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Dangerous stunt - man spotted hanging off the back of a fire engine

Man spotted clinging on to a moving fire engine Credit: Tony Scott

A man has been photographed clinging onto the back of a fire engine as it was driven through Sittingbourne in Kent just before 11 o'clock last night.

An eyewitness said the man, who appeared to be in his twenties, had jumped on near the High Street - and then back off as the vehicle approached the town's main fire station. The dangerous stunt, which could have caused an accident, was carried out in the dark, in moving traffic.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that the incident had happened while a crew was returning from a call out in the town centre. A spokesperson said the firefighters on the engine were unaware of the man's presence until they approached the fire station and he ran off.

Investigation underway after man stabbed

An investigation is underway after a man was stabbed in Sittingbourne.

Police were called at 7.23pm this evening to a report of a disturbance in Woodberry Drive. A man in his 30s suffered an injury consistent with a stab wound to his lower back and was airlifted to a London hospital.

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the circumstances behind the incident.

There have been no arrests.

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Two police officers injured in M2 crash

The police car is loaded on to a recovery truck this afternoon Credit: ITV

Two policeman have been injured in a serious road accident on the M2 in Kent this afternoon.

The motorway has been closed after the police car was involved in a crash with a lorry near Sittingbourne, between junctions 5 and 6 coastbound.

Queues approaching the closure have been more than four miles long.

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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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