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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.

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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

Maidstone: 16 year old charged with murder after man killed in disturbance

Police were called to McDonalds in Maidstone Credit: Google

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder after a man was killed in Maidstone on Friday night.

The teenager is due to appear at Maidstone Magistrates' Court today accused of murdering a 50 year old man from the town.

An 18 year old man and a 17 year old teenage boy were also arrested on suspicion of murder remain in custody. A 15-year-old boy was arrested and bailed until Thursday 12th October.

Officers were called to McDonalds in Week Street, Maidstone at 10.30pm on Friday following reports of a disturbance.

The victim was taken to a London hospital with a head injury where he subsequently died.

Pensioner - who set block of flats alight - is jailed for arson

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A pensioner who deliberately started a fire in a Maidstone block of flats has been jailed for more than 3 years.

James Clarke - who's 80 - caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage after setting light to his own home, on April 30th this year.

Firefighters evacuated the building on James Whatman Way.

It's believed Clarke started the fire on his bed Credit: Kent Police

Clarke was rescued from his third floor flat - and arrested after admitting he'd deliberately caused the fire, believed to have been started on his bed.

He was immediately recalled to prison, having breached a life licence imposed following a previous conviction in 1990 for murder.

He admitted a charge of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered at Maidstone Crown Court and was jailed for three years and four months.

The building in which Clarke lived also housed a large number of sheltered accommodation residents, mainly elderly and vulnerable people. They all had to be evacuated and Clarke’s incredibly reckless actions put their lives at risk, as well as his own.

Although no one was injured, Clarke presents a significant risk of causing serious harm and the sentence he has received is entirely appropriate."

– Detective Sergeant Neil Martin, Kent Police

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Fresh appeal after fatal collision in Kent

Suzanne Maclachlan died in the collision on August 20th Credit: Kent Police

Fresh appeals are being made to trace a man who may have witnessed a fatal collision in Mereworth.

Suzanne Maclachlan, 67 and from the Maidstone area, died on Sunday 20 August, after her red Peugeot 206 collided with a Ford Transit van in Malling Road.

Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit is keen to speak with a young adult male with short dark hair who was seen near the scene

He was wearing a red, hooded top with ‘USA’ on the back and officers believe he may have witnessed the collision. There is no suggestion that he has done anything wrong.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw the van as it travelled from Hop Farm roundabout in Paddock Wood, along the A228, Seven Mile Lane and the A26, to the scene of the incident.

They want to trace the occupants of a black Citroen, white Ford Fiesta and a vehicle towing a green horse trailer, who may be able to assist them with their enquiries. They have traced the driver of a black Mini who they had previously appealed for.

The man who had been driving the Transit van also suffered injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit and on leaving hospital, was interviewed under caution and released from custody pending further investigation.

Tributes to cancer survivor killed in car crash

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Tributes are being paid to a cancer survivor and fundraiser from Maidstone who was killed in a road accident in Mereworth a week ago.

67 year old Suzanne Maclachlan was described as a ‘beacon of hope and strength to all’.

In a moving statement her family said Sue loved people and people loved her:

Battling stage four lung cancer for over three years, she was a beacon of hope and strength to all.

Sue was a spiritualist and a trained healer, who took great pleasure in easing other people’s pain.

Sue loved Zumba and had participated in many Zumbathons to raise money for a number of charities; she had recently raised over £1000 for the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust.

She will remain loved and missed by all

– Family statement

Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit is continuing to appeal for information about the incident, in which Sue's red Peugeot 206 was involved in a collision with a Ford Transit van in Malling Road.

A man who had been driving the Transit van also suffered injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit.

Shocking footage of 4x4 flipping over in Kent

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Footage has emerged of the alarming moment a four by four lost control while towing a trailer in Kent.

The video, posted on social media, shows a Land Rover Freelander skidding across two lanes and flipping over as it heads towards Maidstone on the A249.

Motorists helped pull two occupants from the wreckage.

Police say no one was seriously injured.

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