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Teenager admits causing death of man on charity cycle

An 18-year-old driver has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a man who was completing a 248-mile cycle to raise money for charity earlier this year.

Bethany Mackie, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, and driving with excess alcohol.

Her Peugeot 206 collided with cyclist Christian Smith, 38, near Chestfield, Whitstable, in March.

Mackie was given an interim driving ban and released on bail.

Inspector Martin Stevens, from the Kent Police Roads Policing Unit, said:

Christian Smith was a keen cyclist and was raising money for a cause close to his heart. His death, caused by this tragic and avoidable incident, is another reminder to everyone of the dangers of drink-driving.

Mackie will have to live with the consequences of her actions for the rest of her life. Our thoughts are with all those involved in this case, but of course especially Christian’s grieving family, at this time.

– Martin Stevens

"Mackie’s breath contained 73 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than twice the limit," he added.

Child sex offender jailed for historic crimes

Michael Snyder Credit: Kent Police

A Whitstable man has been jailed for 16 years for historic child sex offences at Canterbury Crown Court.

Michael Snyder, 69, of Regent Street, Whitstable, was responsible for a total of 15 offences.

Eight of the offences related to incidents which took place from 1998 to 2003 in Whitstable and Brixton.

The other seven offences were in relation to incidents between 1971 and 1973 in Carshalton, Surrey.

Snyder was charged in March this year after detectives uncovered the first series of offences before a second victim came forward.

In interview, Snyder denied any wrongdoing.

Detective Constable Sarah Bedford from Kent Police said: ‘I hope this sentencing brings some closure to Snyder’s victims who have shown tremendous courage in coming forward and supporting this prosecution.

‘I’m also pleased that Snyder is now where he belongs – in prison – where he can no longer pose a direct threat to vulnerable people.’

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Man arrested in connection with Whitstable sexual assaults

Detectives investigating a series of sexual assaults on women in Whitstable have arrested a man in connection with the incidents.

Kent Police received seven reports of a variety of offences ranging from indecent exposure to sexual assault between 27 January and 12 August.

Detectives have now arrested a 46-year-old man from Whitstable on suspicion of sexual assault and he has been bailed to 30 September pending further enquiries.

Police are continuing to carry out enquiries and ask members of the public to remain vigilant and take personal safety measures.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Inspector Max Davidson on 01227 868235. Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Growth of farmers' markets in Kent as consumers choose local

Farmers Markets are booming, as ever more families re-discover the alternative to supermarket shopping. The Kent Farmers Market Association says 6 new markets open up in the county every year, many of them run by community groups.

In Whitstable Sarah Saunders spoke to the farmers' market founder Becky Richards, stallholders Toby Schwenn and Cath Blanfield and shoppers.

Prolific Medway and Whitstable burglar jailed

A prolific burglar has been sent to prison for committing offences in Medway and Whitstable.

Lee Matthew Dickie, aged 31, previously from Gillingham, pleaded guilty to two charges of burglary dwelling, burglary other than dwelling with intent to steal and theft from a motor vehicle.

Lee Dickie has been sent to prison for 4 years and 6 months Credit: Kent Police

In the evening on 7 January he attempted to steal a television from a Gillingham primary school and the next day he took a number of items, from a property in Third Avenue, Gillingham.

The burglary spree continued, when on 2 February, he stole shotguns and rifles, £50 cash, watches and a telephone from a property in Railway Avenue, Whitstable. He also stole a fuel card from a van parked in Gardiner Street, Gillingham, between 27 January and 3 February.

CCTV released after cash box robbery

CCTV of a man wanted in connection with a cash box robbery Credit: Kent Police

CCTV of man wanted in connection with a cash box robbery outside a building society has been released by Kent Police as part of a renewed appeal. A new e-fit has also been released after the theft from a security van took place at around 10:30am on Wednesday, 7 May, in Whitstable High Street.

DC Freddie Elspass-Collins from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: ‘A security guard was carrying a cash box containing a quantity of money when a man approached him from behind and forcibly took the cash box from him.

'The offender reportedly ran off in the direction of Middle Wall and Cornwallis Circle. Our enquiries have led us to believe the offender took the cash box to the Thanet area so we’re widening our appeal for information further.’ Witnesses should call 01303 289353 quoting reference number 07-0390.

A new e-fit of a man wanted in connection with a cash box robbery Credit: Kent Police

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VIDEO: Funeral for young boy who raised thousands for charity

11 year-old Reece Puddington was an inspiration to tens-of thousands of people.

His online blog, describing his fight 6 year with cancer attracted 38-thousand followers from across the world.

Today, hundreds lined the streets of Whitstable to pay their respects. Sarah Saunders reports.

Funeral takes place of brave Kent youngster

The funeral has taken place of an 11-year-old boy from Kent who battled cancer and gained thousands of supporters worldwide.

Reece Puddington from Seasalter spent more than half his life fighting the disease but died last month after raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to the brave youngster.

Funeral of young boy who raised thousands for chairty

Reece lost his battle with cancer last month, aged just 11-years-old Credit: Facebook

The funeral will be held today of an 11-year-old boy from Kent who battled cancer and gained thousands of supporters worldwide.

Reece Puddington from Seasalter spent more than half his life fighting the disease but died last month after raising thousands of pounds for charity.

Convicted Kent sex offender sent back to jail

MARTIN FISHER Credit: KENT POLICE

A convicted sex offender from Whitstable has been jailed for 28 months after he breached an order imposed on him in 2011.

64 year-old Martin Fisher was convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting a child and making and possessing indecent images of children. He was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for 10 years but when officers carried out checks on his computer they found indecent images.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Katie Coleman said, "This sends out a strong message to any one prepared to take similar risks, Kent Police will continue to strive to identify and bring to justice offenders wherever they are..."

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