A 19-year-old man has been jailed for three years after supplying a 15-year-old boy - who later died, with the drug MDMA.
Jack Pointer, 19, from Hill View Road in Whitstable had earlier admitted that he had supplied the Class A controlled drug to 15-year-old Josh Oliver on 29th December 2014.
The hearing at Canterbury Crown Court heard how Pointer, who is also known as Jack Church, had sold the MDMA - also known as Ecstasy - to Josh and his girlfriend for £40. The court were told that Josh suffered convulsions after taking the substance and died in hospital later that samr day. The post mortem examination found that he had died of MDMA poisoning and an inquest into his death recorded a verdict of death related to drugs.
"Kent Police takes the supply of illegal drugs extremely seriously. Taking drugs can have tragic consequences and those concerned in their supply should know that we will do everything in our power to prevent and disrupt illegal drug use and supply.
"I urge people to contact us on 101 if they are concerned about drugs in their communities. We will act on information given to us and will continue to work hard to keep drugs off our streets."
In sentencing Pointer on Friday 29th January Judge Adele Williams told him that she was sentencing him for supplying drugs, not for causing Josh's death, and that only a custodial sentence was justified.
"This has been a heart-breaking case, and has left a loving family facing their future without the boy they cherished dearly. I hope that young people who are already taking drugs or are considering trying them will think again after they learn of this tragedy.
"A drug dealer is far more interested in your money than in your health, and you cannot possibly know for sure what you are putting into your body when taking an illegal drug. The risks are simply too great."
Kent Police is appealing for witnesses following a serious crash on the A290 at Pean Hill in Whitstable.
A red Ford Fiesta travelling in the direction of Canterbury is reported to have left the road at about 4.55am this morning.
The driver, a man in his 20s, was taken to a London hospital with serious injuries. No other vehicles were involved.
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The family of a Kent school girl killed as crossed a railway line have hit out at Network Rail for failing to make safety changes sooner.
An inquest heard today that 14-year-old Sacha Wheeler was listening to music on her earphones as she walked home for Sunday dinner when she was hit and killed by a train as she used the Glebe Way rail crossing in Whitstable in August 2014.
Sacha' s aunt made a statement outside the inquest on behalf of Sacha's parents Jim and Heather:
Network Rail has expressed its sympathy to the family of a 14-year-old girl killed on a level crossing at in Kent.
14-year-old Sacha Wheeler was hit by a train as she tried to cross tracks at the Glebe Way pedestrian crossing in Whitstable.
The company said they are about to begin a public consultation about safety improvements at the crossing.
We would like to express our sympathy to the family and friends of Sacha Wheeler. Any death on the railway is a tragedy and the impact is felt not only by those who knew the person but also by the train driver and station staff and those who are involved in the aftermath. We want to do everything we can to stop this from happening. “We remain committed to working with the community to find a solution to closing Glebe Way level crossing. The constraints of the site mean that this will not be a simple exercise and we are currently exploring a number of options to replace the crossing. At the end of September we are meeting with Canterbury City Council to discuss those options, we will then be in a position to speak to the wider community to hear their views.
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Officers investigating a serious collision near Whitstable are appealing for witnesses.
Kent Police were called to the coast-bound carriageway of the A299 Thanet Way, just before the Whitstable slip road, at 1.26am on Friday 7 August.
A 30-year-old man, who lives locally is in critical condition after the red Rover 218 he was driving collided with the nearside barrier and overturned.
He suffered serious head injuries and was treated at the scene before being taken to a London hospital.
Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are now appealing for witnesses to the collision.
"The road was fairly quiet at that time of the morning but if you saw the collision or the Rover being driven beforehand and have not yet spoken to police, please can you call our office on 01622 798538 email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference MW/138/15."
An 82 year old woman is critically ill following a serious collision in Whitstable. Kent Police were called to a two-vehicle crash on the A299 Thanet Way slip road at the junction with Church Lane, Seasalter.
The collision involved a blue Vauxhall Meriva which was travelling from the direction of Whitstable and a blue Range Rover which had been driving from the Faversham direction. The drivers of both vehicles and a passenger of the Range Rover were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries. The 82-year old woman from Medway, has been taken to a London hospital with serious injuries
Detective Sergeant Chris Wade from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: ‘ We are keen to speak to anyone who saw the collision or the Vauxhall Meriva prior to the collision. People with information should contact us on 01622 798538 or email email@example.com"
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Catman, Kent's very own Banksy style street artist has been leaving his pictures around Whitstable for years - and now he has painted a mural and donated the artwork to a homeless charity in Canterbury to help them raise money.
The charity's organisers first thought the world famous artist had struck again - after his work 'Art Buff' ' appeared in Folkestone - but this work originated closer to home.
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