Vandals have daubed gold paint on a postbox, after Lizzy Yarnold from West Kingsdown near Sevenoaks won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. More than forty thousand people had signed a petition to the Royal Mail in support of painting a postbox gold, but they rejected the plan.
Lizzy Yarnold's mum has backed calls to paint a postbox gold in Sevenoaks, Lizzy's hometown, to mark her daughters achievement and to help inspire Britain's future winners.
Around 43,000 people have signed a petition for the Royal Mail to paint the postbox for Yarnold, who won Britain's first gold medal at the Winter Olympics in women's skeleton.
Royal Mail painted postboxes in the hometowns of gold medalists during London 2012 Olympics, which they say was a "unique occasion" as the host nation.
Lizzy's mum, Judith, who is a teacher said:
– Judith Yarnold, Lizzy Yarnold's mother
It's about recognising the achievements of the Olympians who have put in so much effort to gain their achievements.They put in an amazing amount of work to get where they are and the public clearly want to recognise this by having gold postboxes."
– Detective Constable Don Share from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate
We are very keen to speak to this woman as we believe she could provide some key information in terms of identifying the vehicle and the offender. It is likely that she took note of some or all of the registration plate of the car and I would appeal for her to make contact with any information that she might have.
Officers are also keen to speak to any witnesses who may have seen the male with the silver vehicle in the Locks Yard area by the bus station earlier that morning prior to the raid.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Share on 01303 289353.
Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, quoting incident reference 07-0466.
Police are keen to trace a key potential witness as they investigate an armed robbery in Sevenoaks.
Shortly after 10:45am on 7th February, a man entered the Halifax bank in the high street and threatened them with a black handgun before making off with a sum of money.
Staff were left shaken and traumatised. The suspect is believed to have left the scene in a silver cabriolet car with a black roof, which was seen being driven erratically through Sevenoaks towards London Road.
Traffic is still queueing on the A21 Sevenoaks By-Pass northbound due to an earlier accident between A225 (Hildenborough/Sevenoaks turn off) and A25/M25 Spur (Sevenoaks), congestion to the A26 for Tonbridge.
The accident involved three vehicles which orginally closed the carriageway. Police have now left the scene. Foggy conditions have been reported in the area.
The Environment Agency is warning that an area from Westerham to Sevenoaks is at risk of flooding following heavy rain last night.
River levels in the River Darent are rising rapidly and property flooding is expected this morning.
Properties in Westerham, Brasted and Sundridge are considered most at risk.
The Environment Agency says it expects river levels to keep rising until early afternoon.
A petrol station manager is fighting for his life after trying to stop a car leaving his forecourt in Kent. He was carried on the bonnet for half a mile at speed, before being thrown to the ground.
He saw the car trying to leave his filling station in West Kingsdown near Sevenoaks without paying. His family told our reporter Jamie Stephens that he could so easily have been killed.
A service station worker has been seriously injured after being carried on the bonnet of a car - he had tried to stop a couple leaving a petrol station without paying. The man was carried for half a mile along the A20 near Sevenoaks in Kent.
A 58-year-old man was seriously injured yesterday afternoon near Sevenoaks after he tried to stop fuel thieves.
The man is in a critical condition after he was carried on the bonnet of a car about half a mile down the A20 at West Kingsdown.
It is believed the man was working at the Texaco garage and was trying to prevent the car from leaving after it was filled with fuel.