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Family's anger over theft of dead son's gold chain from police station storeroom

A couple from Kent are appealing for the return of a gold chain belonging to their dead son, which was stolen from a police station. Adam Baldock from Tunbridge Wells died in a horrific accident, while working as a tree surgeon. The chain he was wearing was kept as evidence for an inquest, but disappeared from a storeroom. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Adam's parents Chrissie and Phil.


Man charged with murder after body found at recycling centre in Kent

A man has been charged with murder following the discovery of a body at a recycling centre in Tunbridge Wells.

Police and ambulance crews were called to Cory Environmental Ltd in North Farm Lane at 6am on Monday morning following reports of a stabbing.

David Squelch, 48, of Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, has been remanded in custody to appear at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on 11 March.

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Vibrating vest could help young girl breathe

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.

Parents protest for new school in Benenden

Benenden school pupils protest over new building Credit: Benenden CEP

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.


Renewed appeal after man assaulted in own home

Douglas Reynolds suffered fractures to his skull Credit: Kent Police

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.

Drug arrests following search of address

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.

Shopkeeper threatened with knife in attempted robbery

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.

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