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Our region shows solidarity against terror

Words of solidarity against yesterday's terror attack have flooded twitter.

Under the hashtag #WeStandTogether people are showing their support for those affected by what happened in Westminster.

Tributes paid across the region with a minute's silence

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A minute’s silence was observed this morning in Whitehall and at Scotland Yard to pay respect the victims of yesterday’s attacks.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, is to make a statement in the House of Commons on the attacks at 10.30am, following the conclusion of Questions to the Department of International Trade

The Union flag flies at half mast over Parliament today.

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Hastings Borough Council also paid their respects and observed the one minute silence.

Deputy mayor Cllr Nigel Sinden, conservative leader Cllr Rob Lee and Hastings Borough Council’s director corporate service Jane Hartnell lead the one minute silence in Queens Square, Hastings.

Credit: Hastings BC

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey David Munro joined Surrey Police officers and staff in a minute’s silence at the Force’s Mount Browne HQ in Guildford this morning to pay respect to the victims, those injured and those affected.

"I am deeply shocked and saddened by yesterday's terrible attack in Westminster and my thoughts remain with all those who have been affected. We must continue to work together to defeat terrorism and those who seek to create fear and disharmony in our communities.”

– PCC David Munro

Caroline Ansell, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon has praised the police for working hard to get to the bottom of what happened.

She will be walking across Westminster Bridge to pay her respects to those so sadly killed and injured.

“Like many, I remain very shocked by what happened as I was only seconds from the attacker and I heard the gunshots. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones and to those who have been injured - they were innocent people going about their lives."

– Caroline Ansell

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Plans for so-called Kent 'super council' put on hold

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Plans for a so-called 'super council' in East Kent have been put on hold.

Shepway District Council voted against going forward to the next stage of public consultation at a council meeting this evening.

The shake up would have meant merging Thanet, Canterbury, Dover and Shepway councils to cut costs.

The plans could only move forward if all four councils agreed.

One hundred jobs could be lost if the proposals were to go ahead.

They will now have to consider alternative options.

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Police and family of murdered pensioner renew appeal to find killers

Police in Kent have renewed a witness appeal a year after a pensioner was found beaten to death in his home.

Roy Blackman was found murdered at his ransacked bungalow, in Biddenden in March 2016, but Police think he was attacked by more than one person.

Roy Blackman murdered in his home Credit: Kent Police

Mark Love, 38, of Staplehurst has been sentenced to life imprisonment , after being found guilty of Mr Blackman’s murder, as well as another aggravated burglary in Sussex, at Maidstone Crown Court on 29 September but police think others were involved in the attack.

Detectives found a number of items including a large safe containing a quantity of cash, an air weapon and jewellery had been stolen and officers believe other people may have been involved in the break-in. They are keen to speak to anyone who may have information about what happened the night Mr Blackman was killed.

One person has been convicted of Mr Blackman’s murder, however, we firmly believe there were other people involved in the tragic incidents of that night and we believe there are people who know who they are.

However, small or insignificant you think the information you have is, we still want to hear from you as it may be the missing piece in our jigsaw.

We’re hoping that a year on, people will realise Mr Blackman’s family are still waiting for justice to be fully served and I would encourage anyone with information who is yet to talk to us to come forward.

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Gossett

Mr Blackman's family has issued a joint statement appealing for witnesses as their search for justice continues.

One year after our world fell apart, every day continues to be a struggle for us all.

Our beloved dad, grandad and brother is no longer here to share our lives and guide us - his loss was not the result of an illness or a tragic accident but at the hands of a terrible gang - some of whom are still enjoying their freedom.

We urge anyone with information that they feel may be helpful to please come forward and pass it to the police. Nothing will bring our dad back, but we would like to get as much justice for him as possible.

We are proud of our dad and all he achieved. He was a strong and brave man and will be our hero forever.’ continue to question how they could possibly do such a thing – to go mob-handed against a pensioner living alone.

– Family statement

Anyone with further information is asked to call the dedicated Kent and Essex SCD appeal line on 01303 289600.

Alternatively, you can call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on0800 555 111.

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