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Four care homes in Kent under threat

Kent County Council wants to close two care homes in the South East and replace two others with alternative arrangements.

They are in Sandwich, Sheerness, Faversham and Maidstone.

But Sue Black, the daughter of one resident of the home in Maidstone, has told ITV News she's furious and will campaign against the plans.

We propose to close two of our homes because they are under-used and the buildings cannot provide quality care into the future without significant investment.

The well-being of the residents that live at, or frequently use the homes is our first and foremost consideration. They are being kept up to date with proposed changes and we will be working with them and their carers to continue to meet their needs.

– Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health


CCTV image released by police after assault

CCTV image released of man in connection with assault Credit: Kent Police

Officers investigating an assault in Maidstone have released an image of a man that they would like to speak to.

The incident occurred on 23 August, between 2.45am and 3.15am, in High Street, near the junction with Mill Street. It was reported that a 25 year-old man was assaulted, and sustained facial injuries.

Kent Police has now released an image of a man that they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Tom Farley at Maidstone police station by calling 01622 604100, quoting crime reference YY/17003/15.

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Family of biker killed on M25 pay tribute to 'loving husband and father-of-two'

Paul Garner from Maidstone was killed on the M25 Credit: Essex Police

The family of a motorcyclist killed on the M25 have paid tribute to their 'loving husband and father-of-two.'

Paul Garner, 53, from Maidstone, died after his bike was in collision with a lorry on September 18.

Paul was a loving husband, father of two and life-long car and motorcycle enthusiast.

He was a keen reader, excellent in the kitchen and with a wicked sense of humour. Paul lived and worked in the Kent area all of his life.

– Paul Garner's family

Stana Caltun, 35, from Romania has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Saturday, September 18.

She has been remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown court on November 23.


Tributes to scaffolder who fell to his death at TV studios

Justin Newitt Credit: Facebook

Tributes have been paid to a workman who fell to his death from scaffolding at television studios in Maidstone.

Justin Newitt was working at height at the Maidstone Studios in Vinters Park early on Wednesday morning.

Police, ambulances and the Kent Air Ambulance were called at around 8am. Mr Newitt was taken to hospital but died later.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive is taking place.

We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Justin’s family, friends and colleagues at this time.

Maidstone Studios would also like to confirm that we are co-operating fully with the relevant authorities in their on-going investigation.

– Maidstone Studios statement

Woman tried to get drug into custody inside newspaper

A Maidstone woman who attempted to smuggle a class A drug in to police custody by hiding it inside a newspaper has been jailed for 21 months.

Victoria Hicks, 38 Credit: Kent Police

Victoria Hicks, 38, attempted to provide a detainee with fentanyl, which was hidden inside a tabloid newspaper.

Before she arrived she had spoken with the detainee about how to get it into the cells over a custody phone, which was being listened in to by a sergeant.

The newspaper was searched and one of the pages in the sport section was found to be slightly thicker than the others - a clear square patch had been stuck to it and after analysis it was found to contain the drug.

The defendant initially denied all knowledge of the patch being in the newspaper and in police interview claimed that it must have already been there when she bought it.

In court she pleaded guilty to possessing a class A drug with intent to supply and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court.

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