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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.

Missing 90 year old found safe and well

A 90 year old woman who was reported missing in Maidstone has been found safe and well. Kent Police appealed for information when Violet Day went missing from her home in Armstrong Road in the early hours of this morning. She was wearing a cream knitted cardigan, cream trousers and green shoes, and carrying a cream patterned handbag. Officers were concerned for her welfare but Violet was she was found later in the morning.

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Shops count the cost of massive fire

A week after a devastating fire brought a town centre to a standstill, traders say they're still suffering the effects. The Works bookshop in Maidstone was destroyed by the blaze in the early hours last Monday morning. It's believed to have caused several million pounds of damage. And with one of the main streets still closed, retailers say they're suffering a loss of trade. Tom Savvides talks to shop manager Michael Wright and building surveyor David Harrison.


Man arrested following fire in Maidstone

Firefighters called to Week Street Credit: ITV news

Detectives investigating a suspicious fire in Week Street, Maidstone, have arrested a 21 year old man. The fire started in the early hours of Monday morning in The Works bookstore and spread to adjoining properties, causing significant damage. A section of Week Street remains closed for safety reasons.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and officers are continuing to appeal to members of the public for information. They are also looking into possible links with a series of car fires in the Buckland Road and Somerfield Road area of the town earlier the same morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01732 379285. Or Kent Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.

Man arrested over Maidstone town centre fire

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a fire that destroyed a bookshop in Maidstone on Monday.

The fire started just after 2am in Week Street and quickly spread to adjoining properties.

The man is from the Maidstone area and is being held in custody.

Meanwhile the police are continuing to work to establish any potential links with a series of car fires in the Buckland Road and Somerfield Road area earlier the same morning.

Maidstone man released without charge

A man who police were questioning in connection with major fires in Maidstone yesterday has been released without charge.

Kent Police are continuing to look at the circumstances of the blaze and say it remains an active investigation.

Flames engulfed the bookshop in Maidstone town centre

Access has been closed off to the roads where the fire-damaged buildings are located.

However, other businesses also have to remain closed for safety reasons, while the area surrounding the affected buildings is made secure.

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Maidstone bookshop destroyed by fire

In the space of 24 hours, there have been three big fires in the south east. In the first, smoke and flames leapt in the air at the Medway City Estate - and at one stage could be seen across three counties.

Then, as firefighters were tackling that blaze at the recycling plant, a major fire started in Maidstone town centre. In Sussex, sixteen acres of Ashdown forest were destroyed as grassland went up in flames.

It's put the fire services under real pressure as David Johns reports.

He spoke to Steve Jeffery from Kent Fire & Rescue Service; Chief Superintendent Steve Corbishley from Kent Police; and David Harrison from Maidstone Borough Council.

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