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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.

Growth of farmers' markets in Kent as consumers choose local

by Sarah Saunders @SSaundersITV

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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..."

Tributes to bucket list boy who lost battle with cancer

In his short life he achieved so much - touching the hearts of thousands of people around the world. But sadly, 11-year-old Reece Puddington from Seasalter, has lost his six-year battle with cancer.

Three months ago, the brave youngster, who suffered from neuroblastoma told followers on Facebook that he'd decided to stop cancer treatment as it would involve more hospital visits and painful side effects.

Today his family and friends - and celebrities he'd met along the way - have been paying tribute to him - as Sarah Cooper reports.

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