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Can you help find Margaret Coston who disappeared in 1997?

Detectives are following up a number of possible leads in the search for a missing woman from Kent, who disappeared almost twenty years ago.

Margaret Coston, who was 54, was last seen at Pembury Hospital. Police have been searching nearby woodland.

An appeal has led to several calls from the public.

Margaret Coston was last seen on 23rd February 1997 Credit: Kent Police

"We have had a really encouraging response to the appeal, with a number of people who knew Margaret contacting us.

"It has been a long time since the original investigation and so it is important we reassess any details of the original investigation we hold with any new information which may now arise.

"Over the coming weeks we will be speaking to these people to see if there are any new clues, which can help us piece together what may have happened to Margaret all those years ago."

– Inspector Ray Quiller

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Police renew appeal for witnesses to crash which killed 17-year-old Jack

Officers investigating a fatal crash on the Medway City Estate are renewing their appeal for witnesses.

17-year-old Jack Mander from Strood, died at the scene on Anthony’s Way, Rochester, shortly after 9pm on Thursday 13th October 2016. He was riding his Yamaha 125 motorcycle when he was involved in a collision with a Volvo heavy goods vehicle.

ack Mander from Strood died at the scene of the crash on Anthony's Way Credit: Kent Police

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have travelled along Anthony’s Way after the incident, and who noticed that a collision had happened.

They have viewed CCTV footage and believe a second motorcyclist wearing a fluorescent jacket or tabard may be able to help with their enquiries. The motorcyclist travelled along Anthony’s Way in the direction of the entrance to the estate about a minute or two after the collision, and may be able to provide important evidence.

A 44-year-old man from Wiltshire who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving has been released on bail.

Man in hospital after firearms incident near Ashford

A shotgun may have been involved in the incident at Little Chart Credit: Bing

A man is in hospital after a firearms incident at a property in Kent.

Detectives are appealing for information after a man in his 40s was left with an injury following an incident with a weapon believed to have been a shotgun. It happened in Little Chart on the outskirts of Ashford. Officers are trying to locate up to five other people who had been in the property before the incident happened.

The injured man is in a stable condition in hospital. Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting 211507. Or you can call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Body found in lorry which may have come from France

A body has been found in lorry in Kent. Credit: @Kent_999s

A man has been found dead in the back of a lorry which police believe may have come from France.

Officers from Kent Police were called to the incident on the A20 at Sellindge near Folkestone on Tuesday morning.

The South East Coast Ambulance was also deployed to the area.

An investigation is underway to identify the dead man and find out the cause of his death.

Police raid brothels to rescue girls from 'modern-day slavery'

Police have raided dozens of brothels across Kent and Sussex as part of a national crackdown on the criminal gangs trafficking young women into the sex trade. Four eastern European girls are being offered the help of welfare services after the raid in Ashford. In many cases victims are forced into prostitution, in what police describe as a form of modern-day slavery.

Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham from Kent Police issued an appeal for the public to report any suspicious activity.Position12reorder

‘Operation Perceptional has been coordinated by the National Crime Agency and although this is very much business as usual for the force, we are keen to play our part and raise awareness.

‘Kent is the gateway to Europe and does provide criminals the opportunity to traffic individuals through the region. However, this is a national problem which we are working hard with our partners to target.

‘Prostitution is a hidden crime, it is rare that victims come forward and as a consequence of that it is important that people come forward with information if they have concerns about a suspected brothel operating in their neighbourhood.

‘It is often the case a house, flat or bungalow is rented for a short period of time and has two or more women residing in it. There will be a steady stream of male visitors who stay for a short time and periodically the occupants of the property will change.

‘The woman working within the brothels are often brought into the country under the false pretence of working in the beauty or child care industry, they are intimidated and have their passports taken away before being forced into prostitution. They are some of the vulnerable people that we come across and I would ask anyone who has information that may help us safeguard the future wellbeing of these individuals, to come forward.’

– Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham, Kent Police

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Have you seen missing Charlotte aged 14?

14-year-old Charlotte Dutton has gone missing

A 14 year old girl has gone missing from her home in Maidstone. Charlotte Dutton's disappearance was reporting to Kent Police at 5.10pm on Monday 17th October.

It is believed that Charlotte was last seen in the Fant area of Maidstone at about 8am on that same day. She was wearing a Maidstone Grammar School for Girls uniform.

Charlotte is white, 5ft 6ins tall with a slim build. She has short, dark brown hair and dark eyes.

Anyone with information can contact Kent Police by telephoning 101 and quoting 17-0982.

'He was innocent' says father of suspect shot by police

The father of a man shot dead by police as they investigated the killing of a pensioner in Kent says he's convinced of his son's innocence.

Billy Smith had been questioned over the murder of Roy Blackman, who was bludgeoned to death by a gang of burglars at his home in Biddenden.

He was released but went missing after taking off the electronic monitoring tag he'd been fitted with as part of his bail requirement.

Mr Smith was later shot dead in Goudhurst. Police say he was carrying a stolen gun.

But his father says there was no need for armed officers to confront him, and he believes his son played no part in the Blackman burglary.

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Life sentence for burglar who killed homeowner

A man has been jailed for life after being found guilty of murdering a pensioner at his home in Kent .

Roy Blackman, 73, was battered to death while trying to protect his property at Biddenden from a gang of burglars.

Mark Love has been told he will serve a minimum of 28 years in jail.

He was also found guilty of playing a part in another violent burglary in which champion marksman George Digweed was beaten around the head.

Kent Police said the hunt for the rest of the gang - and for missing cash from the two raids - will continue.

We speak to Mr Digweed and include tributes from Mr Blackman's friends and work colleagues shortly after the attack.

Killer burglar is caught shopping on CCTV - hours after murdering a defenceless pensioner

The man who murdered elderly businessman Roy Blackman went shopping after the violent attack, spending the money he'd stolen in the burglary.

Mark Love has been found guilty of the murder of Mr Blackman, who was 73. He was beaten and killed in his home by a gang of burglars, one of whom was Love. The others have yet to be caught.

Mark Love, who is guilty of murdering Roy Blackman Credit: Kent Police

He and the gang are also responsible for a burglary and vicious attack on married couple George and Kate Digweed, in their home in Northiam, before they targeted Mr Blackman.

"Kate and I have been through an horrific ordeal which has changed our lives forever. We are slowly rebuilding our confidence in trusting people and our surroundings. We have the opportunity of rebuilding our lives, a privilege that cannot unfortunately be afforded to Roy Blackman, whose family has shown immense courage throughout this whole ordeal.

We would like to thank Kent and Sussex Police for their support and especially Detective Sergeant Shelly Chantler, from Kent police, who has helped greatly in getting us through this difficult period."

– George Digweed, victim of burglary gang
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