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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


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.


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.

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