Vestas Factory Plan

End of Kent's Vestas dream

A wind turbine factory that had been planned for the Isle of Sheppey in Kent won't now go ahead

Thamesteel plant

New steel from Sheerness

The former Thamesteel plant on the Isle of Sheppey has been sold out of administration and will start producing steel again.

Steelworker at work

Steelworkers' struggle

Former Thamesteel employees will ask MPs for help at Westminster today after delays to their redundancy payments.

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Four charged with burglary offences in Kent

Four people have been charged with burglary offences following warrants in Sheerness.

Ricky Chambers, 24, of Alma Road, Sheerness and Levy Deeprose, 24, of Newnham Lane, Eastling, were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, along with a 17 year old boy and 16 year old boy, both from Sheerness, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The charge relates to an incident in Seager Road, Sheerness, on 2 August.

Chambers was also charged with assault and a racially aggravated public order offence.

In addition, the 16 year old boy was charged with two counts of burglary dwelling, relating to incidents in Vincent Gardens and St Helen's Road, Sheerness, both on 3 August.

The 16 year old was bailed to appear at court on 15 September. Chambers, Deeprose and the 17 year old boy were remanded in custody to appear before Medway Magistrates' Court today (9 August).

A 27 year old woman from Sheerness was bailed pending further enquiries until 21 August, while a 23 year old man from Sheerness was bailed pending further enquiries until 3 October.

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Prisoner admits intent to pervert the course of justice

A prisoner serving a fifteen year sentence for a brutal assault text his friend whilst in prison to try and get the victim assaulted again before the trial.

Lee Cekic, was on remand at HMP Elmley in Sheerness, awaiting trial for the grievous bodily harm with intent and false imprisonment of Margate man Joe Bath.

But whilst in prison, Cekic sent a number of text messages to a friend, Lewis Pettitt, trying to get Mr Bath assaulted again before the trial.

A search warrant at an Essex address discovered a phone belonging to Mr Pettitt where the text messages were uncovered. The mobile the texts were sent from was found in Cekic's cell.

Yesterday, Cekic was sentenced to three years in prison, to run concurrently to the 15 years he is already serving.

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New youth commissioner 'excited' by role

I’m really excited and I can’t wait to start. I’m really pleased that I have been offered this opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting out there to work with young people as soon as I can.

– Paris Brown, Kent Youth Commissioner

I’m delighted that Paris will be working alongside me to build a bridge between the world of young people and policing. This will be a hands on role and I’ll be relying on Paris to guide my Office on how we can deliver a better service for all young people in the county and tackle youth offending.

– Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner

Humpback whale found off Kent

The humpback whale was spotted off the Kent coast by a passing tug Credit: Andy Jacobs

A passing tug saw the mammal, a young female humpback measuring around 36ft (11 metres) long, off the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

Local navigation warnings were issued to vessels in the area to be aware of the floating carcass before it was towed to Sheerness Docks, Thames Coastguard said.

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