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Man charged with murder after death of twin brother

Police who are investigating the death of a man in a house in Langdown Road, Hythe have charged a man.

31-year-old Robert Cerqua of Langdown Road, Hythe has been charged with murder. He is due to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court on Friday, January 3.

31-year-old Christopher Cerqua received serious injuries in an altercation. Police were called at about 9pm Tuesday, December 31. Mr Cerqua was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he died at 10.20pm.

Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team are leading the inquiry, called Operation Redding.


Police appeal for missing Hythe man

A 65-year-old man from Hythe has been reported missing since Saturday.

He was last seen in the Roseberry Avenue area and is described as 5ft 7ins with short grey hair, wearing work clothes and Wellingtons.

Edmund Jeske has been missing from Hythe since Saturday Credit: Hampshire Police

Officers are very concerned for Edmund’s welfare and would like to hear from anyone who has seen him or knows where he is.He is believed to have links to the Hythe, Marchwood, East Boldre, Brockenhurst and Lymington areas.

Hythe woman racially attacked in her own garden

Police are seeking information from the public after an unprovoked racial attack on a woman from Hythe in her own back garden.

While her young children slept upstairs, the woman, 33, went to her garden at Beech Crescent to find her cat at about 10pm Wednesday 23rd October.

She was grabbed by a man hiding behind her gazebo sheeting and felt an unknown object held to her throat.

Two other men were seen, and all three men hit the woman in the face, causing bruising and cuts.

They whispered abuse of a racist nature to her. They knew the names of her children and threatened her and the children, if she went to the police.

All three men had English accents. They wore dark clothing and covered their faces with dark masks with the eye holes cut out.

I was pulled the other side of the sheeting directly behind the patio doors. I immediately felt something pushing against my throat, and I was paralysed by fear. I just wanted to get away, but could not shout through fear.

– Victim's statement to the police

Appeal for fail-to-stop driver

Hythe Police are appealing for the driver whose car collided with a bicycle to come forward.

The crash happened on Saturday 17th August at 1.30pm when the car hit a 13-year-old boy who was cycling towards Netley View.

A small cream or white car overtook him and pulled in sharply.

The rear of the car collided with the front wheel of the bike, then the boy fell off and tumbled several times.

The car did not stop.

PC Gary Kimble wants to hear from any witnesses and for the driver to come forward.

Fortunately, the boy was not seriously injured. However, I would appeal to the driver to come forward to police. I also need to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, but who has not talked to police."

– PC Gary Kimble, Southampton Police

Police want to speak to this man after bank threat

On Thursday 28 March, 2013, at around 2pm, a man reportedly entered the Lloyds TSB Bank in High Street, New Romney and made an attempt to rob the bank.

He demanded cash and threatened staff before leaving the bank empty-handed.

The suspect is described as in his 60s, of stocky build and was wearing a dark coloured heavy jacket, blue jeans and a distinctive aviator style dark coloured hat.

Officers investigating the two incidents are looking into the possibility they are linked.

Anyone who knows the man or has information about his whereabouts is asked to ring Kent Police on 101, quoting ZY/28750/12 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


CCTV footage released after hotel bomb claim

Police investigating two serious incidents in Hythe and New Romney have released CCTV footage of two men they would like to trace.

Just before 10.30am on Friday 28 September 2012, a man entered the Hythe Imperial Hotel in Princes Parade, Hythe and made threats towards a member of staff.

He then demanded to see the manager and it was reported he produced a handgun, allegedly demanded a large amount of money and claimed there was a bomb in the hotel before leaving.

No device was found after the hotel was evacuated.

The suspect is described as in his 60s, white, of medium build, with grey receding hair, tanned complexion and blue eyes. He was wearing a beige raincoat, dark coloured trousers, a smart shirt, smart black shoes and was carrying a dark coloured bag with a handle and strap.

Fishermen in fight over conservation zone

Fishermen in Whitstable Credit: PA

Hundreds of fishermen say they are fighting for their livelihoods today. They say a proposed fishing ban to preserve stocks would be disastrous for the east Kent fleet.

The Government plans to turn Kent's most important fishing ground into a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).

Fishermen say the move would deliver a "killer blow" to 100-plus fishing boats at Folkestone, Hythe, Whitstable and Dungeness.

Environmentalists, however, say the zones are necessary to preserve fish and sea creature habitats.

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