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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 kirstine.davies@kent.pnn.police.uk, or call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting reference ZY/37979/14.

Dartford Crossing: Final countdown to Dart Charge

Changes to Dartford Crossing payment system Credit: The Highways Agency

The Dartford Crossing will change forever this weekend as Dart Charge comes into effect.

The new cashless payment system is expected to speed up journeys by removing the need to stop at a barrier. It will also give drivers more flexibility about how and when they pay the charge.

From 6am this Sunday (30 November) instead of paying cash at the crossing, drivers will pay online, by phone or post or at one of thousands of retail outlets nationwide.

Payment can be made in advance or by midnight the day after crossing.

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Shaping the future of policing in Kent

A summit has been held to discuss the future of policing in Kent.

Representatives from local councils, Neighbourhood Watch and members of the public met at Kent Police Training School in Maidstone to offer their thoughts on how to tackle crime in the face of tough budget cuts.

The force faces having to save another £61million over the next 4 years, on top of the £50million already saved since 2011.

Speakers included Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, Chief Constable Alan Pughsley and members of the Kent Criminal Justice Board and Victim Support.

Tackling crime in Kent in the face of stiff budget cuts Credit: Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner

Man who stole children's firewood apologises

A man who stole firewood collected for sale by two children has met them to apologise for his actions.

The 61-year-old enlisted the help of his grandson in stealing two bags of kindling from outside a house in Bishopsbourne, near Canterbury, on Saturday 18 October.

CCTV footage of the scene showed the man driving away in a red Peugeot 407, which was later spotted by ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras in Folkestone and tracked down to an address in Ash.

He voluntarily attended Canterbury police station on 18 November and admitted to stealing the wood, which was valued at £8.

Following a discussion with the children’s parents, it was agreed that the man should make amends by meeting the family to apologise.

The children had collected, chopped and bagged the wood and planned to sell it for some pocket money. The man who took it clearly did not consider their feelings but has now accepted what he did was wrong. As well as apologising to the family, he also agreed to pay the children £20 each as a way of making amends for his actions.

– Sergeant Martin Williams

Delays on M25 after mobile crane catches fire

The mobile crane fire is causing delays on the M25 Credit: Joel Tadman

There are delays on the M25 after a mobile crane caught fire.

Traffic is queuing due to smoke blowing across the road between J16 M40 and J17 A412 (Maple Cross).

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Online warning over classic Christmas scams

Online shoppers in Kent are being warned to be extra vigilant in the run up to Christmas.

With just a month left until the big day, a new guide's been released to help bargain hunters avoid being conned.

The Rough Guide to Online Safety gives tips and helpful advice on classic internet scams.

Common tricks on popular shopping and auction sites involve sellers not sending items once they've been paid for.

Other sites pretend to offer goods, but instead collect credit card details for fraudsters.

You can access the free guide here.

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