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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 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

Fake tobacco shops forced to close

Credit: Medway Council

Medway Council has terminated the leases of two shops which were selling illegal tobacco.

The council’s Trading Standards team, along with with Kent Police and the owners of the two businesses forced through the shop closures.

The leaseholders who were running the shops at East Europe Foods and Monika’s Mini Market, both in Gillingham - were terminated.

Police officers working with tobacco sniffer dogs found both shops stocking illegal tobacco.

Despite a previous prosecution in 2014 at East Europe Foods, it was still found to be selling counterfeit and non-duty paid tobacco on return visits.

Officers needed to make return visits as the staff continually changed, with one even thought to have left the country.

The leaseholders of East Europe Foods had constructed false walls, floors and trap doors to hide the products and also hid tobacco within food packaging on the shelves.

Although the shop did have other items allegedly for sale it was clear it been set up just to sell illegal tobacco.

Since August 2015, Trading Standards has seized more than 68,000 illegal cigarettes and 21 kilos of rolling tobacco - the bulk of which came from these two shops.

22,410 cigarettes were found at Monika’s and 18,030 at East Europe Foods.

Credit: Medway Council

The people running these shops have demonstrated they have absolutely no intention of complying with the law.

They avoid paying duty, cheat the system wherever they can and make huge amounts of money off the sale of illegal tobacco.

We are determined to stamp them out and as these cases demonstrate we will continue to drive them out of business.

– Cllr. Andrew Mackness, Medway Council
Credit: Medway Council

CCTV image released by police after assault

CCTV image released of man in connection with assault Credit: Kent Police

Officers investigating an assault in Maidstone have released an image of a man that they would like to speak to.

The incident occurred on 23 August, between 2.45am and 3.15am, in High Street, near the junction with Mill Street. It was reported that a 25 year-old man was assaulted, and sustained facial injuries.

Kent Police has now released an image of a man that they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Tom Farley at Maidstone police station by calling 01622 604100, quoting crime reference YY/17003/15.

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Two men arrested over fatal Margate stabbing

Two men aged 23 and 49 have been arrested on suspicion of murder by detectives in Kent investigating the death of a man found injured in Margate.

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses. Officers had been called to reports of a disturbance in Market Place in the town at about 1am on Saturday 12th September. The victim was found with an injury. He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital for medical attention, but he was later pronounced dead.

The two arrested men are in police custody pending further inquiries. The investigation continues.

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 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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