Live updates

Two teenagers appear in court after Tovil murder

Razvan Sirbu was found dead in Crisbrook Meadows Credit: Kent Police

Two teenagers have appeared in court in connection with the death of a homeless man in Maidstone.

Razvan Sirbu was found dead earlier this month in Crisbrook Meadows where he had been living in a tent.

Charlie White, aged 18 and of no fixed address and Alex MacDonald, aged 18 of Regency Place, Maidstone appeared via video link.

Results from a post mortem examination revealed Razvan had died from blunt force trauma to the head and body.

Tom Savvides reports from Maidstone Crown Court.

Two boys arrested after homeless man is murdered

Razvan Sirbu murder investigation Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating the death of a 21 year-old man in Tovil near Maidstone have arrested a further two people.

Razvan Sirbu, who was homeless, was found dead in the early hours of last Sunday morning in the Loose Valley Conservation Area.

A post mortem examination revealed he had died from blunt force trauma to the head and body.

Two two teenage boys, aged 15 and 14, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody as enquiries continue.

It follows the earlier arrest of two men, aged 18 and 19 and from the Maidstone area. They also remain in police custody.

Officers from Kent Police would like to express their thanks to the nearby community for their continued support with the investigation.

Advertisement

Man arrested over murder of man in Winchester

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Carl Scott in Winchester.

A 58-year-old from Winchester was arrested on suspicion of murder last night. He is currently in police custody being questioned by officers.

Officers were called to a house in Birch Court, off Thurmond Crescent, on Wednesday afternoon after a member of the public found Mr Scott’s body.

Police were called to Birch Court off Thurmond Crescent Credit: Google Streetview

“We are still in the early stages of this investigation and we are following various lines of enquiry to establish the exact circumstances of what happened.

“In particular, we are trying to build up a picture of Mr Scott’s lifestyle and movements.

“Therefore I am continuing to appeal for anyone who knew Mr Scott and had contact with him since February 1 this year to contact us. You may hold information that could be vital to our investigation.

“A cordon at the address will remain in place for the next few days while we carry out further enquiries.

“Once again, I would like to thank local residents for their patience while this takes place.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Dave Morgan

Police and family of murdered pensioner renew appeal to find killers

Police in Kent have renewed a witness appeal a year after a pensioner was found beaten to death in his home.

Roy Blackman was found murdered at his ransacked bungalow, in Biddenden in March 2016, but Police think he was attacked by more than one person.

Roy Blackman murdered in his home Credit: Kent Police

Mark Love, 38, of Staplehurst has been sentenced to life imprisonment , after being found guilty of Mr Blackman’s murder, as well as another aggravated burglary in Sussex, at Maidstone Crown Court on 29 September but police think others were involved in the attack.

Detectives found a number of items including a large safe containing a quantity of cash, an air weapon and jewellery had been stolen and officers believe other people may have been involved in the break-in. They are keen to speak to anyone who may have information about what happened the night Mr Blackman was killed.

One person has been convicted of Mr Blackman’s murder, however, we firmly believe there were other people involved in the tragic incidents of that night and we believe there are people who know who they are.

However, small or insignificant you think the information you have is, we still want to hear from you as it may be the missing piece in our jigsaw.

We’re hoping that a year on, people will realise Mr Blackman’s family are still waiting for justice to be fully served and I would encourage anyone with information who is yet to talk to us to come forward.

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Gossett

Mr Blackman's family has issued a joint statement appealing for witnesses as their search for justice continues.

One year after our world fell apart, every day continues to be a struggle for us all.

Our beloved dad, grandad and brother is no longer here to share our lives and guide us - his loss was not the result of an illness or a tragic accident but at the hands of a terrible gang - some of whom are still enjoying their freedom.

We urge anyone with information that they feel may be helpful to please come forward and pass it to the police. Nothing will bring our dad back, but we would like to get as much justice for him as possible.

We are proud of our dad and all he achieved. He was a strong and brave man and will be our hero forever.’ continue to question how they could possibly do such a thing – to go mob-handed against a pensioner living alone.

– Family statement

Anyone with further information is asked to call the dedicated Kent and Essex SCD appeal line on 01303 289600.

Alternatively, you can call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on0800 555 111.

Police hunt underway to find convicted murdered

Police are hunting for a convicted murderer from Dorset.

Jamie Frater who's 43 and from Weymouth was jailed for life in 1993 for the murder of Geoffrey Du Rose in Bournemouth. He was released on licence but has breached his conditions.

Police are warning people not to approach him.

Jamie Frater has breached his licence conditions Credit: Dorset Police

“I am releasing a photograph of Jamie Frater in the hope that someone will know his whereabouts. Anyone who sees Frater should not approach him, as he could present a risk to the public, but immediately contact Dorset Police on 999.

“There may be various reasons why he has not complied with his licence conditions and I appeal to him directly to make contact with police at the earliest opportunity.”

“I’d like to assure members of the public that officers are making every effort to find this man as soon as possible. I’d also like to remind members of the public that all calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

– Detective Superintendent Jez Noyce, of Dorset Police

Advertisement

Man in court charged with pensioner's murder

Trevor Hadlow's body was found at an address in Gillingham on Tuesday Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating the murder of a pensioner in Kent, have charged a man.

Seventy year old Trevor Hadlow was found at an address on Capstone Road in Gillingham on Tuesday. He'd suffered head injuries.

A 17 year old from Sheerness is due before Medway Magistrates charged with murder.

Arrest made in connection with murder of man at stud farm

Detectives investigating the murder of a man near Chatham have arrested a man.

A 70-year-old was found dead at a stud farm in Capstone Road on Tuesday - He'd suffered serious head injuries.

The 70-year-old was found at a stud farm in Capstone Road Credit: ITV Meridian

A 17 year-old man from Sheerness has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Murder investigation in Dartford

A murder investigation is underway following the death of a man at a house in Dartford.

Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service were called to Sackville Road where they found a 54-year old man.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 17-year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Two men charged over Broadstairs murder

Two men have been charged with murder following the death of a 20-year-old man in Broadstairs.

Kent Police was called to reports that a man had sustained serious injuries in a shopping centre car park in Margate Road on Tuesday night.

Emergency services were called but the victim, Carl Gregory, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men - John James William Dickson, 27 and of Northdown Road in Cliftonville, Margate and Christopher Pollard, 20 and of Brimstone Hill in Meopham have been charged with murder. They appeared in court via videolink and have been remanded in custody.

Both men will appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday.

Load more updates