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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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Say it with flowers? Shop sends spring onions instead

Suzanne Bradish got a bunch of spring onions instead of flowers Credit: Suzanne Bradish

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.

The letter explaining the substitution of onions for flowers

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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Rochester Castle under siege

It's one of England's most historic moments - the siege of Rochester Castle in Kent. Rebels occupied the site in 1215 in a bid to overthrow King John. Now, 800 years later the event has been marked with a re-enactment of the famous battle. Tom Savvides has been talking to Carl Madjitey from Medway Council and re-enactor Sean Beech.

Terrorism arrest made in Rochester

Police have arrested 23-year-old man in Rochester on suspicion of supporting a proscribed organisation, according to the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.

He is currently being questioned at a police station in the Kent area following what officers describe as a "pre-planned" operation. They say it is not linked to any immediate threat in the UK.

The suspect is being held by anti-terrorism officers under section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in Rochester.

I would like to reassure the community that this investigation should have very little impact on local residents.

The arrest was pre-planned and was not made in response to any immediate threat to public safety.

Our officers will continue to maintain a presence in the area, offering reassurance to the local community.

– Detective Chief Inspector Keith Roberts, Kent Police
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