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Eight arrested in charity fraud investigation

Eight arrests have been made as part of an investigation into charity fraud involving thousands of pounds intended to help people in Syria.

Kent Police arrested the men at addresses across the UK during an early morning operation today after £31,816, 8,310 euro (£6,857) and 10,700 US dollars (£6,413) were seized at the Port of Dover on December 23 2012.

We will continue to ensure any large quantities of cash being transported through Kent's ports is checked against its purpose.

It is now common practice for charities to transfer aid donations electronically, for auditing purposes, transparency, and to mitigate against theft of cash.

We are working with our partners around the country to ensure money intended to help those in need in Syria is not used for criminal activity or in the terrorist arena.

It is imperative that the public has confidence in the charities they support and in the money they are donating being used for the purpose it is intended.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Hogben of Kent Police

Two men aged 30 and 39 from Derby, a 36-year-old man from Harlow, Essex, two men aged 29 and 37 from east London, a 31-year-old man from south east London, a 35-year-old man from Dewsbury, and a 43-year-old from Huddersfield, both in West Yorkshire, are all are being questioned.

New Kent Youth Police and Crime Commissioner

Kerry Boyd from Margate

Kerry Boyd, from Margate, has been appointed as the new Youth Commissioner. Kerry, aged 19, will start part-time as of the 5th March 2014, taking up the role full-time as of the beginning of April.

The new Youth Commissioner will be taking a gap year from her degree in Education Studies and Business Studies to commence the role. In her spare time she is an active runner and a keen supporter of Chelsea FC. She also enjoys driving, music and was a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer.


Detectives hunting for missing man find a body in Kent

Daniel Till was last seen at his home address on Saturday Credit: Kent Police

Detectives searching for a twenty-two year man who went missing from his home in Dover say they've found an as yet unidentified body.

Daniel Till was last seen by his wife shortly after seven on Saturday morning when he left their home in Auden Way. Kent Police had said they were concerned because he was described as being in a distressed state.

Football tournament held in memory of policeman

Friends, family and former colleagues of Detective Sergeant Ben Turner pay tribute to him Credit: Kent Police

A charity football tournament has been held to mark the memory of a Kent Police officer who died last year.

Friends, family and former colleagues of Detective Sergeant Ben Turner came together on the anniversary of his death, to compete for a trophy which has been named in his honour.

Ben Turner died while off duty last year Credit: Kent Police

The Ben Turner Cup competition was held at Tonbridge School on Saturday 15 February, exactly a year to the day after the 37 year-old died.

Ben, who was married and a father to three children, had served with Kent Police for 13 years and worked within the reactive investigation team in Tonbridge.

He was off duty when he died and an inquest into his death recorded an open verdict.

One of Ben’s closest friends, Detective Sergeant Simon Barnes said any money raised would go to St Christopher’s Hospice in London; a charity ‘close to Ben’s heart’.

Sgt Barnes said: ‘Ben is still hugely missed by us all but it was a great day to remember all the fun times that we spent with him, as well as raise money for a very worthy cause.’

Danny Turner, Ben’s brother said his family had been touched that so many people had come together to celebrate his life one year on.


Police investigating robbery in Gravesend release E-fit

E-fit of man police want to trace Credit: Gravesend police

It was reported on Tuesday 7 January four men entered a property in Medhurst Gardens and stole electrical items including laptops, mobile phones and iPods.

A woman, at home with her daughter and two sons, answered the door at about 9.10pm and the group of men entered.

They threatened the occupants with what is believed to have been a knife before leaving with the items, which also included a cash card and a small quantity of cash.

No injuries were reported.

If you have any information, call DC Greenidge on 01474 366001 quoting reference XY/818/14. Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man in critical condition after being hit by a car

An investigation has been launched after the occupants of a car failed to stop, having hit a pedestrian who is now in a critical condition in hospital.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after it happened on Castlemaine Avenue in Gillingham at around 8:50pm yesterday evening.

It is believed the occupants of a green Ford Mondeo estate got into a argument with two men at the junction of Grange Road.

As they began to walk off down Castlemaine Avenue, the Mondeo drove towards them, hitting one of the men.

The other man wasn't harmed and ran to raise the alarm.

The victim was taken to a London hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

The people in the car have been described as two dark-skinned men in their twenties, wearing casual clothes.

Anyone with information about this incident should call 101, quoting incident reference number 23-1466.

Two men charged after "substantial" amount of Cocaine is found in bags

Port of Dover
A general view of the Port of Dover Credit: ITV News

Cocaine - potentially worth millions of pounds - has been seized at one of Britain's main gateways, in Kent, in a lorry carrying a cargo of plastics.

Around 138lb (63kg) of the Class A drug were found in bags in the cab of a Swiss-registered vehicle at the Port of Dover.

Border Force officials said that once cut and sold on the streets, the potential value of the drug could have run into millions of pounds.

Two Italian men, lorry driver Santo Virgadaula and passenger Giambattista Rovillo, both 53, have been charged following Monday's seizure.

They were both remanded in custody when they appeared at Folkestone Magistrates' Court and will appear at Canterbury Crown Court on February 3.

The case has been passed to the National Crime Agency for further investigation.

Paul Morgan, director of Border Force South East and Europe, described it as a "significant seizure".

Kent's new top cop pledges 'Quality policing'

Kent's new Chief Constable says ongoing cuts to the force will not impact on the quality of policing.

Chief Constable Alan Pughsley admits the loss of five hundred staff due to budget reductions will mean that not every crime victim will receive a visit from an officer - but he says that the police will continue to be efficient and pro-active.

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