found abandoned in Grange Road. Three people were arrested in connection with the incident and later released on bail pending further investigation.

The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and was taken to a London hospital, but later died. He has been named as Rimantas Karvelis, who was here on a one-month holiday from Lithuania to visit one of his two sons.

His son, Audrius Karvelis, who has travelled back from America, said: "I can't believe he’s gone, my magnificent Dad, who came here to visit my brother and encourage him to fight Guillian Barre Syndrome at Darenth Valley Hospital. Our life has changed irrevocably; we are shocked and deeply saddened. We know there are many difficult days ahead without him. He was an amazing person, a real example to others. We still can't understand how this happened, why the driver did not stop. It is such a big loss for our family and community."

Detective Sergeant Scott Lynch from the serious collision investigation unit said: ‘It was a wet rainy Saturday evening on 24. October. I would like to speak to any witnesses who saw the pedestrian crossing London Road, the collision or the manner in which the Vauxhall Astra involved was being driven.”


German aviator forever linked with the town of Gravesend

Aviator became the first and only German prisoner of war to escape from Britain. Credit: ITV News Meridian

A town in Kent is honouring its links to a unique piece of wartime history. A plaque and information board in Gravesend will remember the exploits of the only German prisoner to have escaped from Britain in both world wars. Derek Johnson reports.


Gravesend residents take part in Sikh prisoner protest

Gravesend residents were among thousands of Sikhs from across the country who protested outside Parliament today.

They're demanding answers about what the UK Government has done in the last few months to raise concerns about the plight of Sikh political prisoners in Indian jails.

ITV Meridian spoke to Gravesend campaigner, Sewa Singh Lalli.

Huge cannabis factory discovered in Gravesend

A multimillion-pound cannabis operation has been uncovered by police at an industrial estate in Gravesend.

More than a thousand plants we seizes by officers after a search of a property at Canal Basin, and thousands were found at another property nearby.

Specialist officers remain on scene and will be examining the evidence found in the properties and carrying out initial enquiries – a process expected to take several days.

This is a hugely significant find of an operation clearly linked to organised crime gangs and we are appealing to members of the public to think back to whether they may have seen anybody behaving suspiciously in this area.

– Detective Inspector Kevin Downard, Kent Police

Man charged with murder in Gravesend

Gravesham Court, Clarence Row, Gravesend Credit: ITV news

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Kent. Police were called to an address in Gravesham Court, Clarence Row in Gravesend on Sunday and discovered the body of 29 year old Danny Wallis.

Travis John Smith ,23, of no fixed abode has been charged with murder. He is due to appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 3 June.

Three arrested after man found dead in Gravesend

"Kent Police was called to an address in Clarence Row, Gravesend, at 7.46pm on Sunday 31 May where officers located the body of a man in his 20s. Secamb attended and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Two men, both aged 23, and a woman aged 29, were subsequently arrested in Windmill Street on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody. Those arrested were known to the victim. Enquiries are on-going."

– Kent Police
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