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43,000 sign petition to paint postbox gold for Yarnold

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:

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."

– Judith Yarnold, Lizzy Yarnold's mother

Police trace potential witness after armed robbery

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.

– Detective Constable Don Share from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

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 seek witnesses after armed robbery

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.

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Fears of flooding on River Darent

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.

Fuel thieves drive into petrol station manager

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.

Man seriously injured after fuel theft

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Police are at the scene at West Kingsdown Credit: Knighton Electrical

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.

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Forensic teams at the petrol station in Sevenoaks Credit: Knighton electrical
police scene at fuel theft
Police cordon off the petrol station where the theft took place Credit: Knighton electrical
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