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Man charged with assaulting police officers

A 29-year-old man from Tunbridge Wells in Kent will appear before magistrates in Sevenoaks on Monday charged with assaulting two police officers.

John Leigh of Salomons Road is charged with causing actual bodily harm. He is also charged with assaulting a man who was walking in Monson Road.

One of the officers remains in hospital and the other has been discharged.

Kent police officers injured during arrest

Two police officers have been injured as they tried to make an arrest in the centre of Tunbridge Wells. Kent Police said they were being treated in hospital, but did not disclose their injuries or condition.

It is believed they were injured after being called to Monson Road, in the town centre. A driver is understood to have threatened a pedestrian.

A 29-year-old man was arrested in connection with an assault. No weapons were believed to have been used.

Kent homeless woman handed ASBO

Alethea Edmondson was handed the order by Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court Credit: Kent Police

A 37-year-old woman is the latest recipient of an ASBO in Kent after causing nuisance noise.

Alethea Edmondson, formerly of Ruthsall, was found to have acted in an anti-social manner which have caused harassment, alarm or distress to other people.

For several years, Edmondson's neighbours complained about her loud arguments, loud music and verbal abuse.

Under the order, she is prohibited from:

  • shouting or making noise at a level which can be heard outside her address which causes harassment, alarm or distress;
  • contacting any Kent Police employee- being drunk or consuming alcohol in a public place within Tunbridge Wells- being in possession of an open vessel of alcohol in a public place in Tunbridge Wells

The order is due to expire on 11th September 2016 and anyone who believes a breach may have occurred is encouraged to contact Kent Police on 101.


Jackie swims from Russia to America

Video. Three years ago Jackie Cobbell swam the English Channel despite being repeatedly knocked off course by powerful currents. It took her 28 hours - the slowest crossing ever.

Well, tonight she's back in the record books after joining an international cold-water swimming team to cross the Bering Strait from Russia to America. John Ryall has been to meet her.

Kent woman given two royal awards

A 67-year-old woman from Tunbridge Wells has been awarded two royal honours.

Polly Taylor was given the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours as well as the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - the highest honour for a charity.

Nine years ago Polly started Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre in Tunbridge Wells which offers support for families affected by cancer and is entirely funded by donations.

They have so far raised more than one million pounds.

Polly herself was diagnosed with breast cancer twice but overcame the conditions both times.

Her husband Mike, 64-year-old, was then diagnosed with lung cancer and died in April.

Polly will receive her awards at Penhurst Place on September 16th from Lord Lieutenant Viscount De L'lisle.

Kent police recover stolen cash machines

A man has been arrested by Kent police after the theft of two cash machines from Tunbridge Wells.

The cash machines were stolen from the Tesco supermarket in Pembury, and police were called at 3am on August 8.

A stolen JCB was located and two ATM machines and their contents were found to be missing.

Officers searched the West Kent area and have recovered three additional vehicles.

The machines were recovered near Marden at 5.30pm on August 8.

A 28-year-old man from Maidstone has been arrested on suspicion of theft and bailed to 19 September while police enquiries continue.

Anyone with information should contact Kent Police or Crimestoppers.

Centres for closure named

Kent County Council have proposed the closure of 20 children's centres in order to reduce costs.

The council has said that the planned centre closures require less support, deliver limited services or are near existing children's centres.

  • Apple Tree, Little Bees, Briary, Tina Rintoul and Swalecliffe in Canterbury
  • Daisy Chains and Little Painters in Gravesham
  • Folkestone Early Years, The Village and New Romney in Shepway
  • Pembury in Tunbridge Wells
  • Squirrel Lodge and Cherry Blossom in Ashford
  • Loose and Marden in Maidstone
  • Hadlow/East Pekham and Larkfield in Tonbridge and Malling
  • The Buttercup, The Daisy and Primrose in Dover
  • Merry-Go Round and Dunton Green in Sevenoaks
  • St Mary's and Woodgrove in Swale
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