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Man jailed for attempted rape after his victim tracked him down on Facebook

James Huggett was tracked down on Facebook Credit: Kent Police

A man who attempted to rape a young woman as she walked home from a nightclub has been jailed for seven years - after his victim tracked him down on Facebook.

James Huggett, 22, of Woodland Drive, Minster, on the Isle of Sheppey, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court for the attack on 21-year-old Chanel Purchase last year.

She was able to bring him to justice by turning detective on social media.

She has waived her right to anonymity to warn others of the risks women face.

Chanel Purchase has waived her right to anonymity Credit: ITV News


MoJ statement on inmate death at Elmley Prison

"A HMP Elmley prisoner was found unresponsive in his cell at about 5.20pm on Tuesday 2 December. Paramedics attended but he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. As with all deaths in custody, the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation. Reducing the number of self-inflicted deaths in prisons is a top priority. As is the case in society at large, there is no simple explanation with complex and individual reasons behind any suicide. Published figures show that the number of self inflicted deaths over the last quarter has reduced but every death is a tragedy for the individual and their families and we will continue to work tirelessly to prevent suicides in our prisons."

– A MoJ spokesperson

Sheppey man charged with sex offence

A Sheppey man has been charged with a sexual offence.

Darren James Holmes, of Windmill Rise, Minster, is charged with inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity in Sittingbourne between 1 January and 31 January of this year.

He appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court on 14 May and was remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on 30 May.


Calls for urgent safety measures after pile-up

There's mounting pressure for urgent safety measures on the Sheppey bridge in Kent, the scene of a terrifying 100-car pile-up in thick fog. Thirty casualties remain in hospital, eight in a serious condition.

The AA says a small investment in motorway-style matrix boards could have averted the disaster. Damage to vehicles will run into thousands of pounds. Compensation claims for injuries are expected to run into millions of pounds. Fred and Sangeeta linked to Derek Johnson.

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