Police are hunting a three-man gang who raided a jewellers in Kent, terrifying staff and shoppers. The robbers, armed with sledgehammers, escaped on motorbikes after smashing their way into the store in Tunbridge Wells and grabbing high-value stock. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to eyewitnesses Steve Bovis and Georgina Taylor-Colville.
A mother of a three-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis is trying to raise thousands of pounds for equipment which will help her daughter to breathe easier. A vibrating vest will help clear her airways and improve her quality of life. Tom Savvides talks to Becky Mann, the mother of Isabella Henderson, and to Jeremy Marris from the charity Tree of Hope in Tunbridge Wells.
More than 50 parents and children waving banners and placards have protested on the green in Benenden about the need for a new village school.
Benenden Primary has planning permission for an entirely new school to replace its crumbling buildings – but no funding.
The school is currently split across two sites - one dating back to the 17th century - and children have to cross the busy main road through the village to walk between them. It currently has no school hall or dining hall, and no kitchen.
The Department for Education is in the process of considering which schools will be awarded funding for new buildings.
Detectives investigating a serious assault in which a man was attacked in his own home have renewed an appeal for witnesses.
Robert Reynolds, 60, suffered multiple fractures to his skull following a sustained assault in Dorking Road, Tunbridge Wells on Monday, May 26.
The alarm was raised by a friend who found Mr Reynolds lying on the floor and groaning in pain.
Two months on from the incident the victim has now left hospital and is recovering from his injuries. However, his mobile phone has a distinctive JCB yellow cover, and his wallet are still missing.
Detective Dave Bull, of Kent Police, said: ‘This was a vicious and sustained attack which has left the victim suffering shocking injuries. It appears that entry to the property was not forced and we are still actively pursuing a number of enquiries as to establish the motive for this attack, including that Mr Reynolds may have known the offender.’
Anyone with information should contact Kent Police on to 01732 379203, quoting reference YY/10419/14. Alternatively, call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Three males have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs after Kent police officers searched an address in Tunbridge Wells.
Officers found cash and quantities of substances believed to be heroin at a property in Rowan Tree Road on 9 October. Two men, aged 19 and 20, and a 16 year-old-boy were arrested.
All of the suspects are from the Tunbridge Wells area and have been bailed, pending further enquiries until 11 December.
A man arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs in Tunbridge Wells is set to appear in court next month.
Christopher Nkongo was arrested in Tunnel Road shortly after 4pm yesterday.
Nkongo, 20, from London was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine. He has been bailed to appear at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on 3 November.
A man has allegedly entered a shop in Tunbridge Wells and threatened a shopkeeper with a small pen knife, demanding money from the till.
Detectives say the shopkeeper challenged the offender, who turned and ran out of the shop empty-handed and is believed to have headed in the direction of High Brooms rail station.
Police are appealing for information about the attempted robbery, which happened just before 6pm on Saturday in Camden Road.
The suspect is described as being a white man, aged between 22-28 years-old. He was wearing a black hoodie, tight blue jeans and white trainers.
Detectives investigating a serious assault in Tunbridge Wells are renewing an appeal for witnesses by releasing images of the victim’s injuries.
Robert Reynolds suffered multiple fractures to his skull following a sustained attack in his own home, in Dorking Road on Monday 26 May. The alarm was raised by a friend who had visited the property between 5pm and 5.30pm and who found the victim lying on the floor and groaning in pain.
Before the attack Mr Reynolds, 60, had been at home watching a game of football on television, but doesn't remember letting anyone into the property. Two months on from the incident the victim has now left hospital and is recovering from his injuries. However, his mobile phone - described as having a distinctive JCB yellow cover - and his wallet are still reported to be missing.
A man who fractured a girl's eye socket in an unprovoked attack has been imprisoned for three years. The 18-year-old victim from Tunbridge Wells was attacked in April whilst with her friends at The Wharf in Tonbridge. She was punched to the right side of her face and briefly lost consciousness.
Darren Selwood, 30, of Langley Way in Kings Hill, had been seen earlier in the evening by door staff arguing with another woman. He was identified and was later arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
At Maidstone Crown Court this week, Selwood was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to GBH. Det Con Graham Hunt from Kent Police said: 'This appears to have been a completely unprovoked assault by a man who stands at nearly six foot tall against a young lady of small stature.
'His actions left her with fractures to her eye socket and cheekbone so it is quite right that Selwood should serve a prison sentence for his actions.'