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Motorist finds large bird of prey on his bonnet

Not what you expect in Tonbridge Credit: @TrevorB58

A car owner from Kent was surprised and a little unnerved to find this huge bird of prey on his bonnet.

@TrevorB58 managed to photograph the large bird, possibly a Harris Hawk, at Yardley Park Road in Kent this morning.

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He wonders if it's a native bird or possible escapee. Any help appreciated!

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CCTV footage released in ongoing arsons investigation

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Detectives investigating a number of suspected arson attacks in Kent have issued CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to.

A series of suspicious fires were reported to police in December. The attacks damaged properties and parked vehicles across the Tonbridge area, including at Crabapple Road, Cannons Lane, Redbud Road and Medway Wharf Road.

As part of an ongoing investigation into the incidents a police appeal was issued on 23 December for any information which could help identify potential suspects.

Officers have now released CCTV footage of a man they believe can also help with their enquiries.

The footage is connected to an incident which occurred in Ashby Point, Walters Farm Road, at around 10.20pm on 23 December, 2016:

Anyone with information can contact the west Kent appeals line on 01622 604100, quoting reference YY/028098/16.

Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

CCTV released after Tonbridge arsons

Detectives investigating a number of suspected arson attacks in the Tonbridge area have issued CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to.

A series of suspicious fires were reported to police in December, which caused damage to properties and parked vehicles in areas including Crabapple Road, Cannons Lane, Redbud Road and Medway Wharf Road.

Officers have now released CCTV images of a man they believe can also help with their enquiries.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a series of arsons in Tonbridge Credit: Kent Police

"We are continuing to appeal for any information which may assist our investigation into these incidents and I would like to thank anyone who has already been in touch.

"At this stage we are now really keen to speak to the man pictured in these CCTV images. If you recognise him please don’t hesitate to call us."

– Detective Constable Marc Symonds

Vicious attack in kebab shop leaves man injured

Officers have released an image of a man they want to trace following an attack in a take away shop.

Kent Police have issued this image of a man after a fight broke out in Kebab Express in Tonbridge.

Police want to trace this man Credit: Kent Police

A man in his 50s was punched and fell to the floor.

He was then repeatedly kicked his head was stamped on.

He was badly cut and bruised and has lost a tooth as a result.

Detectives are following up a number of lines of enquiry and would now like to speak to the man shown in the CCTV images.

Cyclist left with serious injuries after crash

A cyclist has been left with serious injuries after a crash in Tonbridge.

It happened between Whistler Road and Higham Lane in Tonbridge, involving a van and a cyclist and it's believed to have happened at approximately 10pm on Tuesday evening.

The van is reported to have left the scene before police arrived and the cyclist was taken to a local hospital with a fractured back and serious leg injury.

It is believed the vehicle involved has sustained damage to a wing mirror and indicator lens.

Officers are particularly keen to speak with anyone who has knowledge of this vehicle, possibly a white Ford Transit. It is believed to have headed away down Puttenden Lane, towards the Plaxtol area, following the incident.

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New grammar school "expensive and impractical" says new campaign group

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A newly formed campaign group against plans to build a new grammar school in Kent says the plans are 'expensive and impractical' and 'bound to fail.'

The Kent Education Network says the proposals which will see the Weald of Kent school in Tonbridge create a new annex in Sevenoaks will not solve the problem of pupils having to travel ten miles each day to school.

Weald of Kent refuses to provide parents and residents with details of how the complicated logistics will work, despite a Freedom of Information request asking for this information. But it is our considered view that the hidden complications of the plan will result in teaching staff being forced to take over an hour travelling between the two sites most days if courses are to be duplicated on both sites.

– Joanne Bartley, Kent Education Network

New free school opening delayed by 12 months

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The opening of a new free school in Tonbridge has been delayed by 12 months.

The Bishop Chavasse Primary will now not open until September 2017. It had been due to open this year.

Although further progress has been made on the purchase of the site for the school since November, we have unfortunately not yet been able to finalise it.

Because of the long period of time this process has taken, and particularly because of where we are now in the primary school admissions cycle, the Department for Education and the Trust have agreed to defer the opening of the new school to September 2017.

– Statement from the school's sponsors
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