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Prolific paedophile guilty of series of offences

He was a prolific paedophile who used the internet to groom young girls - and, he got away with it for more than a decade.

Tonight, the full extent of the crimes carried out by delivery driver Darren Jeffries were revealed - following two Crown Court trials.

There were eighty offences in all carried out over a period of 13 years.

Children in Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Kent were targeted. Victims kept silent - and it wasn't until January 2013 - when a mother became suspicious of a man her daughter met in a chatroom - that police were called.

Even then, they were unaware just how many children and young people had been abused. Here's Mel Bloor.


Kent delivery driver guilty of 80-plus sexual offences

Darren Jeffries was found guilty of a series of sexual offences Credit: Surrey Police

A delivery driver from Kent has been found guilty of more than 80 sexual offences that took place over 13 years. Darren Jeffries, who is 48 and from Sittingbourne, was found guilty of charges including the rape and abduction of victims between the ages of two and 17.

He will be sentenced next month.

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Savings and loans offered by Kent church

Where do you turn when you want a loan? A bank? A building society? A friend? How about your local church! Well this morning, Kent's first "community bank" to be held in a church opened its doors for savers and borrowers.

Last year the Archbishop of Canterbury promised to do more to help people affected by debt, and to provide alternatives to high-interest "pay day loans". But are financial services really what the church should be involved in?

David Johns reports, speaking to the Rt Rev Trevor Wilmott, Bishop of Dover; parish priest Rev Lesley Jones; financial expert Justin Urquhart Stewart; and headteacher Patricia Hatt.

Gales being blamed for collapse of wall

Video. Gale force winds which swept the South East yesterday are being blamed for the collapse of a wall which sparked a full-scale emergency operation in Kent.

Salvage operations have been continuing today at the derelict Bell Shopping Centre on Sittingbourne High Street and structural engineers have been examining the scene.

Nashreen Issa reports and spoke to Paul Ramsden from Kent Fire and Rescue Service.


Two jailed for sexual assault in Sittingbourne

Maksim Volkon, 32 and from Kemsley, was sentenced to 3.5 years in jail Credit: Kent Police

Two men who sexually assaulted a 36 year old woman in a Sittingbourne street have been jailed for 7 years.

In the early hours of Sunday 14th July, a witness reported that he saw two men engaging in sexual activity with a woman on a ramp in Dover Street.

When he called out to ask if the victim was okay, the two men told him it was one of their girlfriends and for him to go away. The man again shouted to the woman but got no response from her.

They were both arrested and charged the following day.

Volkon, 32, and Alehnovics, 26, pleaded guilty to causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and were each sentenced to 3.5 years imprisonment when they appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 13th December.

Vitaljis Alehnovics, 26 and from Sittingbourne , was also sentenced to 3.5 years in prison Credit: Kent Police

Ex fireman's funeral held today in Sittingbourne

The funeral of Steven Langley has been held this afternoon.

The 56-year-old business man who ran Bax farm fisheries in the village of Tonge near Sittingbourne, died from a gunshot wound to the stomach last month.

A 54-year-old man has been charged with his murder.

Mr Langley worked at Kent Fire and Rescue Service from 1975-1996.

Steve Langley died on 29th November this year Credit: Kent Police
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