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Kent runner wins Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon

More than one and half thousand runners from across the country took to the streets of Kent on Sunday.

It was for the 34th annual Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon.

Organisers, Tunbridge Wells Harriers, say the weather conditions were ideal as runners paced through the town, crossing the rivers Medway and Eden.

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The race was won by James Connor of Kent Athletics Club in a fast time of 1:08:50.

James Connor from Kent Athletics Club was first to cross the line Credit: Mark Taylor, Race Director

Last runner to cross the line was Kate Knight in 3:31:05 who had braved the marathon, walking most of the way, despite a knee issue.

Kate Knight braved the half marathon, despite a knee issue Credit: Mark Taylor, Race Director

Organisers say the half marathon has raised in excess of £150,000 for charities over the years.

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Warning as pub-goers targeted by bag thieves

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Police are warning pub-goers in Kent to be on their guard against thieves who have been targeting them as they dine.

Officers are linking three thefts where a man and a woman have stolen purses or handbags from women in pubs in the St Dunstan’s and St Radigund’s areas of Canterbury.

The man and woman are described as being aged between 35 and 45. The woman is described as having light-coloured frizzy hair, red blotchy skin and chipped teeth. The man is described as being bald and having a large belly.

Anyone who recognises the descriptions are being asked to phone Kent Police on 01843 222289.

On all three occasions the victims have been enjoying a meal with friends when their bag or purse has been stolen by a man and a woman sitting close by.

We have been looking at CCTV and enquiries are ongoing to identify and locate the two offenders. In the meantime we urge people to be vigilant and to keep their possessions close to hand when they are out and about in the city.’

– Inspector Vicki Tyler, Canterbury Community Safety Unit
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