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Prison for man who fractured girl's eye socket

Darren Selwood has been jailed for three years Credit: Kent Police

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.'

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Cause of fire being investigated

Fire crews continued to damp down remaining hot spots overnight at a derelict building where a fire broke out yesterday evening. By 6:30 this morning only one fire engine remained at the scene. The building has been completely destroyed.

Those living nearby who had to evacuate their homes have now been allowed to return to their properties. An investigation is underway into the cause.

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Reports of man acting suspiciously

Police in Tunbridge Wells are liaising with schools following reports of a man acting suspiciously in the borough.

Two reports have been made this week of a man approaching a young girl and trying to engage her in conversation.

In both cases the girls involved asked the man to leave them alone, which he did.

Detectives have been carrying out enquiries and are investigating links between the incidents. Officers have been on patrol in areas where schools are based to deter any additional incidents.

In each case the girls did exactly the right thing; they told the man to leave them alone and reported it to their parents who in turn called us. No one has been harmed in any way but we are highlighting these incidents to make sure that parents speak to their children around the importance of not talking to strangers, and reporting any suspicious behaviour. We are working to identify the man involved so we can speak to him and will keep parents updated."

– Borough Commander Chief Inspector Dave Pate

TRAVEL - TRAINS: Southeastern - lines reopen after train fault - Wadhurst & Tunbridge Wells

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Following a train fault between Wadhurst and Tunbridge Wells all lines have now reopened. (1/3)

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Train services running through these stations are returning to normal but some services may still be cancelled, delayed or revised. (2/3)

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There is a replacement bus service between Tunbridge Wells and Wadhurst in both directions. (3/3)

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