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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.

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.

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.

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