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Council admits it was wrong to hound widower over dead wife's £8.62 debt

Mr Sagoo was hounded for £8.62 Credit: ITV

Sevenoaks Council has admitted it was wrong to contact a widower to request a debt from his dead wife. It sent numerous demands for £8.62 despite the fact Shamsher Sagoo's wife had died last June from cancer. In the end Mr Sagoo, from Edenbridge, said he was forced to take his wife's ashes to the town hall to prove she was dead.

"We are extremely sorry we have caused distress to Mr Sagoo and accept we have made a mistake. We have spoken with Mr Sagoo and expressed our deepest apologies and we are no longer requesting this money. Letters should not have been sent to the late Mrs Sagoo and as a result of this incident we are reviewing our procedures to ensure it cannot happen again.”

– Sevenoaks Council


Two Akita dogs stolen from house

These two Akita dogs have been stolen from a house in Sevenoaks Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police is appealing for information after two Akita dogs were reported stolen from a house in Horton Kirby, Sevenoaks.

The incident occurred between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 1 August 2015.

It was reported that the owner of the dogs locked them away in a room at her house in Carleton Place before going out for a couple of hours. When she returned the door to the room had been opened and the dogs had gone.

Anyone with information is asked to call the appeal line on 01622 604100 quoting reference YY/15239/15 or email Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Gang jailed for burgling more than 100 homes

Four members of a burglary gang in Kent have been jailed after more than a hundred homes were targeted.

The men were arrested after a victim caught them at her home in Sevenoaks.

Joseph Mahon, 20, from Cambridge, and Teresa Connors, 21, from Essex, were part of the group which made the robberies between March and September 2014, stealing nearly £1 million worth of cars and property.

Jailed: (from top left) Butler, Wall, Shillingford and Mahon

Mahon and Connors, who are also believed to have burgled two other homes the same day in White Hart Wood and Garth Road, pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary. Mahon was jailed for three years and four months, and Connors for eight months.

The other members of the gang were Connors’ boyfriend Luke Wall, 24, from Essex; Kyle Shillingford, 27, of no fixed address; and Robert Butler, 31, from Essex.

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Young children call 999 to help injured mum

A young brother and sister have been praised by paramedics for dialing 999 when their mother injured her head. James Dean, who's 7, and his 6-year-old sister Annabelle raised the alarm when mum Stephanie fell off a chair in her garden in Kent. The swift actions of the two youngsters meant an ambulance was dispatched to take their mother to hospital. Tom Savvides has this report.

Man jailed for sexually assaulting woman while she slept

A man has been jailed for breaking into a woman's home and sexually assaulting her as she slept.

Samuel Miller's victim ran out of the house screaming when she woke to find him in her home.

Miller, 30, of St John’s Road, Sevenoaks had been out walking alone in the town in the early hours of 26th July 2014.

The victim had been sleeping on her sofa when she woke to find Miller sexually assaulting her.

She told him to leave but he came back again by forcing a window. The victim then ran out into the street, screaming for help.

Miller was sentenced to five years in prison at Maidstone Crown Court.

‘The court has seen through Miller’s lies and recognised that the victim was entirely blameless for his despicable behaviour. 'I hope that the sentence passed will now provide some comfort and reassurance to the victim, that he no longer poses a danger.’

– Detective Constable Raj Dusanjh, Kent Police


Appeal following fatal crash

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses to come forward following a fatal road traffic collision near Sevenoaks.

Officers were called at 2.42am this morning to reports of a single vehicle collision involving a black Vauxhall Zafira on the northbound carriageway of the A21 between Sevenoaks and Swanley.

The driver, a 43-year-old man from Essex, was pronounced dead at the scene and the road is closed as a result.

Traffic is advised to find alternative routes whilst officers from Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit carry out their enquiries.

Anyone with information about the collision or who may have seen the black Vauxhall Zafira in the moments beforehand is urged to contact the SCIU appeal line on 01622 798538.

Sevenoaks man convicted of child sexual abuse

A man from Sevenoaks has been jailed for four years for sexually abusing a teenage boy.

Paul Judges, who's 49 and lived in Caxton Close in Hartley in Kent, took indecent photographs of his victim. Police then found these images on his computer, along with photographs of other children.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Donna Read said: "I hope this sentencing brings some closure to those affected by his crimes, who have shown tremendous courage in coming forward and supporting this prosecution."

Paul Judges, convicted of sexually abusing a child Credit: Kent Police

Plans for A21 dual carriageway to go on show

Road users, business owners and local residents are being invited to find out more about a multi-million pound upgrade for the A21 in Kent.

A 2.5 mile section of A21 is to be widened

Under Highways Agency plans, a 2.5 mile section of the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury will be upgraded from single to dual carriageway, adding a lane in each direction.

A public exhibition is being held where members of the project team will be available to explain what's happening and answer questions about the scheme.

Upgrading this missing link in the A21 will bring real benefits for drivers and will be a big boost for the economy too. It's a major undertaking, so I'd encourage anyone with an interest in the project to come along and find out more about why it's needed, how we'll be carrying it out and the care we'll be taking to protect and enhance the environment around the A21.

– Highways Agency Project Manager Anne Marie-Palme

The exhibition will be held at the Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel in Pembury today between 2pm and 8pm and tomorrow between 10am and 4pm.

Advanced work on the project has already begun, with main construction expected to start next spring.

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