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Electoral fraud allegation in constituency Farage lost

Counting for the Thanet South seat in the General Election

Kent Police have confirmed that they are looking into an allegation of electoral fraud in the Thanet South constituency seat.

The leader of UKIP Nigel Farage temporarily resigned as party head over the weekend after he failed to win the seat. Instead, Craig Mackinlay, a Conservative became the Thanet South MP after last Thursday's General Election. He won 18,838 votes compared to Mr Farage's 16,026.

UKIP took control of Thanet District Council in following the local elections counton Saturday.

"Kent Police has received a report of electoral fraud. Inquiries are ongoing."

– Kent Police spokesperson

Thief threw wheelbarrow at police during car chase

A man has been jailed after he stole a van and threw a wheelbarrow at police trying to catch him.

Wayne Byrne, 32, of no fixed address, also detached a trailer and digger during the chase in Kent, narrowly missing the officers travelling behind him.

Byrne and his accomplices stole the Ford Transit from outside a property on Sutton Road, Maidstone. Shortly after, officers saw the van travelling along Headcorn Road and gave chase.

Byrne climbed out of the passenger seat and into the back of the van through a side door. He then opened the back door to detach the trailer before throwing the wheelbarrow as well as a generator, various power tools and clothing into the road.

Byrne was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday 9 April after pleading guilty of two counts of attempting to commit grievous bodily harm, and one count of theft.

‘Byrne showed no concern for the officers’ welfare or the safety of other road users while throwing items out of the back the van he had stolen, which is obviously an incredibly dangerous thing to do. ‘He clearly poses a risk to public safety so prison is the best place for him.’

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Laura Pallett


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
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