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Police talk of brutal attacks on people in their own homes

Police have been talking about the 'brutal attacks' on a couple in Kent - and on the murdered businessman Roy Blackman - by members of a burglary gang, some of whom have yet to be caught.

One man, Mark Love, has been told he'll serve life in prison - or at least 28 years - for the murder of Mr Blackman, who was killed in Biddenden. He also received 12 years for an attack on a husband and wife, to be served concurrently.

Here's what Detective Seargent Shelley Chantler from Kent Police had to say:

Mark Love sentenced to 28 years for murder of Roy Blackman

Mark Love has been sentenced to 28 years in prison Credit: Kent Police

Mark Love has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering a pensioner in his own home. He must serve a minimum of 28 years.

The body of 73 year-old Roy Blackman was found in Biddenden in March.


Vintage plane crash lands - pilot escapes unscathed

The pilot walked away without major injury Credit: Kent Police

A replica first world war plane will be able to return to the skies after crash landing upside down in a field outside Ashford yesterday.

The pilot was taking the Fokker Albatross from Belgium to Headcorn aerodrome when its engine failed four miles short of the runway. The pilot managed to walk away unscathed.

Vintage aircraft crash landed Credit: Kent Police

Two police officers injured in M2 crash

The police car is loaded on to a recovery truck this afternoon Credit: ITV

Two policeman have been injured in a serious road accident on the M2 in Kent this afternoon.

The motorway has been closed after the police car was involved in a crash with a lorry near Sittingbourne, between junctions 5 and 6 coastbound.

Queues approaching the closure have been more than four miles long.


Carriageway closed after Kent Police vehicle involved in crash

A Kent Police vehicle responding to a call in the east of the county has been involved in a collision with a lorry.

It happened just after 11am on the M2 between junctions 5 and 6 of the coastbound carriageway.

Kent Police, KFRS and Secamb have attended. Two officers are being treated for their injuries. As a result of the collision, the carriageway is likely to be closed for several hours.

Police on standby for rise in domestic violence cases during Euros

Credit: PA

Police are on standby for a rise in domestic abuse complaints as the Euro 2016 championships begin.

Historically offences of domestic abuse rise when England play in major tournaments.

Statistics from the 2014 World Cup showed that when England played their first match against Italy, which they lost 2-1, incidents of domestic abuse rose by an additional 21 offences in comparison with the previous weekend.

At peak times Kent Police will be sending tweets and posting on Facebook with important information that will ensure that victims know that they are not alone and that help and support is widely available.

Football doesn’t cause domestic abuse, but it can certainly be a factor that can compound it within certain relationships. There are other factors such as alcohol that can be aggravating factors.

We predicted that there would be an increase in domestic incidents during the tournament and we want people to report these incidents to us, and to be confident about doing so.

– Detective Superintendent Andy Pritchard, Kent Police

A website – – is available for all the help and support that is available in Kent. The website contains details and opening times of the 13 domestic abuse ‘one-stop shops’ that are available across Kent.

Police find body in the water in Rochester, officers say family of missing Nigel Knights informed

Nigel Knights was last seen earlier this month

The body of a man has been discovered in the water near Strood Pier in Rochester.

Kent Police said that no formal identification has yet taken place, but the family of Nigel Knights, who went missing on Monday 9th May, have been informed. His relatives held a candlelit vigil earlier this week and set up a Facebook page after he went missing. Celebrities including One Direction's Louis Tomlinson appealed for help to find him.

Businessmen want to help track down violent burglars

A reward of twenty thousand pounds is being offered to help catch a gang of burglars responsible for a shocking attack on an elderly couple.

It's being put up by a group of businessmen who were appalled at the violence of the assault. The pensioners were tortured for two hours and had boiling water poured over them at their home near Sevenoaks. Tom Savvides reports.

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