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Police renew appeal for witnesses to crash which killed 17-year-old Jack

Officers investigating a fatal crash on the Medway City Estate are renewing their appeal for witnesses.

17-year-old Jack Mander from Strood, died at the scene on Anthony’s Way, Rochester, shortly after 9pm on Thursday 13th October 2016. He was riding his Yamaha 125 motorcycle when he was involved in a collision with a Volvo heavy goods vehicle.

ack Mander from Strood died at the scene of the crash on Anthony's Way Credit: Kent Police

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have travelled along Anthony’s Way after the incident, and who noticed that a collision had happened.

They have viewed CCTV footage and believe a second motorcyclist wearing a fluorescent jacket or tabard may be able to help with their enquiries. The motorcyclist travelled along Anthony’s Way in the direction of the entrance to the estate about a minute or two after the collision, and may be able to provide important evidence.

A 44-year-old man from Wiltshire who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving has been released on bail.

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Man jailed for trapping teenager in storeroom

A man who trapped a teenage girl in a storeroom has been jailed for more than four years.

Police said Gurpinder Singh Ghuman of Strood carried out a terrifying attack.

The 41-year old was convicted of false imprisonment with the intent of committing a sexual offence.

Gurpinder Singh Ghuman carried out a terrifying attack on a teenage girl Credit: Kent Police

"This was a terrifying attack on a young girl, who has shown great bravery throughout the proceedings.

"Ghuman tricked his innocent victim into a room where he grabbed her around the mouth and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim managed to fight him off and he ran away.

"We carried out extensive enquiries to identify Ghuman and I am pleased that he is now behind bars and away from the community."

– Police Constable Hollie Brown
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Standoff: Demolition teams prepare to tear down house

A developer who built a house without proper planning permission has been given an 11th hour reprieve when the council turned up to tear it down. Police and demolition teams arrived at the property in Strood this morning but after a tense stand-off with family members, the owner was given ten more days to appeal to the courts. If he losses, the property will be flattened. Sarah Saunders spoke to neighbours and Medway Council's Richard Hicks.

Leading role for Reckless in the Welsh elections

Mark Reckless to take leading role in Welsh Assembly Credit: ITV News Meridian

A former Rochester and Strood MP who defected from the Conservatives to UKIP is to take a leading role in the Welsh elections.

Mark Reckless will write UKIP's manifesto for next year's election in Wales. He says he'll now spend part of his time in Wales working with members. UKIP is on course to win a handful of seats in the Cardiff Assembly in the election next May.

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Can you help detectives with information on M25 collision?

Police are appealing for information following a serious road traffic collision on the M25 between junctions 4 and 5. The incident was reported to police at 12.53pm today.

A female motorcyclist has sustained serious injuries. Both the clockwise and anti-clockwise were closed to allow the air ambulance to land. The clockwise carriageway was reopened at 2pm. The anti-clockwise carriageway is currently down to one lane. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Police are also keen to remind people to stay in their vehicles if they are stuck in stationary traffic. This follows reports of people playing football in the carriageway and a report of two teenagers being stranded on the wrong side of the M25 after the clockwise carriageway was reopened. The pair had reportedly walked across the motorway whilst the road was closed, but then were unable to get back when the road was reopened. A patrol helped them return to their vehicle safely.

Can you help?

Witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Kent’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538

Woman jailed for stealing £250k from employer

A former finance officer has been jailed after a jury found her guilty of siphoning nearly £250,000 from a car mechanics in Strood.

Kerry Anne Stone had worked for company for 17 years

Kerry Anne Stone, 32, denied fraud by abuse of position while employed as purchase ledger assistant at Mr Clutch in Priory Road between 1 January 2009 and 19 July 2013.

Stone, of Chequers Court in Strood, was found guilty of stealing £222,799.71 from two accounts and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court to four years in prison.

Investigation Officers from Kent Police were contacted on 19 July 2013 after it was suspected Stone, who had been working for the company for 17 years, had made two fraudulent payments to herself of £1,770.72 from the company account.

After coming clean to a colleague, a meeting was called and Stone agreed to pay the full amount back, which she did by 17 July.

Upon further inspection, other transactions were looked at and it was established at least £10,569.99 had been taken.

At a disciplinary meeting on 25 July, she admitted stealing the money and had created dummy invoices and posted payment to her own account.

Stone admitted to stealing from the company for the past 18 months and was subsequently dismissed.

A full audit was later commissioned and it was found Stone had stolen money from two accounts totalling nearly £250,000.

Tories choose Kelly Tolhurst as by-election candidate

Kelly Tolhurst has been announced as the Tory candidate for the by-election in Rochester and Strood Credit: ITV Meridian

The Conservative candidate for the upcoming by-election in Rochester and Strood has been announced.

Medway councillor Kelly Tolhurst has been crowned the winner in the two-way vote with Anna Firth for nomination. She may face an uphill battle though, as a poll commissioned by UKIP today gave Nigel Farage's party a 13 point lead over the Conservatives.

The Conservatives are desperate to avoid another seat falling to Ukip in a by-election triggered by Tory defector Mark Reckless's decision to stand down and run as a Ukip candidate.

Following the announcement of the result, Ms Tolhurst said: "I'm honoured that thousands of local people have voted to select me as the Conservative candidate for the upcoming by-election. I will be a strong local voice, standing up for Rochester and Strood - my home."

The chairman of the Rochester and Strood Conservatives, Andrew Mackness, said: "Kelly will make a great MP for our great constituency, and I look forward to supporting her in the coming weeks to ensure a Conservative win and a bright future for this area."

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