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Fundraising page set up for murdered man's funeral

A fundraising page has been set up to pay for Razvan's funeral Credit: JustGiving

A fundraising page has been set up to pay for the funeral of a homeless man who was found dead in a beauty spot in Tovil, Maidstone.

Marc Walker is trying to raise £2,000 for Razvan Sirbu, whose body was discovered in woodland in Crisbrook Meadows on the morning of Sunday 7th May.

18 year old Charlie White of no fixed address, 18 year old Alex McDonald of Regency Place, Maidstone and 19 year old Jimmy Buckley of Capell Close, Coxheath have all been charged with the 21 year old's murder.

Marc Walker, Fundraiser

Results from a post mortem examination revealed he died from a blunt force trauma to the head and body.

All three have appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court and have been remanded in custody.

Two boys, aged 14 and 15, who were also arrested in connection with the incident have been bailed pending further enquiries until 8th June.

Razvan Sirbu was found dead in Crisbrook Meadows Credit: Kent Police

Murder case: Homeless man, 21, bludgeoned to death

Razvan Sirbu was found on Sunday 7th May 2017

A murder inquiry is underway tonight after a young homeless man was found bludgeoned to death in a quiet Kent woodland. The body of Razvan Sirbu was found at a beauty spot, the Loose Valley Conservation area near Maidstone, where he had been living in a tent. He had come to England from Romania. Police are appealing for witnesses, as the search for the murder weapon continues. In his report John Ryall spoke to Chief Inspector Tony Pledger from Kent Police.

UPDATE: Police say man's body found in woodland beauty spot

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Officers investigating after a body was found in woodland in Tovil, Maidstone are appealing for help from the public.

The body of a man believed to be aged in his 20s was found in Crisbrook Meadow near a mill pond at 7.15am this morning.

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at any time between Saturday 6 May and Sunday morning, and may have information.

The Valley Conservation Society, which owns the meadow in conjunction with Tovil Parish Council, was due to hold a litter-pick in the area this morning, but officers told the group to cancel the event.

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Officers are carrying out inquiries at the scene, a local beauty spot, which has been cordoned off.

The cause of the death is currently unexplained and being investigated.

BREAKING: Investigation launched after woman's body found in Kent woodland

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Police in Kent are investigating after a body was found in woodland at Cave Hill in Tovil, Maidstone early this morning.

Officers are carrying out inquiries at the scene, a local beauty spot, which has been cordoned off.

The area is a local beauty spot Credit: Google Images

The Valley Conservation Society, which owns the meadow in conjunction with Tovil Parish Council, was due to hold a litter-pick in the area this morning, but officers told the group to cancel the event.

The cause of the death is currently unexplained.

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Fight to keep Invicta Park army barracks in Kent open

Campaigners fighting to keep open an army barracks in Kent say that over 200 years of military heritage will be lost if the proposals go ahead.

The Maidstone MP, Helen Grant, is among the supporters of efforts to keep the site open. She says the decision to close the Invicta Park army barracks will be a negative step for the army. Nashreen Issa reports.

In the report we hear from Helen Grant MP, Conservative, who represents Maidstone and the Weald; Sir Julian Brazier, Conservative, MP for Canterbury; and Lt Col Brian Awford, a former Commanding Officer.

Grieving father accuses government of doing 'absolutely nothing' on meningitis B

The father of a toddler from Maidstone who died from meningitis B one year ago has accused the Government of doing 'absolutely nothing' since her death.

Faye Burdett was just two years old when she died. Her death led to more than eight hundred thousand people signing a petition backing her parents' campaign for all children to be vaccinated.

The Department of Health says more than one million babies have been immunised in the last two years. But campaigners want all children under five years old - not just babies - to be given the vaccine.

Abigail Bracken's report includes an interview with Faye Burdett's father Neil, and Steve Dayman of Meningitis Now. Viewers may find some of the images in the report distressing.

The last of the lions - fears for Maidstone's Chinese New Year celebrations

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and crowds gathered in Maidstone this lunchtime to celebrate it.

However, there are fears this could be the last time its colourful lions will be seen in the town, due to cutbacks.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Chris Perkins from the Maidstone Cultural Group, Mayor Derek Butler and Kalysha Howard-Smith.

'Stopping to see Christmas lights saved our lives' Kent couple minutes from Berlin Christmas Market disaster

Tragedy in Berlin as lorry ploughs into Christmas Market

A couple from Kent who were caught up in last night's suspected terror attack in Berlin have spoken of their own lucky escape, and their sadness at the loss of life during the tragedy in Germany.

Barry and Lynn Butler, from Maidstone, were in Germany with their daughter as the horror unfolded at the city's Christmas market. The couple who run a coffee shop in Kent, spoke to us - in Berlin - earlier today.

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