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Businessmen want to help track down violent burglars

A reward of twenty thousand pounds is being offered to help catch a gang of burglars responsible for a shocking attack on an elderly couple.

It's being put up by a group of businessmen who were appalled at the violence of the assault. The pensioners were tortured for two hours and had boiling water poured over them at their home near Sevenoaks. Tom Savvides reports.

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Reward of £20,000 after couple tortured in home

A reward of twenty-thousand-pounds is being offered to help catch a gang of burglars responsible for a shocking attack on an elderly couple. It's being - put up - by a group of businessmen after seeing our report on last night's programme. The pensioners were tortured for two hours and had boiling water poured over them at their home near Sevenoaks. Tom Savvides reports.

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Local businessmen 'appalled' at attack on couple put up £20,000 reward to find violent burglars

A couple were attacked by burglars in their own home in Halstead, Kent

A reward of £20,000 is being offered to anyone who can help catch the burglars responsible for a shocking attack on two pensioners in Kent in their own home.

The money is being put up by four local businessman who have been appalled at the crime. The man and woman who were targeted had boiling water poured on them over two hours of torture at their home in the village of Halstead near Sevenoaks. The couple are being treated for life-changing injuries in hospital. One of the businessmen who posted the reward - David Barker, told us that those responsible must be found.

Have you seen Byron? Missing boy could be in Kent

Byron Sutton was last seen on Wednesday Credit: Kent Police

A search is underway for a missing 15-year-old boy from Otford.

Byron Sutton, aged 15, who also also users the surname 'Terry', is believed to have been seen at the Bat and Ball railway station at 3.30pm on Wednesday 27th April.

Police say Byron is 5ft10ins, has a slim build and short brown hair.

He was last seen wearing grey jogging bottoms, a grey parker jacket with a large rip under the arm and black Nike Huarache trainers. It is believed that he may be in the Sevenoaks or Swanley areas.

Kent Police are asking anyone with information to telephone 101 quoting 26-1297.

Driver cleared of causing pensioner's death

Hannah Eady died from deep vein thrombosis four months after she was struck Credit: ITV Meridian

A driver has been cleared of causing the death of a 95 year-old woman after his car struck her.

Sean Hill had admitted careless driving and was banned from the road for two years.

But he was cleared of a charge that the accident in Sevenoaks led to the death of Hannah Eady, who died four months later of deep vein thrombosis. Mrs Eady's family has paid tribute to her.

ITV Meridian spoke to Hannah's son, Roy Eady.

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New grammar school "expensive and impractical" says new campaign group

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A newly formed campaign group against plans to build a new grammar school in Kent says the plans are 'expensive and impractical' and 'bound to fail.'

The Kent Education Network says the proposals which will see the Weald of Kent school in Tonbridge create a new annex in Sevenoaks will not solve the problem of pupils having to travel ten miles each day to school.

Weald of Kent refuses to provide parents and residents with details of how the complicated logistics will work, despite a Freedom of Information request asking for this information. But it is our considered view that the hidden complications of the plan will result in teaching staff being forced to take over an hour travelling between the two sites most days if courses are to be duplicated on both sites.

– Joanne Bartley, Kent Education Network

Landmark ruling in 'sexting' case

In a landmark ruling the vice principal of a private school in Kent has been sued for receiving indecent photos in text messages from a pupil.

Children's charities are tonight warning that 'sextexts' are becoming a worrying phenomenon in our schools. This is the first time damages have been awarded in such a case.

The victim, who was 16, said she saw the teacher who was 57 at the time as a 'father figure'. Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Anastasia de Waal, Chair of Family Lives, and lawyer David McClenaghan.

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