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Man jailed for raping teenager 25 years ago

A man from Gravesend, who evaded justice for 25-years after raping a 17-year-old in her Sittingbourne home at knifepoint in 1988, has been jailed.

56-year-old Peter Baldwin has been described as a "calculated and controlling sexual predator" after a jury found him guilty of burglary, indecent assault, threats to kill and rape.

After the 1988 attack Baldwin continued to offend in a series of violent sexual attacks on women. One of the offences took place in Gravesend, the other Soho. He was jailed for 12-years in 1991 for sexual offences where again he conducted a violent rape and sex attack. He was released from prison in 1997.

He showed no remorse giving evidence and had little regard for the victim. Baldwin was arrested in January this year for the offences and later charged with burglary, three counts of indecent assault, making threats to kill and rape.

Peter Baldwin, 56. Credit: KentPolice

Detective Sergeant Andrea Richards who oversaw the investigation, said:

Baldwin is an evil, controlling sex offender who is a danger to women. His offending was horrific and violent and his depraved actions left a lasting impact on his victim who showed great courage throughout the trial. I firmly believe her brave actions by giving evidence has prevented Baldwin from carrying out further attacks on women. Without the victim’s support on this investigation Baldwin most certainly would have gone free. Though nothing will ever take away what happened to this lady 25-years-ago I hope that the conviction will offer our victim some closure and a sense that justice has been served. I believe the case also demonstrates how the Force will never forget a victim of such a horrific crime and we remain committed to revisiting and investigating cases, utilising modern forensic techniques so we can identify offenders, arrest them and put them before the court.

– Andrea Richards

15-year-old boy charged with house burglary

A 15-year-old boy from Aylesham has been charged with a house burglary in West Hougham.

He was charged with theft from a camper van and possession of cannabis, after police responded to a call about an incident in Satmar Lane on November 6.

The teenager is due to appear before Folkestone magistrates on Tuesday November 11.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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