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Armed robbery at high street jewellers

Two men have been arrested after an armed robbery at a jewellers in West Malling, Kent.

Kent Police were called at 1.30pm on Friday, August 9 to a report of an armed robbery in progress at Andrew Smith Jewellers in the High Street.

The two men entered the store armed with an axe and stole a large amount of jewellery.

The men made off in a blue Peugeot 106, which was driven by a third man who waited outside the car.

On August 11, the two men aged 27 and 29 were arrested on suspicion of robbery. They have since been released on bail until October 21.

The High Street was quite busy at the time of the robbery, and we have spoken to a number of witnesses who have given us very useful information. I’m sure there are some more people out there who saw what happened though, and it would be great to hear from them."

– DC Graham Hunt at Tonbridge police station

Mystery of man found dead on rail track

British Transport Police are appealing for information about the last movements of a man found dead on a railway line in Kent.

The body of Nathan Cackett, 23, was discovered close to Ryarsh Lane foot crossing near West Malling.

His silver Lexus was found crashed in bushes just outside of Trottiscliffe.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious.


Former newspaper owner rape trial begins

A jury at the Old Bailey has been sworn in in the case of former newspaper owner Eddy Shah who is accused of rape.

Shah, 69, of Chippenham, Wiltshire, denies raping a girl under 16 during the 1990s.

Shah and a man and woman are accused of sex offences against the girl between the ages of 12 and 15.

Anthony Pallant, 53, of West Malling, Kent, denies rape and indecent assault. Susan Davies, 53, of Swanley, Kent, denies indecent assault, aiding and abetting rape and child cruelty.

Shah, who is charged under his birth name of Selim Shah, founded the now-defunct Today newspaper in 1986.

'Train baby' Phoebe doing well

Proud dad, Allan Stanley, with mum, Sonia Banks and baby Phoebe Credit: Invicta Kent Media

The father of a baby girl born on a train packed full of commuters during rush hour in Kent has said: "It feels like I'm on cloud nine."

Allan Stanley, 21, was travelling back to his mother's home with her and his partner Sonia Banks, 22, when the contractions started.

Moments later, on Thursday night's 18:18 London to Kent train, Miss Banks gave birth to a "perfectly healthy" 6lb 13oz baby called Phoebe.


Passengers delight at early arrival

A woman has given birth to a baby girl on a packed Kent commuter train.

Sonia Banks, 22, was on the 18:18 London Victoria to Maidstone East when the contractions began.

The Southeastern train driver put out a plea for help and luckily a midwife, nurse and off-duty police officer were fellow travellers and helped with the delivery.

Baby Phoebe was a fighting-fit 6ib 13oz and mum and daughter are doing well in hospital.

We speak to passenger Sophia Looney who was on the train and commuters at West Malling, the station where the ambulance picked up Sonia and Phoebe.

Second train baby for Southeastern

The baby girl born on a Kent commuter train last night is the second to enter the world on a Southeastern service, says company spokeswoman Sarah Boundy, "We're delighted mother and daughter are doing fine and we will send them flowers as soon as possible."

In 2001 Hayley Sheen from Chatham, who was seven months pregnant, unexpectedly went into labour on a train. Just minutes later little Chelsea was born on the Hastings line between Appledore and Ashford. She was two months premature and weighed just 3lbs 5oz.

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