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Thousands across the South East stop to remember the fallen

Towns and cities across the South East have stopped to remember those who gave their lives in war.

One of the biggest Remembrance Sunday events was in Worthing where around 4,000 people gathered for a parade and service.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Malcolm Greer, veterans Dave Salter and Ronald Baddell, and Janet Goldsborugh-Jones of the Royal British Legion.

Man's body found at property in Maidstone

Northumberland Court- Library picture Credit: Google Images

Police are investigating the death of a man at a flat in Maidstone.

Officers were called to a property at Northumberland Court in the Shepway area at 5.04pm on Saturday 11 November.

They have not revealed whether they are treating the death as suspicious.

Officers remain at the scene and are looking to establish the circumstances.

Jail for two men who carried out violent attack

Jason Farmer Credit: Kent Police

Two men who carried out a violent assault in Maidstone by beating their victims with items including a gas canister have been jailed for a total of more than 10 years.

Warren Evans and Jason Farmer attacked two men in a caravan during an unprovoked attack earlier this year.

On 28 April 2017 their victims had been asleep inside the caravan parked near to Albion Pace.

In the early hours of the morning Evans and Farmer forced their way inside and attacked both men, punching them repeatedly.

The pair then took turns to beat one of their victims with a gas stove and gas canister.

They demanded his mobile phone before leaving the scene.

Warren Evans Credit: Kent Police

The victims made their way into Maidstone town centre to wait for an ambulance only to come across their attackers again.

Evans gloated at them saying ‘look at what we have done’.

Police arrested the attackers in King Street after catching them on CCTV.

Evans, aged 26 and formerly of Mote Road, Maidstone and Farmer, aged 26 and formerly of James Whatman Way in Maidstone, were both charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

They each entered guilty pleas and on 26 October were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court.

Evans was sentenced to five years and seven months imprisonment.

Farmer received a term of four years and nine months.

These assaults were entirely unprovoked. One of the victims was beaten so severely he suffered a suspected fractured skull." "The sentences passed by the courts are a reflection of the savage and gratuitous violence which Evans and Farmer subjected their victims to and both men will now both spend a considerable amount of time behind bars."

– Police Constable Chris Ellingham
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