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Have you seen Byron? Missing boy could be in Kent

Byron Sutton was last seen on Wednesday Credit: Kent Police

A search is underway for a missing 15-year-old boy from Otford.

Byron Sutton, aged 15, who also also users the surname 'Terry', is believed to have been seen at the Bat and Ball railway station at 3.30pm on Wednesday 27th April.

Police say Byron is 5ft10ins, has a slim build and short brown hair.

He was last seen wearing grey jogging bottoms, a grey parker jacket with a large rip under the arm and black Nike Huarache trainers. It is believed that he may be in the Sevenoaks or Swanley areas.

Kent Police are asking anyone with information to telephone 101 quoting 26-1297.

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Witness appeal after biker's death in road crash

Were you in the Chilham area on the afternoon of Sunday 3rd April?

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash in which a 49-year-old motorcyclist from Rochester died.

His blue Triumph motorbike had been involved in a collision with a red Vauxhall Zafira. The accident happened on the A252 in Chilham at 1.48pm on Sunday 3rd April.

The motorcyclist's passenger, a 43-year-old woman from Gillingham, was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Vauxhall Zafira car suffered minor injuries.

Anyone who saw the collision or the events leading up to the incident is asked to contact Kent Police's serious collision investigation unit on 01622 798538, quoting DH/59/16.

Police hail protest operation a success

A large-scale policing operation to facilitate a protest by various groups in Dover has ended successfully according to Kent Police..

There was a large police presence on the streets of Dover this afternoon and officers used temporary powers to stop and search people and vehicles for offensive weapons and dangerous instruments.

One man was arrested on suspicion of possession of offensive weapons. Three men who arrived in Dover were arrested in connection with the protest that was held in Dover on 30 January.

Protesters started to arrive during the morning with a large group assembled by the roundabout at the bottom of Jubilee Way. A march left Dover Priory Station shortly after 1.00pm. Some roads were closed for the safety of both motorists and protesters while the march made its way towards Dover’s eastern docks.

The procession was delayed while protesters from an opposing group failed to comply with a condition to assemble in a designated area near Marine Parade and eight protesters were arrested.

A man was also arrested on suspicion of the theft of a police baseball cap.

“Kent Police planned for a proportionate policing operation that was impartial, firm and fair, and all the objectives we set, were met successfully.

“As I made clear in the run up to the events today, the right to protest inevitably causes disruption to the community. That is largely unavoidable – we do all we can to minimise that disruption.

“I fully appreciate the frustration caused when a road is closed. This decision is not made lightly and only after consulting with Highways England and Kent County Council. It was necessary, to allow us to facilitate the protest and ensure the safety of both motorists and protesters.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and co-operation.”

– Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Neil Jerome

Have you seen missing girls Chelsea or Taylor?

Chelsea Abbott, aged 9, seated, Taylor Redding, aged 10, standing Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police are appealing for help to find two girls who went missing from their home in Sittingbourne overnight.

Nine-year-old Chelsea Abbott and 10-year-old Taylor Redding were reported missing at 12.40pm today. They are believed to have left their house in Grove Avenue in the Kemsley area of Sittingbourne at about 5am while their parents were asleep.

Chelsea, who is sitting down in the photograph, may be wearing black boots with white fur on the top. Taylor, who is standing in the picture, may be wearing pale pink leggings, a grey T-shirt with a gold heart on the front, and a black jacket with pink on the arms and hood.

A search is underway in the local area, and officers are growing increasingly concerned for their welfare.

Anyone with information is urged to call Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 31-0508.

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Two more men arrested in Biddenden murder inquiry

Roy Blackman was found dead at his home earlier this month

Two men from Cranbrook have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of 73-year-old Roy Blackman at his home in Biddenden in Kent.

The two men, both aged 36, were arrested in the early hours of this morning. Mr Blackman's body was found at Headcorn Road in the village of Biddenden on Monday 21st March. A post mortem examination revealed that he had died from multiple blunt force injuries.

A 49-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder on the 23rd March has been bailed, pending further enquiries until Thursday 28th April.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate on 01303 289600 or Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111 - quoting incident reference 21-0203.

Drivers warned not to take photos of crash scenes

A driver who was spotted taking pictures of a fatal crash in Kent on his mobile phone has been sent a notice of intended prosecution.

The collision took place on the coastbound carriageway of the A2 on Monday 1st March.

Kent Police is reminding motorists that the use of mobile phones while driving is illegal which includes taking photos, and action will be taken against anyone caught doing it.

Drivers in Kent are being warned not to take photos of collisions Credit: Kent Police

"Whether you are talking, texting or taking a photo, you are still using a mobile phone which means you are not concentrating on the road ahead.

"The consequences of this not only include the fine, but you could also cause a serious collision.

"There is no doubt that if you use a phone your reaction times are impaired and you are more likely to cause injury to yourself or others. We will carry on taking action against drivers who choose to ignore this."

– Inspector Sam Pearson from the Roads Policing Unit

Officers can issue drivers with a £60 fixed penalty ticket and three points on their licence if they are seen either talking on the phone, texting or taking a photo while driving.

Kent residents to pay more for police force

An extra £5 will be charged for police services in Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

Households in Kent will pay more for the county's police force next year.

Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes has secured a five pound increase in the charge, which is included with the Council Tax.

She says Kent residents still pay less for their police than most other counties and the funds are urgently needed.

Ann Barnes has secured a five pound increase in the charge, which is included with the Council Tax Credit: ITV Meridian

"The terrorist attacks in Paris last November were a game changer. The Home Secretary asked police forces across the country to increase their firearms capabilities by up to 50% and £1.2million of the extra money will help pay for the extra officers Kent Police needs to do this.

"Money will still have to be found to recruit, train and equip them, though."

– Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Ann Barnes

3 years jail for drug dealer who sold dead teen Ecstasy

Teenager Jack Pointer jailed for supplying MDMA to schoolboy Credit: Kent Police

A 19-year-old man has been jailed for three years after supplying a 15-year-old boy - who later died, with the drug MDMA.

Jack Pointer, 19, from Hill View Road in Whitstable had earlier admitted that he had supplied the Class A controlled drug to 15-year-old Josh Oliver on 29th December 2014.

The hearing at Canterbury Crown Court heard how Pointer, who is also known as Jack Church, had sold the MDMA - also known as Ecstasy - to Josh and his girlfriend for £40. The court were told that Josh suffered convulsions after taking the substance and died in hospital later that samr day. The post mortem examination found that he had died of MDMA poisoning and an inquest into his death recorded a verdict of death related to drugs.

"Kent Police takes the supply of illegal drugs extremely seriously. Taking drugs can have tragic consequences and those concerned in their supply should know that we will do everything in our power to prevent and disrupt illegal drug use and supply.

"I urge people to contact us on 101 if they are concerned about drugs in their communities. We will act on information given to us and will continue to work hard to keep drugs off our streets."

– Detective Constable Brigitte Collard, Kent Police

In sentencing Pointer on Friday 29th January Judge Adele Williams told him that she was sentencing him for supplying drugs, not for causing Josh's death, and that only a custodial sentence was justified.

"This has been a heart-breaking case, and has left a loving family facing their future without the boy they cherished dearly. I hope that young people who are already taking drugs or are considering trying them will think again after they learn of this tragedy.

"A drug dealer is far more interested in your money than in your health, and you cannot possibly know for sure what you are putting into your body when taking an illegal drug. The risks are simply too great."

– Detective Constable Martin Williams, Kent Police
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