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Man sentenced for ordering woman home to Hong Kong to kill her family

A man accused of ordering a woman to return to Hong Kong to kill her family has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

Hon Cheong Chu, 57, was arrested at his home in Tarragon Road, Maidstone in March last year and where officers seized a number of firearms and ammunition including a single-bolt weapon disguised as a metallic pen.

He was later charged with a number of offences including soliciting murder, assault and possession of ammunition and firearms, and convicted following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court.


Four care homes in Kent under threat

Kent County Council wants to close two care homes in the South East and replace two others with alternative arrangements.

They are in Sandwich, Sheerness, Faversham and Maidstone.

But Sue Black, the daughter of one resident of the home in Maidstone, has told ITV News she's furious and will campaign against the plans.

We propose to close two of our homes because they are under-used and the buildings cannot provide quality care into the future without significant investment.

The well-being of the residents that live at, or frequently use the homes is our first and foremost consideration. They are being kept up to date with proposed changes and we will be working with them and their carers to continue to meet their needs.

– Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health

CCTV image released by police after assault

CCTV image released of man in connection with assault Credit: Kent Police

Officers investigating an assault in Maidstone have released an image of a man that they would like to speak to.

The incident occurred on 23 August, between 2.45am and 3.15am, in High Street, near the junction with Mill Street. It was reported that a 25 year-old man was assaulted, and sustained facial injuries.

Kent Police has now released an image of a man that they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Tom Farley at Maidstone police station by calling 01622 604100, quoting crime reference YY/17003/15.

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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