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40 firefighters tackling fire in Tunbridge Wells

Around 40 firefighters are tackling a fire at a derelict building on Park Road, Tunbridge Wells. Surrounding buildings and neighbouring properties have been evacuated as a precaution. There are no reports of any injuries.

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

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More curling in Kent as winter sport takes off at Sochi

A curling rink in Kent is reporting a rise in bookings, following the performance of TeamGB at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

Staff at Fenton's Rink in Tunbridge Wells say the site is the England's only dedicated curling rink.

Curlers take to the ice at Fenton's Rink in Tunbridge Wells Credit: Andrea Thomas

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Pearly Gates beckon for Pearly King

He was a pearly king from a long line of pearly kings, and today, Brian James Hemsley from Crowborough in Sussex was given a suitably glittering funeral. Fellow Kings and Queens from across London went to commemorate his life.

David Johns reports, speaking to Pearly King, Pat Jolly; David Hemsley, Brian's son; and Carole Jolly, a Pearly Queen.

Appeal over Kent attack

Police received a call from a member of the public who said they saw the man had been talking with another man, before second man head-butted the victim, caused the victim to fall to the floor.

Kent Police’s investigating officer DC Laura Keeble said:"‘A witness was initially spoken to by officers at the scene. He described seeing a skinny white male, around 5ft 10ins tall and wearing a blue puffer jacket with a grey hooded top underneath, and blue jeans."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact DC Keeble at Tonbridge Police Station on 01732 379146 quoting incident YY/22980/13. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Kent CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

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