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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

Man jailed for raping teenager 25 years ago

A man from Gravesend, who evaded justice for 25-years after raping a 17-year-old in her Sittingbourne home at knifepoint in 1988, has been jailed.

56-year-old Peter Baldwin has been described as a "calculated and controlling sexual predator" after a jury found him guilty of burglary, indecent assault, threats to kill and rape.

After the 1988 attack Baldwin continued to offend in a series of violent sexual attacks on women. One of the offences took place in Gravesend, the other Soho. He was jailed for 12-years in 1991 for sexual offences where again he conducted a violent rape and sex attack. He was released from prison in 1997.

He showed no remorse giving evidence and had little regard for the victim. Baldwin was arrested in January this year for the offences and later charged with burglary, three counts of indecent assault, making threats to kill and rape.

Peter Baldwin, 56. Credit: KentPolice

Detective Sergeant Andrea Richards who oversaw the investigation, said:

Baldwin is an evil, controlling sex offender who is a danger to women. His offending was horrific and violent and his depraved actions left a lasting impact on his victim who showed great courage throughout the trial. I firmly believe her brave actions by giving evidence has prevented Baldwin from carrying out further attacks on women. Without the victim’s support on this investigation Baldwin most certainly would have gone free. Though nothing will ever take away what happened to this lady 25-years-ago I hope that the conviction will offer our victim some closure and a sense that justice has been served. I believe the case also demonstrates how the Force will never forget a victim of such a horrific crime and we remain committed to revisiting and investigating cases, utilising modern forensic techniques so we can identify offenders, arrest them and put them before the court.

– Andrea Richards

15-year-old boy charged with house burglary

A 15-year-old boy from Aylesham has been charged with a house burglary in West Hougham.

He was charged with theft from a camper van and possession of cannabis, after police responded to a call about an incident in Satmar Lane on November 6.

The teenager is due to appear before Folkestone magistrates on Tuesday November 11.

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