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Police appeal for witnesses after crash in Kent

Kent Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed a two-vehicle crash which left a woman in a serious condition in hospital. It happened on the evening of 19th July on Sea Road, Westgate on Sea. A woman in her 60's was taken to hospital where she remains in serious, but stable condition.

A 26 year old man from Broadstairs has been released on bail, pending further enquiries, after being arrested on suspicion of dangerous/careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while unfit.

Investigating officer PC Daniel Bartlett said: 'The victim is in a serious condition in hospital and it is important to speak to motorists or pedestrians to establish what happened. I particularly appeal to anyone driving a BMW past the scene at the time.'

Contact PC Bartlett on 07528989271 quoting reference 19-1945.


Man due in court charged with sexual assault

Police have tonight charged a 30 year old man in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in Kent. Christopher Michael Hatcher, 30, of Dymchurch Road in Hythe, has been charged with sexual assault, kidnap, false imprisonment, outraging public decency and robbery. It follows an alleged attack in Hythe on the 22nd of June. He is due to appear before Medway magistrates on Friday.


Criminals who absconded prison arrested for robbery

Two convicted criminals have been arrested in connection with a robbery while on the run from a semi-open prison in Kent.

Police appealed to help find Shaine Tester and Sean Horsley, both convicted robbers after they were last seen on Wednesday.

Shaine Tester Credit: Kent Police

They are both being held on suspicion at being at large as well as being held in connection with a robbery that happened in Sevenoaks yesterday morning.

Kent Police said that both men are in custody at a police station in Kent.

Sean Horsley Credit: Kent Police

Convicted robbers abscond from Kent prison

Shaine Tester Credit: Kent Police
Sean Horsley Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police is appealing for information about the whereabouts of two men who have absconded from a prison in Kent.

Shaine Tester and Sean Horsley are both inmates at the Blantyre House Prison in Goudhurst. Both of the men are serving sentences for robbery.

They failed to attend a roll call.

Man dies after being hit by car in Borough Green

85 year old James Kilpatrick who died in hospital on 29 June Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police are renewing their appeal for information after a man who was hit by a car in High Street in Borough Green died. Officers were called at 11.10am on Friday 13 June to a report of a pedestrian being struck by a silver Vauxhall Astra.

85-year-old James Kilpatrick was taken to Kings College Hospital in London with life threatening injuries, but died on 29 June. Paying tribute to Mr Kilpatrick, his family said:

"James was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He leaves behind his wife Phyllis of nearly 57 years, his children Heather, Ian and Donald, and 7 grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family, friends and pottering in his garden.

"His death has left a huge hole in the lives of everyone who knew him. Please respect the family's privacy at this sad time." PC Jamie Woodhams from the serious collision investigation unit said:

"The collision happened in the middle of the day when there would have been lots of people out and about. I'm hopeful that anyone with any information – however minor they may think their information is – will make contact with me."

Anyone with any information about the collision is asked to contact the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit by calling 01622 798538.

Man arrested after building society assault

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after an assault on a man who asked someone to move their van because it was obstructing the entrance of a building society.

The incident is alleged to have happened in the doorway of the building on Short Street in Sandwich between 11.45am and 12.15am on Saturday, 7 June 2014.

The van driver is accused of assaulting the 42-year-old who asked him to move the van.

A 55-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident. Enquiries are continuing.

Witnesses can contact officers on 01304 218182 quoting the crime reference number ZY/018738/14. Or contact Kent CrimeStoppers on 0800 555111


Road closed in Kent following incident

Kent Police have been called to a location in Ashford following reports of concern for the welfare of a woman in Bad Munstereifel Road.

The road has been closed in both directions between the A24042 and M20, and the slip road to the Cloverleaf roundabout has also been closed while officers deal with the incident.

CCTV released after cash box robbery

CCTV of a man wanted in connection with a cash box robbery Credit: Kent Police

CCTV of man wanted in connection with a cash box robbery outside a building society has been released by Kent Police as part of a renewed appeal. A new e-fit has also been released after the theft from a security van took place at around 10:30am on Wednesday, 7 May, in Whitstable High Street.

DC Freddie Elspass-Collins from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: ‘A security guard was carrying a cash box containing a quantity of money when a man approached him from behind and forcibly took the cash box from him.

'The offender reportedly ran off in the direction of Middle Wall and Cornwallis Circle. Our enquiries have led us to believe the offender took the cash box to the Thanet area so we’re widening our appeal for information further.’ Witnesses should call 01303 289353 quoting reference number 07-0390.

A new e-fit of a man wanted in connection with a cash box robbery Credit: Kent Police

£500 fine for watching and driving

An HGV driver was fined £500 and had to pay a release fee of £80 after the lorry was immobilised - following a call to police claiming the lorry driver was watching a DVD or TV screen while driving.

A concerned motorist phone in the sighting shortly before 2am today. The caller said they had seen the driver watching the screen between Junctions 9 and 8 of the M20 and that the lorry was swaying onto the other carriageway.

When police found the lorry, they saw the driver watching a film. They escorted the lorry to the A228 Malling Road layby. The driver was reported for the offence of driving whilst not in proper control. The vehicle was immobilised as the driver was unable to settle the £500 penalty.

Row after Channel 4 PCC documentary

It's been described as "car crash" TV. A documentary about Ann Barnes, Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner, that was shown on Channel 4 last night, prompted astonishment from viewers and disappointment from the Force.

Today Mrs Barnes says she's disappointed in the way the programme was put together, and frustrated that the good work of her office was not sufficiently highlighted.

David Johns reports, speaking to Mark Reckless MP, Ian Pointon of the Kent Police Federation, and supporter of Ann Barnes, Lynne Beaumont.

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