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Man charged with murder after body found in Headcorn

A man has been charged with murder after the discovery of a body in Headcorn, Kent.

Forty-year-old Ruslan Piktorov, of no fixed address, was charged last night with the murder of Trevor Hillman.

The 57-year-old's body was found on Church Walk on the morning of Wednesday 22nd October.

Mr Piktorov is due before magistrates in Maidstone today.

A second man was arrested but has been released without charge.

'I would like to thank the Headcorn community for their assistance with this investigation.'

– DI Lee Whitehead, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Drug arrests following search of address

Three males have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs after Kent police officers searched an address in Tunbridge Wells.

Officers found cash and quantities of substances believed to be heroin at a property in Rowan Tree Road on 9 October. Two men, aged 19 and 20, and a 16 year-old-boy were arrested.

All of the suspects are from the Tunbridge Wells area and have been bailed, pending further enquiries until 11 December.

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Jail for man who tried to strangle former partner

Christopher Hamilton was sentenced to almost a decade in prison for trying to strangle his former partner Credit: Kent Police

A Chatham man who strangled his former partner until she passed out has been jailed for attempted murder.

Christopher Hamilton, 30, was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison by a judge at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday.

Hamilton pleaded guilty to trying to kill his former partner following a disagreement in the early hours of 16 June.

Investigating officer, PC John Griffin of the Medway Local District Policing Team, said: 'This was a sickeningly violent attack on a defenceless woman who had no chance against Hamilton. He claimed it was done in the heat of the moment and that they had a volatile relationship. This is absolutely no excuse.

'I would like to commend the victim's bravery in coming forward and supporting a prosecution against her former partner. I welcome the news Hamilton will be spending a substantial amount of time behind bars and hope this gives his victim the strength she needs to move forward and rebuild her life.'

For more information on services available for victims of domestic abuse, visit the Kent Police advice page or www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk.

Kent Police told to review investigation into cyclist death

Delays interviewing witnesses, torchlight examinations and the decision not to seize and forensically examine potential evidence.

All things that must be explained by Kent Police after The Independent Police Complaints Commission ordered it to review a family's concerns about the investigation into their father's death.

Richard Jordan died when he came off his bike and suffered fatal injuries. A coroner ruled the death was accidental. But his family still believe the police investigation was inadequate. Sarah Saunders spoke to Richard Jordan's wife Sue, family friend Steve Salter and son Neil.

Wife killer to appeal his conviction

A man who murdered his wife in a staged car accident and tried to kill his second in a copycat crash has launched a fresh bid to clear his name. Malcolm Webster, who's 55, was jailed for a minimum of thirty years for killing Claire Morris from Upchurch, Kent in the planned crash in Aberdeenshire in 1994 and attempting to kill Felicity Drumm in New Zealand in 1999 to claim insurance money. The former nurse, from Guildford, Surrey, was handed the life sentence after being convicted of the crimes in May 2011 following a five-month trial.

Police release e-fit after woman assaulted in Kent

Detectives believe the man in this e-fit may be able to help with their inquiries Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating a sexual assault in Kent have released an e-fit image of a man they believe may be able to help with their inquiries.

A woman in her 30s reported being assaulted in Hampstead near Gillingham on Tuesday the 26th August. She said she had been walking along an alleyway between Cedar Grove and Birch Grove at around 8.10am, when she was approached by a man who grabbed her and sexually assaulted her. The woman said she managed to break free, and that the man ran off down the alleyway towards Hempstead Valley Drive.

The woman said the man who attacked her was white, around 5ft7in tall, about 35-40 years old, and was wearing a grey hooded top with pockets and light coloured jeans.

"The victim in this case was left extremely distressed and we are appealing to the community to come forward if they recognise the man in this image.

'We believe he may have information that could assist in our investigation and I would ask members of the public to call me on 01634 792645, quoting crime reference XY/030366/14.

'Alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

– Detective Sergeant Darryll Paulson, Kent Police

Kent Police have arrested a man, aged 47, from Gillingham in connection with the incident. He has been bailed until the 6th October pending further inquiries.

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Appeal for information after boy aged 7 killed in crash

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after a seven-year-old boy died in a fatal collision on the A20 near Hythe. A grey Kia Soul car and a black DAF lorry had collided on the Londonbound carriageway.

Officers were called to the scene at Saltwood at 9.30am on Friday 29th August. The road was closed until 2.40pm - causing major delays.

A family of five from the Leeds area who had been travelling in the car suffered serious injuries. The seven-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other young children and their parents were airlifted to hospitals in London.

‘This was clearly a tragic incident and we continue to work to ensure we have the full picture of the circumstances that led to the collision.

‘I would urge any witnesses who have not already spoken with police to contact us as soon as possible. I am also keen to get in contact with a female driver of a blue vehicle who stopped at the scene to assist with traffic control.

‘I would like to ask that person to get in contact to help with my enquiries.’

– PC Dawn Smith, Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.

Fatal crash on M26 in Kent

Kent Police is appealing for information following a fatal road traffic collision on the M26.

At 4.55pm on 23 August, a grey Citroen C2 was travelling along the London-bound carriageway at Kemsing when it went off the road and collided with the bank.

The driver and only occupant of the vehicle, a London man in his 30s, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is not believed any other vehicle was involved but officers from the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit ask anybody who witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle prior to the incident to call 01622 798538.

Kent Police search for rape suspect

Police hunt for Christopher Adjei Credit: Kent Police

Detectives carrying out searches for a man last seen at Canterbury Crown Court are refreshing their appeal for information.

Christopher Adjei, 29, from Riversdale Road in Ramsgate, was charged with attempted rape on 31 July, in relation to an incident which occurred in Canterbury on 14th June. He had been bailed to appear at court on 18 August.

Adjei appeared at court on that date but was reported missing at about 3pm.

Officers working on the case believe he could now be in the Thanet and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Fuel stolen underneath Nick Clegg's country home

Chevening House, the Deputy Prime Minister's official country residence Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Kent Police has launched an investigation after thieves siphoned fuel from a pipeline running under Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's official country residence.

Police said initial indications were that it had been "a well organised crime". A gang drilled their way into the pipeline, which passes through Chevening House estate, shared by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary.

The fuel was funnelled along a 1,600 foot pipe to an area just outside the 3,500 acre estate near Sevenoaks, Kent, and pumped into huge plastic containers aboard lorries.

About 30,000 litres of fuel a day was stolen over seven months, with a value of £8.3 million at pumps.

The theft was discovered on Wednesday after new security measures were introduced on Esso's South East Pipeline. The line, 120 miles long, carries fuel from Fawley Refinery in Hampshire to Purfleet Fuel Terminal and Gatwick.

A Kent Police spokesman said: 'Kent Police was notified of some tampering to a fuel pipeline in the Sevenoaks area on August 6. Initial indications are that this was a well organised crime, employing highly specialist techniques to siphon fuel from pipelines which operate at very high pressure.'

An Esso spokesman said: 'We recently strengthened our pipeline security and monitoring procedures, and on Wednesday detected criminal damage at Chevening on the South East Pipeline, which transports fuel from the Fawley Refinery, Hampshire to Purfleet Fuel Terminal and Gatwick Airport.<

'The section of pipeline was temporarily shut down to make repairs, which have now been completed. There has been no impact on supplies to customers.

'We strongly condemn the highly dangerous criminal action by those involved and are working closely with the police in their criminal investigations.'

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