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Have you seen missing girls Chelsea or Taylor?

Chelsea Abbott, aged 9, seated, Taylor Redding, aged 10, standing Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police are appealing for help to find two girls who went missing from their home in Sittingbourne overnight.

Nine-year-old Chelsea Abbott and 10-year-old Taylor Redding were reported missing at 12.40pm today. They are believed to have left their house in Grove Avenue in the Kemsley area of Sittingbourne at about 5am while their parents were asleep.

Chelsea, who is sitting down in the photograph, may be wearing black boots with white fur on the top. Taylor, who is standing in the picture, may be wearing pale pink leggings, a grey T-shirt with a gold heart on the front, and a black jacket with pink on the arms and hood.

A search is underway in the local area, and officers are growing increasingly concerned for their welfare.

Anyone with information is urged to call Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 31-0508.

Assault vicim of mental health nurse says investigation is taking too long

One of the victims of a mental health nurse who sexually assaulted six women says an investigation into possible delays in suspending him from duty is taking too long.

Vijay Bundhen was convicted of 13 offences against women. An inquiry was launched after allegations that the Health Trust, which employed him, failed to take action after receiving complaints about his conduct.

Victims are still awaiting the results of the inquiry which were due to be made public last November. Sarah Saunders has our report:

Man appears in court charged with murder

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering an 85-year-old woman in Kent.

Stuart Lay, 44, is accused of killing Jean Robertson in Sittingbourne. He was held after officers were called to a property in Rectory Road in the town on Thursday. Post-mortem examination results have not yet been revealed.

Lay, of Homewood Avenue in Sittingbourne, was charged with murder.

A police spokesman said he appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court this morning and was remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday.

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Video: Kent fire crews bring in new oxygen masks for pets

Now, if you had a fire in your home, what would be the first thing you saved? Well, apart from your family, the most likely second choice would be a pet. Some of us would even risk out own lives to rescue them. But the prospect of recovery afterwards is often slim. So now, Kent Fire & Rescue Service have started using new oxygen masks for pets to improve their chances. Andrea Thomas explains. She spoke to Lynn Carberry from the not for profit organisation Smokey Paws and Dave Nolan from Kent Fire & Rescue Service.

Londonbound motorway reopened

Credit: Steve Salter

The M2's been reopened Londonbound after an accident near Junction Five, Sittingbourne. Long queues built up between 6 and 5, before the outside carriageway was cleared. A vehicle overturned; the driver suffered non life threatening injuries.

M2; overturned car Credit: Steve Salter
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