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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.

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.

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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

Electoral fraud allegation in constituency Farage lost

Counting for the Thanet South seat in the General Election

Kent Police have confirmed that they are looking into an allegation of electoral fraud in the Thanet South constituency seat.

The leader of UKIP Nigel Farage temporarily resigned as party head over the weekend after he failed to win the seat. Instead, Craig Mackinlay, a Conservative became the Thanet South MP after last Thursday's General Election. He won 18,838 votes compared to Mr Farage's 16,026.

UKIP took control of Thanet District Council in following the local elections counton Saturday.

"Kent Police has received a report of electoral fraud. Inquiries are ongoing."

– Kent Police spokesperson

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Thief threw wheelbarrow at police during car chase

A man has been jailed after he stole a van and threw a wheelbarrow at police trying to catch him.

Wayne Byrne, 32, of no fixed address, also detached a trailer and digger during the chase in Kent, narrowly missing the officers travelling behind him.

Byrne and his accomplices stole the Ford Transit from outside a property on Sutton Road, Maidstone. Shortly after, officers saw the van travelling along Headcorn Road and gave chase.

Byrne climbed out of the passenger seat and into the back of the van through a side door. He then opened the back door to detach the trailer before throwing the wheelbarrow as well as a generator, various power tools and clothing into the road.

Byrne was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday 9 April after pleading guilty of two counts of attempting to commit grievous bodily harm, and one count of theft.

‘Byrne showed no concern for the officers’ welfare or the safety of other road users while throwing items out of the back the van he had stolen, which is obviously an incredibly dangerous thing to do. ‘He clearly poses a risk to public safety so prison is the best place for him.’

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Laura Pallett

Two charged with murder after Swaleside prisoner death

Two men have been charged with murder after a prisoner died in HMP Swaleside.

Jason George Gomez, 44, and Paul Wadkin, 32, were remanded in custody to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court today via videolink.

The body of a 40-year-old man was found in a cell on Wednesday

They were arrested as part of a Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a man in his 40s in a cell on Wednesday 25 March.

Three charged after multiple car thefts

Three people have been charged with conspiracy to commit theft after several reports of cars being stolen from garages in Kent.

The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate launched and investigation after it was alleged vehicles totally more than £250,000 had been removed from dealerships.

Phillip Christmas, aged 30, from Galleywood Crescent in Romford and 35 year-old Stacey Jestico from Greatfields Road in Barking were each charged with conspiracy to steal. Philip West, also 35, of Scrattons Terrace in Barking was also charged with conspiracy to steal earlier this month.

All three defendants are due to appear in court next month.

Drugs worth £100,000 seized in Kent raid

Cannabis, cocaine and MDMA (ecstasy) were found during the raid Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Drugs with a street values of £100,000 have been seized from houses in Kent.

Officers carried out a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act in D’este Road, Ramsgate yesterday. Substances believed to be cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy) and cannabis were seized along with associated equipment.

A second warrant was carried out in King Street, Ramsgate where police uncovered a quantity of a substance believed to be heroin.

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. A 47 year old man, two 24 year old men all from Ramsgate, and a 21-year old from London are all currently in police custody.

Kent Police Detective Sergeant Keith Taylor said: ‘This is good work carried out by officers. We estimate the drugs seized today could be worth in total as much as £100,000.

'That is a significant amount of drugs that have been stopped from getting onto our streets and affecting the community. I would urge anyone who suspects drug activity near them to report it to police.’

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