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Man due in court charged with sexual assault

Police have tonight charged a 30 year old man in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in Kent. Christopher Michael Hatcher, 30, of Dymchurch Road in Hythe, has been charged with sexual assault, kidnap, false imprisonment, outraging public decency and robbery. It follows an alleged attack in Hythe on the 22nd of June. He is due to appear before Medway magistrates on Friday.

Concerns for missing Hythe woman

Kelly Garrett was last seen dropping her son off at school yesterday morning Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned this morning for the safety of 38-year-old Kelly Garrett from Hythe. She didn’t pick up her son from Hythe Primary School yesterday afternoon and was last seen dropping him off in the morning.

Kelly’s family are worried because her disappearance is out of character, although she has been upset recently. She didn't tell anyone she wouldn't be picking up her son. Kelly has also left her keys and phone at home.

Kelly was last seen wearing light coloured, possibly white leggings or skinny jeans, a bright coloured top and was carrying a beige shoulder bag. Her hair has recently changed and is described as a bob style, which is a vibrant red colour.


Man jailed for 10 years for offences against children

Martin Locke has been sent to jail for 10 years Credit: Kent Police

A man from Hythe has been jailed for 10 years for committing offences against children.

Martin Locke, who is 64-years-old, had been in contact via email to arrange and take part in the sexual assault of two children aged 11 and 7.

However, before the meeting could take place, officers went to his address in Tanners Hill in Hythe with a search warrant where he was arrested and later charged.

Whilst on remand, officers found further evidence to charge Locke with.

He was found to have sexually assaulted two girls aged 12 and 13 as well as distributing indecent images of children.

Officers also found footage from where Locke had filmed up girls' skirts without them knowing.

Detective Constable Matthew Avery from Kent Police said, "I am pleased that we have been able to put a stop to his offending and to prevent anyone else becoming a victim of his crimes."

Lucky escape after home has no smoke alarms

Three people have been rescued from a fire at a house in Hythe after their house was not fitted with smoke alarms.

Control operators received the emergency call at 10:03 and mobilised three crews.

Officer in charge Group Manager Dan Tasker said, "The property was not fitted with smoke detectors so there was no early warning of fire. This could have been much worse and quite possibly fatal for the three people we managed to rescue. "

The fire started in the rear of the property and an investigation will determine the cause.

All three casualties suffered smoke inhalation and were handed over to South Central Ambulance Service.


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
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