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TV presenter Angela Rippon honours dementia carers

There are more than 800,000 people in the UK living with dementia and that number is expected to rise. Now, families, charities and businesses in Kent are being recognised for the help and support they offer to those who have the condition. An awards ceremony, hosted by former newsreader Angela Rippon, has been taking place in Sittingbourne. Tom Savvides has been to meet one family who've been shortlisted.


Rapist jailed for 11 years after victim escapes by jumping from window

Rafel Kafel left his victim with hairline fractures to her eye socket Credit: Kent Police

A man has been jailed for 11 years for assaulting and raping a woman in Maidstone, Kent.

Rafel Kafel, 40, locked the victim in his flat on Upper Stone Street on 16th May and repeatedly attacked her, causing hairline fractures to her nose and eye socket.

The victim only managed to escape by jumping from a window and flagging down a passing car, before she was taken to Maidstone police station. She broke her leg during the fall from the building.

Officers attended Kafel’s home shortly after where he insisted on talking to negotiators and threatened to stab himself with a knife.

After his arrest he denied any wrongdoing and accused the photographs of the victims injuries as being fabricated.

Kafel pleaded guilty to three counts of rape at Maidstone Crown Court.

Three jailed for stealing £7million in UK taxes

Aquil Ahmed, Victor Shearer and Christopher Azzopardi were all jailed Credit: HMRC

Three men from Kent, including an accountant and a construction boss, have been jailed for a total of 19 years after stealing £6.9m in UK taxes.

Aquil Ahmed, 60, an accountant; Victor Shearer, 43, a construction services company director; and Christopher Azzopardi, 37, a payroll administrator employed by Ahmed, defrauded HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) out of VAT, Income Tax, National Insurance Contributions and Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) deductions.

The group pocketed money that workers of companies using the payroll services thought were being paid in taxes to HMRC.

The stolen taxes helped fund lavish lifestyles for the three men.

Ahmed owned a Bentley; bought properties in the UK, USA and Turkey; and took multiple foreign holidays, including trips to Dubai and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Aquil Ahmed's Bentley was funded thanks to the fraud Credit: HMRC

Aquil Ahmed pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue. He was jailed for 7 years 8 months.

Victor Shearer was found guilty of three counts of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue and one count of money laundering. He was jailed for 7 years 6 months.

Christopher Azzopardi was found guilty of three counts of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue. He was jailed for four years.

These men were driven by greed, abusing systems that are designed to ensure workers are paid correctly and taxes paid to HMRC. They were all professionals who knew they were breaking the law, but as an accountant Ahmed was in a position of trust, making his part in the conspiracy even more deplorable.

These criminals thought they’d created a sophisticated fraud, and that by operating through numerous UK and offshore companies, they could hide what they were doing.

– Chris Gill, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC


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