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Police and coastguard scour river for missing teen

Emergency services are continuing their search for eighteen year old Ben Savage from Rochester.

Following extensive reviews of CCTV footage they've been looking for him in the Sun Pier area in Chatham.

The teenager did not return home following a night out and was last seen on Tuesday morning.

He's described as being 5ft 10in, of medium build and with short brown hair.

He is believed to have been wearing a black waist-length jacket with a zip on one arm, a grey T-shirt with a large white number on the front, dark blue skinny jeans and black trainers with white detail.

Anyone who knows where he might be is asked to call Kent Police on 101.

Thirteen injured after car ploughs into pedestrians

Thirteen people have been injured when a car ploughed into a crowd of people in Rochester.

Kent Police were called to a disturbance involving a number of vehicles in Sir Thomas Longley Road last night.

Whilst the police were there, a car was involved in a collision with several pedestrians.

Four men have been taken to a London hospital with serious injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.

A further five people have been taken to a local hospital with four treated at the scene.

An 18-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

We are conducting numerous enquiries into this incident and would like to speak to anyone with information who has not yet spoken to officers. A lot of people were in the area at the time and we believe that some of them may have video or pictures of the collision. I would like to encourage anyone with footage to get in contact with us as it could be vital for our investigation.

– Sergeant Scott Lynch, Kent Police


Police find body in the water in Rochester, officers say family of missing Nigel Knights informed

Nigel Knights was last seen earlier this month

The body of a man has been discovered in the water near Strood Pier in Rochester.

Kent Police said that no formal identification has yet taken place, but the family of Nigel Knights, who went missing on Monday 9th May, have been informed. His relatives held a candlelit vigil earlier this week and set up a Facebook page after he went missing. Celebrities including One Direction's Louis Tomlinson appealed for help to find him.


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WATCH: Ram raiders caught on camera as they smash through store front

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.

Efit released after sexual assault on common

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a sexual assault in Rochester Credit: Kent Police

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."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable David Preston
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More teachers needed to improve standards

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.

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