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Two people charged after burglary

A man and a woman are due to appear at court following an alleged burglary at a property in Gillingham.

It is reported that jewellery was stolen from a house on Culpepper Road, Gillingham, between 23 and 26 August 2014.

Detectives investigating the incident identified two suspects in connection with the reported burglary, who were subsequently arrested and charged on 10 September.

Jodie Humber, 23, of Bank Street, Chatham, has been charged with fraud by false representation and burglary dwelling.

Paul Michael Gregory, 36, of Maidstone Road, Gillingham, has been charged with fraud by false representation and handling stolen goods.

They have both been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 6 October 2014.

Man charged with farm arson

Man charged with farm arson on Isle of Sheppey Credit: ITV Meridian

A man has been charged in connection with a fire at a Sheppey farm.

David Staples, 44, of Kingsnorth Road, Gillingham, was charged on 10 September with one count of arson in relation to a fire at a property in Plough Road, Eastchurch, on 3 September.

He was also charged with five counts of possessing indecent images.

Staples appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court on 11 September and was remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on 26 September.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Humpheryes said: 'The entire Sheppey community has been understandably concerned about recent farm fires.

'I would like to reassure the public that we are taking these incidents extremely seriously and have been working closely with Kent Fire and Rescue Services.

'We will be meeting with the victims to update them on the situation and I would urge residents to allow police to continue with their investigations into the other fires.'

Tributes to Sir Donald Sinden

He was one of the most popular and well-loved actors of his generation. Sir Donald Sinden, who lived in Kent, has died at the age of 90. The Shakespearean actor had suffered from cancer for several years.

He was also well known for film, stage and TV roles. His son, Marc, said that although they knew the end was coming, Sir Donald's death was "a huge loss to his family" but that they appreciated the care given to him by the Pilgrims Hospice. David Johns looks back on the actor's life, speaking to neighbour Dave McKean and theatre manager Juliet Mander.


Police concern for missing vulnerable pensioner

John Blackwell has been missing since this morning Credit: Kent Police

Police say they are concerned for the welfare of a vulnerable pensioner missing from his home in Maidstone.

John Blackwell, 71, is believed to have left his house on the morning of and has not been seen since.

He was wearing a burgundy coat, grey T-shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting CAD reference 12-481.

History for free this weekend

They're normally closed to the public or charge admission but this weekend, venues across the south-east will be throwing open their doors to the public. The Heritage Open Days scheme is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with guided walks and tours throughout Kent, Sussex and Essex.

David Johns has been for a preview, speaking to historians Caroline Stanford and Chris Jones; heritage walks coordinator Fiona Woodfield and shop owner Sue Luck.

Pride of Britain: Kent Zippers

They're people who've done amazing things for charity, often giving their time and skills, or raising money for good causes. And once again it's nearly that time of year when the south-east picks a local winner to go forward to the national "Pride of Britain" awards.

Tonight we visit Folkestone where Pat and Vic Powell run an indoor bowls club which raises money for cardiac units in hospitals across Kent. The work has a very special meaning to them both, as David Johns explains.

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