Riot involved overseas prisoners

A disturbance involving about 40 inmates from the same wing at Maidstone Prison has been resolved, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.

Maidstone gets ready to party

Revellers are getting ready for a brand new festival in Maidstone this weekend featuring bands like Sister Sledge and Brand New Heavies.

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Appeal for information after teenager hit by a car dies

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old girl died after she was hit by a car.

The girl was walking along Heath Road, Coxheath on Saturday 11th January at around 6pm when a silver Mazda hit her.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services and people who came to her aid, she sadly died at the scene.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are continuing to piece together the events that lead up to the collision, but would like anyone who may have information to come forward.

Anyone with information should call 01622 798 538.

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Man jailed for drugs offence in Maidstone

A Margate man who was caught in possession of drugs in a bar in Maidstone has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Simon Cursons, 31, of Gordon Road in Margate, was seen by door staff at The Source Bar in the Roseyard in Maidstone in March.

He was detained until officers arrived and 11 wraps of MDMA (ecstacy) powder and approximately £100 in cash were seized.

Cursons was charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. The drugs were estimated to be worth between £240 and £480.

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Simon Cursons was jailed for drug offence Credit: Kent Police

Detective Constable Martin Barrow from Kent Police said: ‘This will hopefully act as a deterrent to people who attempt to sell drugs in Maidstone, or anywhere else. Drugs ruin lives; not just the lives those that take them but their families and friends too who have to deal with the consequences.’

Burglar went to same house three times in eight weeks

A homeless man targeted a home in Maidstone by burgling it three times in the space of eight weeks.

Thomas Morgan, who is 25-years-old, went to the property in Bell Road, Maidstone where he took electrical items, jewellery and even bed clothes between 21st September and 28th November 2013.

On one occasion, a screwdriver was left as well as adhesive tape on the window.

Morgan was eventually found to be living in a shed in Hollingworth Road where some of the stolen items were found.

Crime scene investigators also found tape and screwdrivers identical to those left at the scene.

Morgan pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Thomas Morgan will spend two and a half years in prison after burgling the same house three times Credit: Kent Police

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3,315 without power in south east England

3,315 customers remain without power in south east England after overhead power lines were damaged in Monday's storm, UK Power Networks said.

This includes:

  • Kent: 1,745
  • Surrey: 680
  • Sussex: 890

Engineers and tree cutters are continuing to clear and repair lines and "good progress is being made", the company said.

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