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Friends, family and former colleagues of Detective Sergeant Ben Turner pay tribute to him Credit: Kent Police

A charity football tournament has been held to mark the memory of a Kent Police officer who died last year.

Friends, family and former colleagues of Detective Sergeant Ben Turner came together on the anniversary of his death, to compete for a trophy which has been named in his honour.

Ben Turner died while off duty last year Credit: Kent Police

The Ben Turner Cup competition was held at Tonbridge School on Saturday 15 February, exactly a year to the day after the 37 year-old died.

Ben, who was married and a father to three children, had served with Kent Police for 13 years and worked within the reactive investigation team in Tonbridge.

He was off duty when he died and an inquest into his death recorded an open verdict.

One of Ben’s closest friends, Detective Sergeant Simon Barnes said any money raised would go to St Christopher’s Hospice in London; a charity ‘close to Ben’s heart’.

Sgt Barnes said: ‘Ben is still hugely missed by us all but it was a great day to remember all the fun times that we spent with him, as well as raise money for a very worthy cause.’

Danny Turner, Ben’s brother said his family had been touched that so many people had come together to celebrate his life one year on.

Christmas dinner cancelled for more than 100 customers at Kent pub

The Wetherspoon's pub in Tonbridge, Kent, had to make alternative arrangements for customers who were due to tuck in to the £8.49 traditional lunch.

Staff spent the morning dealing with the flooding as well as the contingency plans, which involved phoning everyone who had made a booking.

James Harris, manager of The Humphrey Bean, said: "We've got six feet of water in our basement and no electricity. We've had to move people to other pubs.

They were sent to other branches of the pub chain in Tunbridge Wells, just over four miles away, and in Sevenoaks, more than six miles away.

One customer took to Facebook to express his dismay, but praised staff for their help.

Oh dear.... no Christmas dinner today as we had booked into Wetherspoons for Christmas dinner and they are flooded.

"Big up to the staff there who have called us to explain... all we say to them is nobody's fault...have a great Christmas all."

– Clive Gray, who didn't get his Christmas dinner

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Company fined after instructor is permanently disabled

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The platform at the adventure centre Credit: Cabinet Office

A Southampton company has been prosecuted after an outdoors activity instructor was left permanently disabled.

Joshua Senior, 25, plunged nine metres to the ground at the Rock (UK) adventure centre in Carroty Wood, near Tonbridge, Kent, on August 25 2010.

Instead of allowing Mr Senior to descend in a measured way, the rope supplied by Pfeifer Rope & Tackle Ltd simply unravelled as he stepped off a platform for a practice descent.

Mr Senior, an experienced instructor from Tunbridge Wells, suffered a broken back and was paralysed from the waist down for some six months. He slowly regained some use of his lower limbs over the following year with the help of Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

As he was regaining movement, it became clear his ankle had been crushed and his right foot had to be amputated. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and today prosecuted the company for serious safety breaches at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

Pfiefer Rope & Tackle Ltd., of Marchwood Industrial Park, was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £6,348 in costs after admitting breaching the Health & Safety at Work Act.

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Kent man injured after tree hits car

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Aftermath of cars after they are cut free from fallen tree Credit: ITV Meridian

A man from Kent has been seriously injured after a tree fell onto his car yesterday evening.

The victim was hurt after a tree crushed the cars in the New Wharf Road, Tonbridge.

Fire crews, paramedics and an air ambulance crew were called to the area to remove the man from the vehicle.

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The two cars are in a bad state after tree falls on them last night Credit: ITV Meridian
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