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Murder case: Homeless man, 21, bludgeoned to death

Razvan Sirbu was found on Sunday 7th May 2017

A murder inquiry is underway tonight after a young homeless man was found bludgeoned to death in a quiet Kent woodland. The body of Razvan Sirbu was found at a beauty spot, the Loose Valley Conservation area near Maidstone, where he had been living in a tent. He had come to England from Romania. Police are appealing for witnesses, as the search for the murder weapon continues. In his report John Ryall spoke to Chief Inspector Tony Pledger from Kent Police.

Murder inquiry begins after body found in beauty spot

The body of Razvan Sirbu was found at the Loose Valley Conservation Area Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police have launched a murder investigation after revealing that a man whose body was found in a beauty spot died from serious injuries to his head and body.

Twenty-one year old Razvan Sirbu, of no fixed address, was found at the Loose Valley Conservation area in the Tovil part of Maidstone at 7.15am on Sunday 7th May 2017. A post mortem examination has revealed he died from blunt force trauma.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about his whereabouts before his death to come forward. They also want to speak to anyone who may have been in the Loose Valley Conservation area between 4pm on Saturday 6th May 2017 and 7am on Sunday 7th May 2017.

The police are carrying out investigations in the Loose Valley Conservation area

Mr Sirbu's family have released a photograph of him in the hope it will assist the police team trying to find out how he died. Officers are carrying out inquiries. No arrest have been made yet.

Anyone with information can call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting crime reference YY/011763/17.

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Kent Police warn against vigilante action after Bluewater incident

Kent Police have warned people not to take the law into their own hands to following a confrontation at the Bluewater shopping centre on Easter Sunday. A 29 year-old man has been charged with grooming after Kent Police were called to a disturbance at the shopping centre. He has denied the charge and will appear at Maidstone Crown Court next month. A force spokesman said any reports of violence will be investigated and inquiries are ongoing.

Police ask men who helped woman to come forward

Police officers investigating an a reported assault on a young woman in Canterbury in Kent are appealing for the people who helped her afterwards to come forward.

The woman in her twenties was reportedly assaulted by a man she knew while they were on Military Road in the city. Two other men passing by shouted at the attacker to stop it. It happened near the roundabout with Tourtel Road between 11pm and midnight on Sunday 16th April 2017.

The woman was not seriously injured in the incident and walked home home after it happened. Kent Police want to trace those two witnesses, and anyone else who may have information.

If you saw the incident you can call the appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/14896/17. Or alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Police and family of murdered pensioner renew appeal to find killers

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.

Roy Blackman murdered in his home Credit: Kent Police

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.

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Gossett

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.

– Family statement

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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Man dies after fatal collision in Kent

Location of collision Credit: ITV Meridian

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.

Police appeal for witnesses after Kent assault

Police at scene of assault Credit: @Kent_999s

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.

Teen arrested after two men stabbed in Tunbridge Wells

Officers are conducting enquiries at the scene

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.

The incident happened at Dudley Road in Tunbridge Wells

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.

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