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Celebrations in Kent as Maidstone United win FA Cup tie

Maidstone United beat Stevenage in historic FA Cup tie

Lethal Collin scored at the beginning and end of the game to take his tally for the season to 16 to spark delirious scenes of celebration at the final whistle.

Stevenage recovered from conceding a goal after only 108 seconds to have the better of the second half and a goal from Darius Charles gave them hope of avoiding a giant-killing only for Collin to strike again three minutes from time.

Isthmian League Maidstone went ahead in the most basic of manners, a long clearance from goalkeeper Lee Worgan was headed on by Alex Flisher into the path of Jay May. Veteran Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day could only parry May's soft shot but the rebound fell for Collin to lash home from 10 yards.

Worgan made excellent saves from Lee Barnard and Roarie Deacon in the first half as Stevenage fought desperately to get back into the match.

But they had to wait until the 47th minute before Charles volleyed in a centre from Charlie Lee and for long spells it looked as if Graham Westley's side, 60 places above seventh tier Maidstone in the league pyramid, would take control.

But with extra time looming, substitute Ben Greenhalgh got clear on the left and his perfect centre was headed in by Collin, with Stevenage appealing for offside.

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Man charged with robbery of pizza from Domino's

A 21 year-old man will appear in court later this month charged with robbing a pizza takeaway in Chatham earlier this year.

Jacob Cloke, from Maidstone, faces a charge of robbery at Domino's Pizza in August and an attempted robbery at the same premises on September 2.

Joshua Dallison, from Sittingbourne, was charged with the same offences last month and is due to appear in court in January.

Maidstone remembers on Armistice Day 2014

'Remembrance Square' as Maidstone remembers

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Remembrance services in the south-east

Services of commemoration and remembrance have been held across the south-east today. Cities, towns and villages came to a standstill as people young and old stopped to think about the impact of conflict around the world.

David Johns reports, speaking to Tug Wilson, chairman of Chatham RNA; Warrant Officer Tony Matthews of the Royal Navy; and Mrs Susan Bavin, daughter of Sittingbourne VC recipient Donald Dean.

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Man who sent over 5,000 threatening texts to victim jailed

Charlie Brooker sent 5,000 threatening texts Credit: Kent Police

A man who bombarded a Maidstone woman with thousands of threatening texts and phone calls has been jailed for 18 months.

Charlie Brooker, 26, pleaded guilty to assault and of making threats to kill.

Brooker assaulted his victim in May 2014 after "forcing her to drive him around aimlessly" while continually shouting abuse at her.

The court heard how Brooker – who also threatened to headbutt a female police officer while in custody – has a long history of convictions including many for violence and harassment.

His most recent victim received about 5,000 pages of text messages from Brooker and when police officers answered his calls on her behalf, he would still threaten to ‘wring her neck’. He also told his victim he would slit her throat and harm members of her family.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Becky Saunders said:

Charlie Brooker is a violent offender with 44 previous convictions, most of which in recent years are for violence and harassment. He was in breach of a suspended sentence when committing these most recent offences and therefore now serves this term. Brooker is a danger to women and belongs behind bars where he can cause them no harm and where they are free from his barrage of abuse.

– Becky Saunders

Kent backpacker killed in road accident in Australia

Jade Fox died while on a trip to Fraser Island in Australia Credit: Facebook

A 22-year-old woman from Kent has died in Australia, after the vehicle she was a passenger in overturned. Jade Fox was in Fraser Island in Queensland when the tragedy happened on Friday 31st October.

The Queensland Police Force said that their initial investigations suggested that: '... at around 2pm a four wheel drive vehicle travelling in a convoy of three and heading south towards Hook Point was in the process of overtaking another vehicle when it rolled. A 22-year-old British national was pronounced deceased at the scene.'.

Five passengers were taken to Gympie Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while the driver and another passenger were airlifted to the Hervey Bay Hospital with non-life threatening head injuries.

The force's Forensic Crash Unit is continuing to investigate.

Man charged with murder after body found in Headcorn

A man has been charged with murder after the discovery of a body in Headcorn, Kent.

Forty-year-old Ruslan Piktorov, of no fixed address, was charged last night with the murder of Trevor Hillman.

The 57-year-old's body was found on Church Walk on the morning of Wednesday 22nd October.

Mr Piktorov is due before magistrates in Maidstone today.

A second man was arrested but has been released without charge.

'I would like to thank the Headcorn community for their assistance with this investigation.'

– DI Lee Whitehead, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate
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