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Kent residents to pay more for police force

An extra £5 will be charged for police services in Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

Households in Kent will pay more for the county's police force next year.

Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes has secured a five pound increase in the charge, which is included with the Council Tax.

She says Kent residents still pay less for their police than most other counties and the funds are urgently needed.

Ann Barnes has secured a five pound increase in the charge, which is included with the Council Tax Credit: ITV Meridian

"The terrorist attacks in Paris last November were a game changer. The Home Secretary asked police forces across the country to increase their firearms capabilities by up to 50% and £1.2million of the extra money will help pay for the extra officers Kent Police needs to do this.

"Money will still have to be found to recruit, train and equip them, though."

– Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Ann Barnes

3 years jail for drug dealer who sold dead teen Ecstasy

Teenager Jack Pointer jailed for supplying MDMA to schoolboy Credit: Kent Police

A 19-year-old man has been jailed for three years after supplying a 15-year-old boy - who later died, with the drug MDMA.

Jack Pointer, 19, from Hill View Road in Whitstable had earlier admitted that he had supplied the Class A controlled drug to 15-year-old Josh Oliver on 29th December 2014.

The hearing at Canterbury Crown Court heard how Pointer, who is also known as Jack Church, had sold the MDMA - also known as Ecstasy - to Josh and his girlfriend for £40. The court were told that Josh suffered convulsions after taking the substance and died in hospital later that samr day. The post mortem examination found that he had died of MDMA poisoning and an inquest into his death recorded a verdict of death related to drugs.

"Kent Police takes the supply of illegal drugs extremely seriously. Taking drugs can have tragic consequences and those concerned in their supply should know that we will do everything in our power to prevent and disrupt illegal drug use and supply.

"I urge people to contact us on 101 if they are concerned about drugs in their communities. We will act on information given to us and will continue to work hard to keep drugs off our streets."

– Detective Constable Brigitte Collard, Kent Police

In sentencing Pointer on Friday 29th January Judge Adele Williams told him that she was sentencing him for supplying drugs, not for causing Josh's death, and that only a custodial sentence was justified.

"This has been a heart-breaking case, and has left a loving family facing their future without the boy they cherished dearly. I hope that young people who are already taking drugs or are considering trying them will think again after they learn of this tragedy.

"A drug dealer is far more interested in your money than in your health, and you cannot possibly know for sure what you are putting into your body when taking an illegal drug. The risks are simply too great."

– Detective Constable Martin Williams, Kent Police

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Appeal into whereabouts of teenager in Gravesend

Police want to speak to members of the public who helped a teenager in Gravesend.

The girl is safe and well, but officers are investigating the circumstances of her whereabouts up until the time she came to Gravesend police station.

The girl, described as black and wearing red jeans, a black hooded coat and black and white trainers, is thought to have spoken to a number of people and asked for directions to the nearest police station, where she arrived in a distressed state at 7.20pm on the evening of Tuesday 19th January.

"This is an unusual set of circumstances and we are making enquiries to establish where the girl may have been staying and under what conditions.

"We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the girl walking or those who spoke to her."

– Detective Constable Rob Sircar, of Kent Police

Police confirm deaths of 2 men after Kent crash

Two men have died in a car crash on the A2 at Teynham near Sittingbourne at about 1.20am on New Year's Day.

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident which involved a blue car which was travelling on the A2 London Road from the Faversham direction towards the Sittingbourne area.

Officers say the collision happened near the Dover Castle Public House at Teynham. Four adults were in the vehicle, three men and a woman. The male driver and a female who was in the front passenger seat suffered serious injuries and were taken to a hospital in London for treatment. The two back seat passengers - both men in their twenties - died in the collision.

Kent's serious collision investigation unit is handling the inquiry. Officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. Witnesses can contact the team on 01622 798538.

Appeal to help find missing man

Allan Earwicker failed to turn up in Southampton on Saturday Credit: Kent Police

Police are appealing for help to find a missing man from Gravesend.

Allan Earwicker who's 76, was expected to arrive in Southampton on Saturday afternoon but failed to reach his destination.

Mr Earwicker is described as being of large build with short grey hair and was last seen wearing a blue zip-up jacket, blue jeans and brown slip-shoes.

He is believed to be driving a grey Kia Ceed.

Have you seen missing Paul River from Deal in Kent?

Paul River has gone missing from Deal Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police are appealing for help to find a man who has gone missing from Deal. Paul River, aged 59, was last seen in Mill Road in the town at 8.30am on Tuesday 15th December.

He was wearing black shoes, black trousers, a white polo shirt and a navy blue V neck jumper beneath a coat. The coat was light & dark grey with orange flashes on its sleeves and on its front.

Mr River is believed to have visited Canterbury on Tuesday, and is known to visit Margate. He has a bus pass and may be using public transport.

Anyone with information about Mr River's location can contact Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 15-1166. In an emergency call 999.

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Witness appeal after fatal collision in Broadstairs

Fatal collision happened just after midnight

A man has died in a crash in Broadstairs. The fatal collision happened near The Broadway just after midnight this morning when a grey Volvo left the carriageway, mounted a pavement and hit two telecommunications boxes.

A 65-year-old man was confirmed dead at hospital. A passenger was treated for minor injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen what happened at the scene in St Peter’s Road at its junction with Gladstone Road.

'The driver, a 65-year-old old local man, was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital where he was later confirmed dead. His next of kin has been informed.

'One passenger in the Volvo was treated for minor injuries and been discharged from hospital. there were no other vehicles involved but I would like any witnesses who saw the Volvo prior to or at the time of the collision to call our dedicated appeal line on 01622 798538, or email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk quoting incident 14-037.'

– Detective Sergeant Scott Lynch, Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit

Police hunt suspect after teenager sexually assaulted

Computer generated image of man police want to speak to after assault Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police have issued an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to after a woman in her late teens was sexually assaulted in Canterbury.

Officers were called to the St Stephens area of the city shortly after 6.30am on Friday 13th November, following reports of a distressed woman.

The man they want to speak to has been described as having a Middle Eastern or Turkish appearance and aged around 20. He was about 5ft 7 ins tall and of chubby build, with black hair, which was shaved at the sides and longer on top. His face was shaven with some stubble. He was wearing dark jeans and a white t-shirt.

Anyone with information can call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting crime reference ZY/035965/15. Or contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Have you seen missing Michael from Margate?

Michael Wiles has gone missing from Margate Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police are appealing for help to trace a man who has gone missing from his home in Margate. Michael Wiles was last seen at on Wellesley Road in the town at 8 o'clock this morning.

He is 6ft 1in tall, of a slim build. It is not known what he wa swearing when he disappeared, but he usually wears casual shirts with jeans.

‘It is out of character for him to go missing like this and his family are very worried about him.’

– Inspector Steve Impey, Kent Police
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