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Widening of busy Kent road will put ancient trees at risk

After decades of waiting for improvements to one of the busiest roads in the South East, work is finally set to start on widening the A21 in Kent.

A two and a half mile section of the road between Tonbridge and Pembury is being upgraded from single to dual carriageway. But the work will come at a cost as hundreds of ancient trees will be lost. Watch Andy Dickenson's report.


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.

Man jailed for sexually abusing six-year-old girl

A man from Kent who sexually abused a young girl for four years has been jailed. 65-year-old Roy Cleaver, previously of Lavender Close in Margate, was found guilty of indecent assault and rape.

The victim was six years old when the abuse started in 2000. She was friends of Cleaver's family and would go to his house regularly.

Roy Cleaver carried out the abuse over a series of years

On one occasion when she was upstairs Cleaver came into the room got undressed and pulled her trousers and knickers down and sexually assaulted her.

The victim had recurring dreams about the abuse and finally told her mother in 2013. Cleaver was sentenced to 13 years in prison at Canterbury Crown Court.

"It was an emotional case for everyone involved. The sentence reflects the seriousness of the crimes committed.

"The family showed tremendous courage throughout the trial and I hope the lengthy sentence means they can now rebuild their lives."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable David Hopwood
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