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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
"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."
A man is due before Canterbury magistrates charged with committing a rape and an assault after an incident in Ramsgate.
The attack is reported to have happened near Sion Hill in the early hours of Friday 30th September. Kent Police charged 33-year-old Ashraf Miah, of no fixed address, on Friday 4th November.
Officers investigating a fatal crash on the Medway City Estate are renewing their appeal for witnesses.
17-year-old Jack Mander from Strood, died at the scene on Anthony’s Way, Rochester, shortly after 9pm on Thursday 13th October 2016. He was riding his Yamaha 125 motorcycle when he was involved in a collision with a Volvo heavy goods vehicle.
Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have travelled along Anthony’s Way after the incident, and who noticed that a collision had happened.
They have viewed CCTV footage and believe a second motorcyclist wearing a fluorescent jacket or tabard may be able to help with their enquiries. The motorcyclist travelled along Anthony’s Way in the direction of the entrance to the estate about a minute or two after the collision, and may be able to provide important evidence.
A 44-year-old man from Wiltshire who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving has been released on bail.