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Firefighters remain at major apartment block blaze

Two people have been taken to hospital after a fire at an apartment block in Snodland, Kent. The fire service were called to the scene at about 6.48am - more than one hundred firefighters were deployed along with fifteen fire engines and other equipment. Some residents say their properties have bee destroyed and they have been left with nothing.

The complex of 22 flats in Lambe Close at Holborough Lakes was evacuated, while Manley Boulevard was closed from the entrance to the estate to the junction with the neighbouring A228.

Kent Police and SECAmb ambulance service were also called to the scene. Firefighters remain at the scene. Kent Fire & Rescue Service say they are working with local authorities and Berkley Homes which is the managing agent for the properties, to help provide support and information to people who have been affected. Temporary accommodation is also being provided.

The emergency services believe that everyone has been accounted for. A rest centre is in place for residents. The British Red Cross has also sent a team and vehicle to help with the situation. It is not yet known what caused the fire. The two people taken to hospital, were given treatment as a precautionary measure.

(The video is from Matthew Smith.)

Blaze engulfs block of flats in Kent

Fifteen fire engines are currently tackling a major blaze at a three storey block of flats in Kent.

The cause of the fire in Pollyfield Close, Snodland near Maidstone is not yet known.

More updates to follow.


Can you help find Ricky Francomb, missing from Snodland?

Ricky was last seen Saturday morning Credit: Kent Police

Officers from Kent Police are appealing for information to help locate a 57-year-old man who has been reported missing from Snodland.

Ricky Francomb was reported missing at 10.26pm on Saturday 8 July and officers are conducting ongoing enquiries to find him.

He was last seen two days earlier and it is believed he may be using public transport to travel, possibly to Edinburgh. He is also known to visit Cornwall.

He is described as being around 5ft 10ins tall with a slim build and greying hair.

Narrow escape as heavy object thrown at gritting lorry from bridge

Credit: @GrittingKent

A driver was lucky not to have been injured after an object was thrown at his gritting lorry from a bridge in Snodland.

The windscreen of the vehicle was severely damaged in the incident, which happened at about 6.40pm on Saturday 21 January as it was being driven along the A228 Snodland bypass beneath Rocfort Road.

Credit: @GrittingKent

Officers attended and carried out a patrol of the local area but were unable to find anyone responsible.

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses.

Throwing objects at moving vehicles is incredibly dangerous and places people’s lives at risk.

‘Fortunately the driver of the gritting lorry was not injured but we would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has any other information.

– Detective Sergeant Dan Barker, Kent Police

Jail for burglar caught hiding behind wheelie bin

Jason Higgins was jailed for a number of burglaries Credit: Kent Police

A prolific thief who stole from cars and garages has been jailed for two years after he was caught hiding behind a wheelie bin.

Jason Higgins, 43, formerly of Ingram Close, Larkfield was caught after police found him hiding behind a bin following a burglary in Veles Road, Snodland, last year.

When officers searched his vehicle, they found more than 50 stolen items which linked him to other crimes, including an attempted burglary and a spate of thefts from motor vehicles.

Higgins denied the charges but was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court.

He was sentenced to a total of 24 months.

Detective Constable Raj Dusanjh said: "He has shown absolutely no remorse and has refused to take any responsibility for his crimes, but will now have time to reflect on his actions."


Race car used to encourage more children to become engineers

The McLaren Spyder arrives at Holmesdale Technology College Credit: ITV Meridian

*A bright yellow McLaren Spider arrived at Holmesdale Technology College in Snodland to encourage more young people to consider a career in engineering. *

The idea was for engineering students to learn about the job prospects with McLaren and provide them with some work experience.**

Tribute to father following fatal collision

Motorcyclist Jason Randall sustained fatal injuries in a crash in Snodland on Saturday.

Jason was a much loved husband and father of three and will be sorely missed by all of his family and friends. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the emergency services, air ambulance crew and special thanks to the lady who arrived on scene to help before the emergency services arrived. I would also like to thank friends and family for their continued support.

– Jason's wife
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