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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

Nine people injured in crash on M2 in Kent

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 on the M2 in Kent Credit: @James_Geer

Rescue crews say there were eight walking wounded and one woman was rescued from her vehicle.


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.

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