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Couple jailed after 'violent attack' with screwdriver

Robert Symons & Jenny Turrell have been jailed for three years each Credit: Kent Police

A couple who stabbed a man following a dispute over building work have each been jailed for three years.

Robert Symons, aged 51, and his wife Jenny Turrell, 49, from Swanley attacked the man in Margate on 9th February 2015. The victim had been walking along Ethelbert Gardens in the Cliftonville area of town. He was punched, kicked and stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver.

The pair were found guilty of wounding at Canterbury Crown Court, and were each sentenced to three years behind bars. Turrell was also found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

‘This was a violent, unprovoked attack by a couple, which was aggravated by the use of a screwdriver.

‘The stab wound thankfully missed any arteries and the victim survived but it could have easily been much worse.

‘I’m pleased justice has been served and would like to thank the witness for coming forward and speaking out and supporting the case.’

– Detective Constable Neil Martin, Kent Police

Witness appeal after fatal collision in Southborough

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after the death of a man believed to have been involved in a collision with a car in Southborough near Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

The 20-year-old victim was found injured by the side of the road at 1.40am on the morning of Saturday 8th August. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives said that the dead man was local to the area and that his next-of-kin have been informed.

Police closed the A26 Londonbound and spent much of the day carrying out an investigation. The road was reopened at 2pm.

The collision happened on the A26 at Southborough

`It is thought the man was involved in a collision with a vehicle which then made off from the scene. Officers are making urgent enquiries to identify and trace the vehicle and its driver.

‘Anyone who witnessed the collision or who has any information which may assist Kent Police is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit's dedicated appeal line on 01622 798538, or e-mail sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 08-126.

‘Alternatively, witnesses can leave information anonymously via Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.’

– Inspector Martin Stevens, Kent Police

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11-year-old boy charged in robbery investigation

An 11-year-old boy has been charged with theft and assault after a 90-year-old woman was reportedly robbed in Dartford.

Police were called to Cowgate Hill at 3.10pm on Saturday 6 June.

The woman sustained injuries and cash was reported missing following the incident.

The 11-year-old boy is due to appear at youth court at a later date. A 17-year-old boy was also arrested but was later released without charge.

E-fit released in taxi driver robbery investigation

Kent Police release e-fit of robbery suspect Credit: Kent Police

An e-fit has been released of a man Kent Police police want to talk to after a robbery near Hythe in the early hours of Tuesday 12th May.

The robbery happened when a car pulled up behind a taxi which was parked on a grass verge on the A20 at at about 3am.

Two men who got out of the car went over to the taxi, pulled the taxi driver out of his vehicle and pushed him onto the bonnet. The taxi driver said one of the men tried to hit him with a baseball bat, then the two men left and got back into their car and drove off. When the taxi driver got home he noticed his wallet was missing.

Kent police are appealing for anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit or who has information in connection with the incident to get in touch with them by telephoning 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/014136/15.

Police granted extra time to to question man

Kent Police have been granted extra time to question a 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in Tonbridge.

Officers were called to Hectorage Road at 7.15pm on Tuesday night. A 54-year-old man was found dead at the scene, along with a 34-year-old man who was taken to hospital with serious injuries. They were believed to have suffered knife wounds.

Detectives say the three men knew each other and officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.

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Man arrested on suspicion of murder in Tonbridge

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after an incident in Kent.

Officers were called to a property on Hectorage Road in Tonbridge at 7.15pm on Tuesday night. One man had sustained injuries which led to his death, and another was taken to a London hospital with serious injuries.

A third man arrested on suspicion of murder is in police custody. Officers believe the three men knew each other.

An investigation is being carried out by officers from the Serious Crime Directorate.

Man jailed for sexually assaulting woman while she slept

A man has been jailed for breaking into a woman's home and sexually assaulting her as she slept.

Samuel Miller's victim ran out of the house screaming when she woke to find him in her home.

Miller, 30, of St John’s Road, Sevenoaks had been out walking alone in the town in the early hours of 26th July 2014.

The victim had been sleeping on her sofa when she woke to find Miller sexually assaulting her.

She told him to leave but he came back again by forcing a window. The victim then ran out into the street, screaming for help.

Miller was sentenced to five years in prison at Maidstone Crown Court.

‘The court has seen through Miller’s lies and recognised that the victim was entirely blameless for his despicable behaviour. 'I hope that the sentence passed will now provide some comfort and reassurance to the victim, that he no longer poses a danger.’

– Detective Constable Raj Dusanjh, Kent Police

Kent Police investigate ballot box tampering claims

Kent Police have confirmed that they are investigating allegations that ballot boxes may have been tampered with, in what was one of the highest profile election battles in the country last week.

Last Friday morning, Nigel Farage was defeated in his attempt to become an MP in South Thanet for UKIP. He lost to the Conservative candidate by more than 2,800 votes.

But after claims that ballot boxes were interfered with, Kent Police say they are now conducting enquiries into electoral fraud in the constituency. Here's our Political Correspondent, Phil Hornby.

Kent Police: 'No evidence of electoral fraud so far'

Kent Police clarify electoral fraud allegation over Thanet South election

On Monday 11 May, Kent Police was contacted by a member of the public from outside the county with a concern around election fraud due to speculation on social media in South Thanet. Initial enquiries by officers have been carried out and so far no evidence of electoral fraud has been found.

– Kent Police spokesperson
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