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CCTV images of thief dressed as builder released

The man ran off in the direction of Middle Wall and Cornwallis Circle Credit: Kent Police

Police are appealing for information about a man dressed as a builder who snatched a cash box from a security guard outside a bank.

The theft happened at about 10.30am yesterday in Whitstable High Street.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with the theft Credit: Kent Police

The security guard was carrying the cash box when he was approached from behind before the box was snatched from him.

The thief then made off in the direction of Middle Wall and Cornwallis Circle.

He is described as white, about 6ft 2in tall and in his late 30s. He was wearing a high-visibility jacket with yellow tabard, a hard hat and jeans.

Anyone with information should call 01303 289353 quoting reference number 07-0390 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Burglars distract 84-year-old woman to steal £3000

This E-fit has been released following a distraction burglary in Whitstable Credit: Kent Police

A 84-year-old woman from Kent was distracted during a burglary where more than £3000 was stolen from her home.

Police would like to speak to a man after the distraction burglary at an address in Sandpiper Road in Whitstable.

The incident took place between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Friday 14th March when two men offered to clean the woman's gutters for £15.

After this was completed, they then told her the roof was damaged and could be fixed for £450 and she agreed to have the work done.

One man then asked to use the toilet but was found by the victim in her bedroom where he stole more than £3000 cash.

Police would like to hear from anyone who can identify the man in the e-fit image.


Armed robber targets two businesses in one night

B&Q, Reeves Way, Whitstable Credit: Kent Police

An armed robber who targeted a Whitstable bookmakers after stealing an expensive set of drills from a DIY superstore and assaulting a member of staff has been sentenced. In November 2013 Ricky Loft entered the B&Q store in Reeves Way and picked up three drills.

The 32 year-old attempted to leave the store without paying for them. When staff gave chase whilst a colleague called the police. But as two members of staff caught up with Loft he lashed out - swinging the heavy drill cases at them, striking one employee in the head.

Just over an hour later, Loft entered the William Hill bookmakers in Tankerton Road.He was carrying a black bag, covering an object. He held it in such a way that staff at the shop believed was armed with a gun. He threatened staff before demanding they fill a drawstring bag with cash.

William Hill Bookmakers, Tankerton Road, Whitstable Credit: Kent Police

Through CCTV footage and mobile phone data, detectives soon realised Loft was responsible for the theft of the drills and robbery. He was arrested in the London area. But on 11 April 2014 Loft was sentenced to 10 years after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

Body of a man found in burning shed near Whitstable

The fire service were called to Whitstable following reports of a shed fire Credit: Sonja Weed

An investigation is underway after the body of a man was discovered in a burning shed near Whitstable. Firefighters were called to Dargate Road in Yorkletts this morning to reports of a shed alight.

The man is believed to be aged in his late 70s. The incident is not currently being treated as suspicious.

Royal couple visit Whitstable RNLI

RNLI crew attending to call-out in Whitstable Credit: RNLI

Prince Charles and Camilla found themselves in the middle of a rescue launch at Whitstable RNLI.

The royal couple visited the Lifeboat station on its 50th anniversary as part of their appearance at the Oyster festival.

The Thames coastguard received a 999 call from a yacht with a broken down engine minutes before Princes Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were visiting.

During the visit, Charles and Camilla were introduced to some of the lifeboat team as well as the crew when they returned from the rescue.

RNLI crew attend to broken down yacht Credit: RNLI


Oyster festival underway ahead of royal visit

catch of oysters at the start of the Oyster Festival in Whitstable, Kent. Credit: Press Association Images

The Whitstable Oyster Festival got underway today with hundreds of people sampling the town's most famous export. The festival lasts for seven days and organisers will greet Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall on Monday during a visit to the harbour in Kent.

The festival has been running since 1985, but the cultivation of oysters in the area began during the Roman occupation.

Business is booming as the hot weather continues

Temperatures have continued to rise this weekend, reaching almost thirty degrees centigrade in parts of the South. And with the warmer weather comes a boom in businesses for some of our coastal resorts. Andrea Thomas has been to one town in Kent to gauge the 'sunshine effect'.

She spoke to Derick West, a retired fisherman, Brian Hitcham from the Whitstable & District Chamber of Commerce and some very happy day-trippers.

Man missing from ferry - police appeal

Richard Fearnside Credit: Kent Police

An appeal has been made for a Whitstable area man reported missing after travelling on a Channel ferry.

Richard Fearnside, 30, was last seen on the P&O Pride of Kent ferry crossing from Calais to Dover.

The alarm was raised while passengers and vehicles were disembarking from the ferry, after it docked in Dover early on Tuesday, May 21st.

The ferry was searched but there was no sign of Richard.

Mr Fearnside is described as white, slim, 5ft 8in with short, cropped, mousey coloured hair. When last seen he was wearing a black hooded top, blue t shirt, blue jeans and black and white trainers.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Det Sgnt Richard Lown on 101.

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