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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.

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.

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