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Failing Sittingbourne GP to retire

A long serving GP is to retire from practicing after his Sittingbourne surgery was found to not meet any of the eleven standards put in place by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Dr Bijan Saha will leave the Lakeside Medical Centre at the end of this month after the report found patients were put at “unacceptable risk”. The damning CQC report followed an unannounced inspection in March.

Man admits murdering former boss in tackle shop

The tackle shop near Sittingbourne Credit: ITV News Meridian

A man has admitted murdering his former boss in a tackle shop near Sittingbourne.

Simon Olsen, 54, of no fixed abode, shot dead fisheries owner Steven Langley, 57, inside his own shop in Tonge on 29 November.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of murder at Maidstone Crown Court on 25 April.

Olsen will be sentenced on 12 May.


Cyclist hospitalised after Kent crash

A cyclist in his 50s was taken by air ambulance to hospital after colliding with a car in Sittingbourne.

The crash happened on Tuesday 22nd April at 5.25pm on The Street in Wormshill in Sittingbourne between a bike and a Mercedes B-Class car.

The cyclist in his 50s was taken to William Harvey Hospital by air ambulance with suspected leg injuries and has now been transferred to a London hospital for further treatment.

I would encourage witnesses who have not yet spoken to police to contact us. I am also keen to speak to the driver of a silver car, possibly a BMW, that was in the area at the time of the collision and might have information that could help police with their enquiries."

– PC Celia Weller at Kent Police

Man jailed for robbing elderly woman

A man has been jailed for four years for robbing a 76-year-old woman.

Steven Murray, aged 19, of Diligent Drive, Sittingbourne, was charged with robbery following an incident in Sittingbourne on 15 February.

Steven Murray was jailed for four years for robbery Credit: Kent Police

Murray asked a 76-year-old woman, known to him, for £20 and she was reluctant to give it to him but he said it was his birthday soon and it could be an early present. The woman handed the money over and Murray left.

A short time later, Murray returned and again asked for £20. She explained she had already given him the money, which he denied, and to avoid any issues she handed over a further £20.

Later the same day, Murray approached the woman, who was wearing the handbag with the strap across her body, and he grabbed hold of the strap. The woman was reluctant to let go of the bag as it contained £80 cash to pay the rent.

She described the incident as a `tug of war' before the strap gave way allowing Murray to take hold of the handbag and steal £80 from her purse.

Murray was arrested the next day and admitted pulling the handbag's strap and prising the woman's fingers from the bag. He said the money was going to pay a portion of a drugs debt that he owed.

Teen ordered to pay £1500 to victim after assault

A teenager from Sittingbourne has been ordered to pay £1500 in compensation to his victim after he attacked him and fractured his spine.

It comes after the 17-year-old assaulted a 19-year-old man in June 2013, leaving him with a fractured eye socket and injuries to his spine.

The victim had to go through months of treatment and had to wear a neck brace.

As well as the fine, the teenager, who can't be named for legal reasons, will have to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and was issued with a 120-day custodial sentence.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Phil Pead said, "The victim suffered very serious injuries; he was punched just once by this thoughtless attacker, but it could have been so much worse. At one stage, it was feared the victim might become paralysed due to his spine injury."

Cheryl and Len take on new roles at hospice

TV judge Len Goodman becomes vice president at Demelza Credit: Demelza House

Singer Cheryl Baker and Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman have become Vice Presidents of Demelza hospice in Sittingbourne.

Cheryl Baker has supported Demelza for more than 15 years. She opened the first charity shop in Sittingbourne in 1998 and last year ran the London Marathon for the charity.

She said: “I’m honoured to be asked to be a Vice President of Demelza. It’s a charity close to my heart and one which I’ve supported since my family moved to Kent in 1996.

"The care they provide for families in need is phenomenal and I’m privileged to be able to do my bit by helping to raise awareness of this vital local cause."

Len Goodman has made several visits to Demelza in Sittingbourne and is always a popular visitor.

Cheryl Baker ran the London Marathon for Demelza Credit: Demelza


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Journey back in time to the 1940s

It was a time of community spirit, of evenings by the wireless, and of making do in incredbly tough times. Now the war-time era of the 1940s has been recreated at a costume shop in the south east, and will soon open to the public as a living museum.

David Johns has been to look round, speaking to re-enactors Debbie White and Judy Knight.

Sinkhole forces closure of M2

The M2 is closed has been both directions between Sittingbourne and Faversham to allow emergency roadworks to a section of carriageway.

It's understood that a sinkhole up to 15 metres deep has opened up on a central reservation.

Traffic is being diverted via the M249 and A20. It's expected that the closure could last for 24 hours

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.

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