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Kent Police warn against vigilante action after Bluewater incident

Kent Police have warned people not to take the law into their own hands to following a confrontation at the Bluewater shopping centre on Easter Sunday. A 29 year-old man has been charged with grooming after Kent Police were called to a disturbance at the shopping centre. He has denied the charge and will appear at Maidstone Crown Court next month. A force spokesman said any reports of violence will be investigated and inquiries are ongoing.

Police ask men who helped woman to come forward

Police officers investigating an a reported assault on a young woman in Canterbury in Kent are appealing for the people who helped her afterwards to come forward.

The woman in her twenties was reportedly assaulted by a man she knew while they were on Military Road in the city. Two other men passing by shouted at the attacker to stop it. It happened near the roundabout with Tourtel Road between 11pm and midnight on Sunday 16th April 2017.

The woman was not seriously injured in the incident and walked home home after it happened. Kent Police want to trace those two witnesses, and anyone else who may have information.

If you saw the incident you can call the appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/14896/17. Or alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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Police and family of murdered pensioner renew appeal to find killers

Police in Kent have renewed a witness appeal a year after a pensioner was found beaten to death in his home.

Roy Blackman was found murdered at his ransacked bungalow, in Biddenden in March 2016, but Police think he was attacked by more than one person.

Roy Blackman murdered in his home Credit: Kent Police

Mark Love, 38, of Staplehurst has been sentenced to life imprisonment , after being found guilty of Mr Blackman’s murder, as well as another aggravated burglary in Sussex, at Maidstone Crown Court on 29 September but police think others were involved in the attack.

Detectives found a number of items including a large safe containing a quantity of cash, an air weapon and jewellery had been stolen and officers believe other people may have been involved in the break-in. They are keen to speak to anyone who may have information about what happened the night Mr Blackman was killed.

One person has been convicted of Mr Blackman’s murder, however, we firmly believe there were other people involved in the tragic incidents of that night and we believe there are people who know who they are.

However, small or insignificant you think the information you have is, we still want to hear from you as it may be the missing piece in our jigsaw.

We’re hoping that a year on, people will realise Mr Blackman’s family are still waiting for justice to be fully served and I would encourage anyone with information who is yet to talk to us to come forward.

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Gossett

Mr Blackman's family has issued a joint statement appealing for witnesses as their search for justice continues.

One year after our world fell apart, every day continues to be a struggle for us all.

Our beloved dad, grandad and brother is no longer here to share our lives and guide us - his loss was not the result of an illness or a tragic accident but at the hands of a terrible gang - some of whom are still enjoying their freedom.

We urge anyone with information that they feel may be helpful to please come forward and pass it to the police. Nothing will bring our dad back, but we would like to get as much justice for him as possible.

We are proud of our dad and all he achieved. He was a strong and brave man and will be our hero forever.’ continue to question how they could possibly do such a thing – to go mob-handed against a pensioner living alone.

– Family statement

Anyone with further information is asked to call the dedicated Kent and Essex SCD appeal line on 01303 289600.

Alternatively, you can call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on0800 555 111.

Man dies after fatal collision in Kent

Location of collision Credit: ITV Meridian

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses to a fatal collision on the A249 near Sittingbourne. It happened just before 7pm last night.

A black coloured Citroën was travelling north towards Sittingbourne, when it collided with a lorry, parked in a layby.

The driver of the Citroën, a man aged in his 50s from Sittingbourne, was declared dead at the scene. His family have been informed.

A road closure was in place on the northbound carriageway between junction 5 of the M2 and the A2 until 12.15am while emergency services were at the scene of the incident.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798535 quoting number 008/17.

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Police appeal for witnesses after Kent assault

Police at scene of assault Credit: @Kent_999s

Kent Police are investigating a serious assault in Gravesend.

They were called at 4.55pm on Saturday 14 January 2017 to Christian Fields Avenue. where a man had sustained a serious leg injury, consistent with a stab wound, and had been taken to a London hospital.

Officers attended with the National Police Air Service helicopter and carried out a search of the area.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently in police custody. Police remain at the scene as part of their ongoing enquiries.

Officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.

Teen arrested after two men stabbed in Tunbridge Wells

Officers are conducting enquiries at the scene

Officers investigating a double stabbing in Tunbridge Wells last night have arrested a 17-year-old local boy in connection with the incident. The detention follows reports that two men aged 19 and 22, had suffered stab wounds in Dudley Road in the town.

Officers were called to the scene at 8.01pm on Wednesday 14th December. The two injured men were taken to hospital, but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The incident happened at Dudley Road in Tunbridge Wells

Anyone with information is asked to telephone Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 14-1211. People can also contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.

Police hunt for information after double stabbing in Gravesend

Police appeal for information on two stabbings in Gravesend Credit: ITV

Police are appealing for information after two people were stabbed in Gravesend.

On Monday evening, officers were called to an address in St Albans Close where the pair were discovered and taken to hospital.

Their condition has been described as critical but stable.

Anyone with information please contact Kent Police by calling 101 quoting reference 05-1126 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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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