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Two charged with murder after Swaleside prisoner death

Two men have been charged with murder after a prisoner died in HMP Swaleside.

Jason George Gomez, 44, and Paul Wadkin, 32, were remanded in custody to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court today via videolink.

The body of a 40-year-old man was found in a cell on Wednesday

They were arrested as part of a Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate murder investigation following the discovery of the body of a man in his 40s in a cell on Wednesday 25 March.

Three charged after multiple car thefts

Three people have been charged with conspiracy to commit theft after several reports of cars being stolen from garages in Kent.

The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate launched and investigation after it was alleged vehicles totally more than £250,000 had been removed from dealerships.

Phillip Christmas, aged 30, from Galleywood Crescent in Romford and 35 year-old Stacey Jestico from Greatfields Road in Barking were each charged with conspiracy to steal. Philip West, also 35, of Scrattons Terrace in Barking was also charged with conspiracy to steal earlier this month.

All three defendants are due to appear in court next month.


Drugs worth £100,000 seized in Kent raid

Cannabis, cocaine and MDMA (ecstasy) were found during the raid Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Drugs with a street values of £100,000 have been seized from houses in Kent.

Officers carried out a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act in D’este Road, Ramsgate yesterday. Substances believed to be cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy) and cannabis were seized along with associated equipment.

A second warrant was carried out in King Street, Ramsgate where police uncovered a quantity of a substance believed to be heroin.

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. A 47 year old man, two 24 year old men all from Ramsgate, and a 21-year old from London are all currently in police custody.

Kent Police Detective Sergeant Keith Taylor said: ‘This is good work carried out by officers. We estimate the drugs seized today could be worth in total as much as £100,000.

'That is a significant amount of drugs that have been stopped from getting onto our streets and affecting the community. I would urge anyone who suspects drug activity near them to report it to police.’

More questions for Ann Barnes after car crash

Ann Barnes faces questions over car crash Credit: Gareth Fuller/Press Association

An inquiry into whether Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner was properly insured when she had a car crash, is also investigating whether an officer was obstructed when making initial inquiries.

Ann Barnes was involved in a collision in Princes Road, Dartford, on September 16. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is probing whether she committed a criminal offence by not having proper insurance to cover business use of her own car.

In an update, investigators said they are examining whether a police officer was "obstructed in the execution of their duty" when initial inquiries into her insurance cover were being made by Kent Police.

Rolvenden couple robbed by balaclava-wearing trio

Police are investigating after a couple in their 60s were held up and robbed by three masked men in their home in Rolvenden last Wednesday.

The balaclava-wearing gang let themselves in through an unlocked door and took cash, a purse, a wallet and mobile phones.

The men had Irish accents and were wearing dark gloves as well as balaclavas.

Police officers have carried out house-to-house inquiries and the investigation continues.

Anyone with information should contact police on 01843 222289, email, or call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting reference ZY/37979/14.


Man jailed for attempted rape at car park in Yalding

A man who attempted to rape a 14-year-old girl in the train station car park in Yalding car park has been jailed for seven years.

Gavin Jones drove the teenager to the empty car park in 2006, and threatened her with violence unless she removed her clothes.

The 36-year-old, who knew the victim through an accquaintance, told her "I'm going to scare you", before he locked all the doors and broke her phone, before attempting to rape her.

Gavin Jones has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Credit: KentPolice

After pleading guilty to one charge of attempted rape he was sentenced to jail and placed on the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

Detective Sergeant Paddy Kerr, of British Transport Police, said: "Crime on the railway is rare, but this was a truly horrific crime; a frightening experience for the victim."

Pair jailed for burglary in Rochester

Two Rochester burglars have been jailed for a combined total of almost six years after officers found them hiding in bushes.

Peter Hemsworth, 23, has been sent to prison for two years and six months after he was found guilty of burglary.

Peter Hemsworth, 23, jailed for two years and six months. Credit: Kentpolice

Daniel Arnold, 29, was also convicted and received a jail sentence of three years and four months on the same day.

The pair broke into a property in Frobisher Gardens on April 6 while the owner was away on holiday and stole around £500.

Daniel Arnold, 29, ailed for three years and four months. Credit: KentPolice

Man charged with robbery of pizza from Domino's

A 21 year-old man will appear in court later this month charged with robbing a pizza takeaway in Chatham earlier this year.

Jacob Cloke, from Maidstone, faces a charge of robbery at Domino's Pizza in August and an attempted robbery at the same premises on September 2.

Joshua Dallison, from Sittingbourne, was charged with the same offences last month and is due to appear in court in January.

Two Margate men jailed for drug offences

Two Margate men have been jailed for more than six years after Kent Police recovered drugs during searches at their homes.

Detectives found 3.27 grams of cocaine in the bedroom of Daniel Farrington and a further 2.85 grams of cocaine, as well as a set of digital scales and 4 grams of cannabis, was found at Wayne Brockman's home.

The pair were sentenced when they appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on 31 October. Credit: KentPolice
When interviewed by police, both claimed the cocaine was for their own personal use. Credit: KentPolice

Brockman was sentenced to four years in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to supply and a further 28 days to run concurrently for a charge of possession of cannabis.

Farrington, 24, was sentenced to two years and eight months for one charge of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

It was clear the cocaine was not for personal use, despite their claims. Drugs are dangerous so I’m pleased that the hard work of the team of officers involved in this case has ensured these dealers have been put out of business.

– Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Brian Doughty
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