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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


Charity football match to buy pitch for disabled adults

A charity football match will take place in Sittingbourne today to raise money for the Canterbury-based John Graham Trust.

The centre is for adults with learning disabilities to give them the chance to experience outdoor life and healthy living through activities and life skills.

The football match is to raise funds to buy an all weather sports playing surface for the 150 adults with learning difficulties .

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Kent couple jailed after drugs found in freezer

A Kent couple have been jailed after police discovered nearly £50,000 worth of drugs stored in their fridge-freezer.

Daniel Fleming, 30, and Alyx Costa, 23, hid plastic tubs full of amphetamines inside the appliance in their flat.

Police who raided the flat valued the drugs at £47,000 but expect the figure could have risen to hundreds of thousands of pounds had they reached the streets. Also found were two bags of cannabis.

Fleming, formerly of White Hart Mews in Sittingbourne, admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply and has been jailed for three years and eight months.

Costa, formerly of the same address, pleaded guilty to one count of the same charge and will serve three years in prison.

Four charged after reported burglary incidents in Cuxton

Four people have been charged following reports of a burglary in Station Road and an attempted burglary in Rochester Road on September 29.

Kent Police arrested four suspects after searching the area:

A 16-year-old boy from Sittingbourne has been charged with burglary dwelling and attempted burglary dwelling with intent to steal.

A 17-year-old boy from Sittingbourne has been charged with burglary dwelling and attempted burglary dwelling with intent to steal.

Jonathon Tyron Earnshaw, 23, of has been charged with burglary dwelling, attempted burglary dwelling with intent to steal and shoplifting in High Street, Sittingbourne, on 22 September.

David Charles Brunger, 23, has been charged with burglary dwelling, attempted burglary dwelling with intent to steal and criminal damage to a police cell door window.

Does this war medal belong to you?

Kent Police are asking for the public’s help to reunite a war medal with its rightful owner in time for Remembrance Sunday.

The medal was recovered in Sittingbourne on Monday November 3 and officers suspect it may have been stolen.

An image of the medal has been placed on the ‘Is it yours’ section of the Kent Police website. Credit: KentPolice

Officers are making enquiries to find out who the war medal belongs to. It is likely the medal has a huge sentimental value to someone across Kent or the south east, and it would be nice to reunite them with it in time for Remembrance Sunday.

I would encourage all victims of burglary and theft to monitor ‘Is it yours’ to see if any of their property has been recovered. We regularly seize items that we believe are stolen and we carry out enquiries on our own databases to see if we can identify the true owner.

– PC Paul Blundell, Kent Police

If you think the war medal belongs to you or you know who the owner might be, you can contact PC Paul Blundell at Kent Police by calling 01795 419224.

Burglar who targeted Sittingbourne home jailed

Daniel Brunger has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison Credit: Kent Police

A burglar who broke into a woman's Sittingbourne home to steal her purse has been jailed.

Daniel Brunger, formerly of Woodberry Drive, Murston, was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Maidstone Crown Court on 11 September after pleading guilty to one count of burglary dwelling and theft.

The 27 year old also admitted one count of fraud after he was captured on CCTV trying to withdraw money using one of the cards in the purse. He was sentenced to nine months in prison for this offence, to run concurrently alongside the 18 month sentence.

His victim had woken at 5am on 7 June to find that someone had crept into her home in Murston Road, leaving muddy footprints throughout the living room.

She then realised her purse, which contained a number of bank cards, was missing from her handbag. When she contacted her bank to make them aware of the theft, they informed her that someone had tried and failed to withdraw £250 from a local shop.

Detectives from Kent Police's Swale burglary team attended and viewed CCTV at the shop, where they identified Brunger as the man attempting to withdraw the cash.

He was arrested the following day and interviewed in custody, where he at first denied the offence, saying he had witnessed the burglary taking place and tried to stop it.

However, a number of inconsistencies in his statement were pointed out by the interviewing officer and eventually Brunger conceded he had tried to withdraw the money to pay for drugs.

A 16 year old boy also charged in connection with this incident is due to appear at Medway Youth Court on 23 September.

"Brunger tried to paint himself as a Good Samaritan who witnessed this crime taking place and tried to intervene. However, he began getting tangled up in his own lies and eventually admitted that he had attempted to steal money from this victim's card in order to pay for some drugs. His selfish actions left his victim distressed and feeling unsafe in her own home. While I welcome the news he will be spending time behind bars, I would appeal to members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police. We have specially trained officers dedicated to tackling burglary and information from local communities can provide valuable leads."

– Investigating officer, DC Richard Allingham of Kent Police
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