Heating duct fallen down

School accident investigation

A Kent teacher has told ITV that he nearly had a 'national tragedy' on his hands when a heating duct collapsed on top of 150 children

Steelworker at work

Steelworkers' struggle

Former Thamesteel employees will ask MPs for help at Westminster today after delays to their redundancy payments.

Men packing food parcels for Thamesteel workers

Food bank helps job loss steelworkers

Emergency food supplies are being provided for some of the 350 steelworkers made redundant from a Thamesteel plant in Kent.

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Motorcyclist dies in crash on Isle of Sheppey

Officers were called at 10.40am to a report of a serious incident on Main Road in Queenborough. It was reported a blue Honda CR-V was travelling in the direction of Queenborough when it was involved in a head on collision with a purple Honda NES motorcycle.

A 31 year old local man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed at 11am from the junction onto the A249 and was fully reopened again by 3.25pm.

Anyone with any information or who might have witnessed the collision is asked to call the dedicated Serious Collision Investigation Unit appeal line on 01622 798538.

Compensation for those involved in Sheppey pile up

Compensation can be claimed by those involved in a crash on the Sheppey Crossing, despite no prosecutions being made, according to one of Kent's solicitors.

Around 150 vehicles were involved in the pile up on the bridge last September.

Police are offering driver alertness courses to 32 motorists who were involved.

The Sheppey Crossing crash back in September Credit: ITV Meridian


12-year-old boy in hospital after being hit by a car

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after a driver hit a 12-year-old boy and then drove off. The incident happened as the victim was crossing outside the garage forecourt at Queenborough Service Station on the Isle of Sheppey.

The male driver of a Ford, wound down the window, apologised to the boy and drove off. The youngster has been taken to hospital with cuts, grazing and a suspected broken jaw.

Anybody with information is asked to call PC Philip Dring on 01795 419389, quoting incident reference 21-0202. Alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Tracking app catches burglar with stolen chickens

Aubrey Hope Credit: Kent Police

A burglar from Sheppey has been jailed after being was caught red-handed with a pair of stolen live chickens by officers who used a mobile phone tracking app to catch him.

After drinking a bottle of whiskey, Aubrey Hope, 24, went on a burglary spree across Minster ‘to make money for himself’.

He targeted a shed at the back of a property in Marian Avenue and stole three chickens.

He was caught carrying after police tracked him using a mobile app which had been downloaded on to an iPhone he had also stolen.

Sixth person charged over Isle of Sheppey murder

A sixth person has been charged in connection with the murder of Gary Pocock on the Isle of Sheppey in August.

Officers were called on Wednesday 7th August to Warden Bay Road in Leysdown after a body was found on the beach between Little Groves caravan site and Isle of Sheppey Holiday Village.

A post mortem examination concluded Mr Pocock, 34, of Dagenham in East London, died of significant head injuries.

Five people were charged on suspicion of murder:

Now a sixth person, Lisa Terry, 32, of Grantham Road, Manor Park in Newham, has been arrested and charged with perverting the course of justice.

All six are due to appear for a plea and case management hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on 29th November.

Shortage of specialist dementia care on Isle of Sheppey

Relatives of people with dementia on the Isle of Sheppey say there is a desperate shortage of specialist help. There is not a single dementia nurse for a population of 35,000, so patients have to go to the mainland for treatment in unfamiliar surroundings that many find confusing and stressful.

It is a serious situation, but it has triggered fresh thinking about the condition that will affect 1 in 20 of us. Nashreen Issa reports.


Fifth person arrested in Isle of Sheppey murder

A 19-year-old man has been the fifth person arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Gary Pocock on the Isle of Sheppey.

The man was arrested last night. A 44-year-old man and 20-year-old man from London have also been arrested, along with another teenage boy from Warden and a 20-year-old man from Essex.

A post mortem revealed that Mr Pocock, 34, from East London _died of significant head injuries.

Detectives appeal for information after body found

Gary Pocock's body was found on the Isle of Sheppey Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating a murder in Kent have renewed their appeal for witnesses. The body of Gary Pocock was found at Leysdown-on-Sea last week. The 34 year old had suffered severe head injuries. Three people arrested in connection with his death have all been released without charge.

Police hope photo jogs memories

Police in Kent said they released photo of the victim in a murder inquiry in the hope it would jog people's memories of whether they had seen the man in the run up to his death.

Gary Pocock's body was found on 7th August 2013.

We have released this photo of Mr Pocock in the hope that it might jog memories, and that someone might have seen him in the days and hours leading up to his death and have information that can help us. We continue to run an incident room out of Warden Bay Village Hall, so I would welcome the opportunity to speak to anyone who has information, or who saw Gary prior to his death."

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon Clayden, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Witnesses or anyone with any information are urged to speak to officers in person at Warden Bay Village Hall, Warden Bay Road, Leysdown between 8am and 6pm or call 101 quoting CAD 07-0167. Anyone wanting to remain anonymous can call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man died of "significant head injuries"

A third person, a 29-year-old man from London, has been arrested as part of a murder investigation, after the death of Gary Pocock, whose body was found on the Isle of Sheppey.

The suspect was held on 9th August 2013. Two others a man and a woman had been arrested and released without charge.

A post mortem examination concluded that 34-year-old Mr Pocock, died of significant head injuries.

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