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Tributes to Sir Donald Sinden

He was one of the most popular and well-loved actors of his generation. Sir Donald Sinden, who lived in Kent, has died at the age of 90. The Shakespearean actor had suffered from cancer for several years.

He was also well known for film, stage and TV roles. His son, Marc, said that although they knew the end was coming, Sir Donald's death was "a huge loss to his family" but that they appreciated the care given to him by the Pilgrims Hospice. David Johns looks back on the actor's life, speaking to neighbour Dave McKean and theatre manager Juliet Mander.


War veteran has medals stolen from his home on D-Day

A war veteran had a number of items, including war medals, taken from his home in Tenterden, on the day the world commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Robert and Anabel Atkins were asleep upstairs in their home, having spent the day watching the D-Day celebrations, when they were woken by a noise downstairs.

They found thieves had forced open a locked window in their living room.

Medals, which dated back to 1827 and belonged to Mr Atkins father and grandfather had been taken, along with £20,000 worth of Mrs Atkins jewellery.

More than 200 pieces of silver cutlery with the family crest on, as well as a Gurkha knife, which was presented to Mr Atkins when he was in the 6th Gurkha Regiment between 1950 and 1957, were also taken.

The couples daughter, Vicky Greenly said, "I just can't believe that there are such heartless people out there.

"It's not about the monetary value, these medals meant the absolute world to my father. Thankfully, the Military Cross presented to my father in the 50s was not taken."

Detective Sergeant David Cox from Kent Police said, "The people who committed this despicable crime are cowardly and clearly lack any respect for their community."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police on 01303 289293.

The family crest, which is on cutlery that was stolen Credit: Kent Police

Appeal for missing teenage boy

Kent Police is appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of a 15-year-old Tenterden boy. Tony Halpin was last seen near Sainsbury's in Ashford at around 5pm yesterday. It is believed he may now be in the Thanet area.

Tony was last seen wearing a black parka-style coat, black jeans, a black hoodie and trainers. He was carrying a dark coloured rucksack. He is described as having shaggy dark brown hair and being unshaven, of medium build and with brown eyes.

Anybody who has information should call Kent Police on 101, quoting incident reference 31-1721.


Colleague pays tribute to lawyer, killed Brazil

Gillian Metcalfe had been a partner at Sharratts since 1999 Credit: Sharratts

Richard Locke from Sharratts: "I am devastated to have to tell you of the death of my dear friend, Gillian Metcalf. Gill died yesterday in an accident whilst on holiday in Brazil. As you will imagine this news has hit us all very hard.

Gill was a marvellous lawyer, a generous friend and most of all a loving wife and devoted mother to her two girls. Gill would have insisted that, in these circumstances, the firm carried on seamlessly and regardlessly. We will, but please bear with us during this very tragic time.

I know, having so many friends in the sector, that there will be questions and kind condolences. Please do not hesitate to contact me, Nick or Sarah. We have all lost a very special person.

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