Dramatic footage has been released of a ram raid on a shop in Kent. The raiders reversed a car at high speed into a cash point in Rochester. They caused severe damage to the front of the store but police say they escaped empty-handed. Tom Savvides reports.
Dramatic footage of a ram raid attack on a shop in Kent has been caught on camera.
The raiders smashed their way into a co-op in Rochester using what is thought to be a stolen vehicle, leaving a trail of destruction behind them.
The would-be thieves gave a steady nudge to shunt a parked car - followed by a high speed crash into the glass doors of the co-op on Delce Road in Rochester.
They left a scene of destruction behind them following the early hours attack on Thursday.
It was all filmed by the CCTV cameras of the builders merchants next door.
Unable to move the cash machine the raiders had been after - they are thought to have left the store without any money - armfuls of cigarettes believed to be their only haul.
Police are appealing for information
No arrests have been made.
Police investigating a sexual assault in Rochester in Kent have released an efit of a man they want to speak to.
A teenage girl was walking across Rede common between 12pm and 12.30pm on Wednesday 30 March when she was approached by a man who is reported to have hugged and touched her inappropriately.
He is described as white with a bald head, aged around 50, and was walking two dogs at the time - one black and one golden. He was wearing a green jacket and green waterproof boots.
"There were a number of people in the area at the time and I am keen to hear from anyone who may have information about the man or what happened.
"Please call 01622 604100 quoting reference XY/11963/16. Alternatively you can contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111."
Medway's schools have often come bottom of the country in league tables with one OFSTED report finding nine and a half thousand primary pupils were at schools that were either inadequate or requiring improvement. Now, a major recruitment fair has been held in Rochester with the aim of attracting a hundred and fifty new teachers. This report by Tom Savvides includes interviews with applicant Andrew Washington-Tummings, Headteachers Catherine Burnett and Davinder Jandu and teacher trainee Oluwashola Williams.
A pilot has died after a microlight aeroplane crashed in Kent.
Emergency services were called to a field at Burrows Lane near Rochester yesterday afternoon.
The Air Accident Investigation Branch is investigating.
A shopper from Rochester in Kent has shared her surprise at receiving a bunch of spring onions from a supermarket instead of the bouquet of Spring flowers she had ordered online.
The supermarket sent her a letter explaining the odd substitution, by saying it had no bunches of the Spring flowers left.
Suzanne Bradish sent a message on social media telling her followers and friends about the mixup. Since then her tweet has gone viral with more more than 3,000 other people forwarding the story on.
Since then, the jokes have come pouring in, along with other people sharing their own substitution stories. Suzanne showed she has a sense of humour too, by picturing the onions in a vase of water.
To their credit Sainsbury's did apologise, and sent Suzanne a bunch of flowers and a voucher for her trouble.
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