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Burglar who stole WWII medals jailed

A burglar who stole medals belonging to the family of a late Second World War veteran has been jailed for 18 months.

Bradley Richmond, 20, of no fixed abode, took the military decorations during a raid of a house inPenenden Heath, Maidstone, on Monday 26 January this year.

He also stole a large quantity of jewellery as well as a laptop computer, a portable media player, bank cards and numerous other possessions.

Bradley Richmond has been sentenced to 18 months in prison Credit: Kent Police

Richmond was arrested several days later in Folkestone after some of the items taken in the burglary were found in a flat he was known to be living in at the time.

He pleaded guilty to the offence and also asked for three other burglaries to be taken into consideration. These occurred at addresses in Snodland and Maidstone between 21 and 26 January 2015.

"During interview Richmond claimed he was tired of looking for work and had turned to burglary as an easy way to earn some money, which just goes to show how selfish his actions were. Burglary is a terrible crime that leaves a long-lasting impact on victims, but Richmond spared no thought for those whose homes he ransacked for his own personal benefit. Fortunately the war medals and other possessions he stole were returned to their rightful owners, and I hope the sentencing imposed on Richmond is of some additional comfort to them."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Raj Dusanjh

Man charged over catapult attack on bus driver

Officers investigating an alleged assault on a bus driver in Maidstone have now charged a man in connection with the incident.

It was reported that on 2 March a ball bearing was fired from a catapult into the face of a bus driver who had stopped in Lacock Gardens.

Following enquiries Kent Police arrested Callum Walters on 28 March.

Walters, 18, of Oak Tree Avenue, Maidstone has been charged with wounding with intent and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place. He was remanded in custody and will appear at Maidstone Magistrates' Court today.


Carer jailed for stealing from vulnerable pensioner

A carer who stole more than £10,000 from an elderly woman has been jailed for 19 months.

David Baker, 56, of Roseholme, Maidstone, withdrew cash from his victim’s bank account while she was ill in hospital and even on the day she died. He also stole almost £4,000 from the woman’s elderly brother who lived with her for a while.

David Baker has been sentenced to 19 months in prison Credit: Kent Police

Baker was a neighbour of the woman and had been friends with her and her late husband prior to him being taken on as her registered carer, having previously helped her with household chores and other odd-jobs.

But following the woman's death in June 2013 it was discovered that a total of £10,990 had been withdrawn from two of her bank accounts and £3,700 from her brother’s.

"To steal from an elderly and vulnerable woman is cruel and heartless. To do so when that person counts you as a friend and carer is the ultimate betrayal of trust. David Baker’s victim died believing him to be a good man, when in reality he was draining her bank accounts of almost every penny to her name. He abused the trust that was placed in him, not only by his victim but the rest of her family and warrants the time he will now spend in prison for his actions."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Darren Smitherman
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Lost German cat gets ready to go home

He's just 5 years old and escaped from a van at a motorway service station in Kent. Then, for five weeks, Kosey hid in the bushes and amongst the cars.

But now Kosey - who's a cat, by the way - is to be reunited with his German owner after a schoolgirl managed to coax him out and take him to the vet.

David Johns reports, speaking to Kosey's owner Ina Pautz (via the Internet), Courtney Weeks who caught the cat, and cattery owner Julia Baxi.

Lost German cat found in service station

Kosey was discovered living in a service station after five weeks on the run Credit: Nutley Farm Cats

A cat who escaped from her German owners when she stopped at services in Maidstone has been found after five weeks on the run.

After living in Leeds for six years, Ina Pautz was driving back to her native Germany and stopped briefly at Maidstone services.

But her cat Kosey, escaped from the car and would not return.

Ina was forced to continue her journey home and later appealed on Facebook for help finding her pet.

The cat was discovered by 16-year-old Courtney Weeks, 16, when they stopped off at the services with her mum.

A vet scanned its chip and tracked down Kosey's owner in Germany.

Kosey is now in a cattery in Wateringbury waiting for his owner to collect him.


Bereaved family starts campaign to change Australian driving laws

The family and friends of a twenty-two year old backpacker, who was killed in a car crash in Australia, have started a campaign to change the driving laws there. Jade Fox, from Maidstone, was a passenger in a four-by-four vehicle being driven by a 19 year old tourist on Fraser Island. Jade's family say the driver was too young to cope with the sandy terrain. Jade's friends and family are now starting a petition to ban people under 25 from driving on Fraser Island. Andrea Thomas has this report. She spoke to Jade's sister Amy and her friend Remmi Sexton.

Pat Lamb died from immersion, inquest hears

Pat Lamb died from immersion, inquest hears Credit: Kent Police

A man from Kent who disappeared after a night out in Maidstone died from immersion, an inquest has heard.

Pat Lamb, who was 28, was last seen heading down towards the river Medway in December.

His body was found in the water at Cuxton one month later. The inquest has been adjourned until April.

Iconic train tour of Kent a sell-out

The Belmond British Pullman snakes through the countryside Credit: Belmond images

Tickets for a four hour journey around Kent on the sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express this summer have sold out so quickly, the organisers have had to put on another date. The iconic Belmond British Pullman will be departing from Maidstone on July 4th at a cost of £299 per head. It was exclusively chartered by the Heart of Kent Hospice to raise funds for the charity. The train will run again on 26th September. Bookings can be made by calling Richard Neville on 01622 790195.

Putting the finishing touches to the Pullman Credit: Belmond images

Tributes paid to missing man found dead in a river

The parents of a missing Kent man, whose body was found at the weekend, have paid an emotional tribute to him. Patrick Lamb disappeared after a night out in Maidstone last month. A search team confirmed the 28-year old was discovered in the River Medway at Cuxton on Saturday. Sharon and Tony Lamb have spoken of their loss.

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