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."
Nine people have been injured in a crash involving three vehicles on the M2 in Kent. It happened between Junction 6 at Faversham and Junction 5 at Sittingbourne just after 7:30pm last night.
Rescue crews say there were eight walking wounded and one woman was rescued from her vehicle.
A fire engine and firefighters put out a fire in the High Street in Milton Regis yesterday.
A shed used for paint storage near Sittingbourne caught alight but firefighters tackled the flames with water jets and the fire was extinguished.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.