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Burglar jailed after punching woman's face

Russell Dunn Credit: Kent Police

A man who forced his way into a woman’s home, punched her in the face and stole her phone has been jailed for more than five years.

Russell Dunn, 30, previously from Seasalter in Whitstable was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to committing burglary, while intending to cause grievous bodily harm.

Dunn knew his victim and had started sending her threatening and abusive text messages.

Then on the evening on 2 October 2013, Dunn turned up at her home in Herne Bay banging aggressively at the front door.

He then kicked through a double glazed window, climbed into the house and walked towards the victim where he punched her twice on the cheek causing her to fall to the floor.

While on the floor he kicked her in the jaw and stomach before stamping on her hand when she tried to reach the phone. He then left the house, taking her mobile phone with her.

The victim was treated in hospital for her injuries.

Dunn was arrested by Kent Police at his home address a short time later.

He pleaded guilty to committing burglary while intending to cause grievous bodily harm and was jailed for five years and four months.

Investigating officer Kent Police Sergeant Kenneth Veck said: ‘I would like to acknowledge the victim’s neighbours and her family as being instrumental in the investigation and supporting her on the night.

‘Her bravery must be highlighted, in her actions during the assault to protect her children upstairs while relaying information to the call taker, as well as her support of a police prosecution while recovering from the ferocious attack.’

Children among group rescued from mud

A group of people had to be winched off their speed boat after it ran aground in Herne Bay harbour.

Two children were with two men and a women who had to be rescued after their boat got stuck in the mud by the Neptune’s arm.

One of the group being rescued Credit: Michael McLaughlin

Coastguards were on the scene within minutes of the alarm being raised, but the RAF rescue helicopter was called to minimise delays.

A man being winched to safety Credit: Michael McLaughlin
A child is pulled to safety Credit: Michael McLaughlin
The group were airlifted out of the mud Credit: Michael McLaughlin


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Efit released following distraction burglary

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a distraction burglary Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating a distraction burglary in Herne bay have released a computer generated image of a man that they would like to speak to.**

*On the afternoon of 19 April a man aged in his 60s received a knock at his front door in Claremont Street in Herne Bay. *

A man was there who asked if he would borrow a pen and paper from the victim to note down some details.**

When the man left the victim noticed that his cash box was missing and it is believed a second man entered the property while the victim was being distracted by the caller at his front door. The box was believed to have had over £100 in it.**

The victim has assisted with the production of a computer generated image and officers would now like to speak to anyone who recognises the man in the image.**


Warning after rescues from mud

Kent Fire and Rescue Service is asking the public to be extra careful in coastal areas after two incidents where people became stuck in mud near Herne Bay.

A spokesman said the ground was still soft in tidal areas because of recent wet weather. He urged dog owners not to put their lives at risk by rescuing pets - walkers in trouble should always dial 999.

Firefighters, police, paramedics & coastguard in mud rescue

Crews needed extra help to rescue two women from the mud at Herne Bay Credit: Herne Bay Coastguard

Firefighters from Kent Fire & Rescue pulled two women and a dog out of the mud following a landslide at Bishopstone Glen, Herne Bay on Sunday afternoon.

The rescue was a multi-agency effort involving Herne Bay Coastguard - who received the initial call - Kent Police, the South east coast Ambulance Service, and Sheppey Coastguard.

It was one of three incidents involving people becoming stuck in the mud in the area on Sunday.

Emergency crews involved in mud rescue on the Kent coast Credit: Herne Bay Coastguard

Herne bay Coastguard are warning members of the public to call 999 if their dogs get stuck in the mud, rather than trying to rescue the animals themselves.

Dramatic rescue after women stuck waist deep in mud

Women became stuck in the mud while walking dog Credit: Herne Bay Coastguard

Two women and a dog have been rescued after becoming stuck in the mud during a walk at Bishopstone Glen in Herne Bay in Kent. The women had became stuck after trying to rescue the dog following a cliff fall.

The alert was raised shortly after 3pm on Sunday. Both casualties were checked over by the ambulance services.

There had been an earlier incident between Herne Bay and Reculver at around 11am when another woman sank into the mud. Her rescue was finished by 1230.

Members of the Whitstable RNLI branch were called out to assist Kent Fire & Rescue crews with the rescue because firefighters were unable to reach the victims.

A woman became stuck in the mud off the coast at Reculver Credit: Whitstable RNLI
Fire crews and coastguards were involved in the Reculver rescue Credit: Whitstable RNLI
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