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Faversham remembers WWI hero

A memorial stone has been unveiled in Faversham town centre in honour of the town's war First World War hero, Lieutenant General Sir Philip Neame VC.

Sir Philip was awarded the Victoria Cross in honour of his heroic actions during a battle in Neuve Chapelle, France.

The stone was officially unveiled by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Mans, the Chief Royal Engineer.

"He was a great man in so many ways," said Sir Mark, "and the Royal Engineers are delighted that the country has seen fit, in this centenary anniversary of his VC award, to recognise his achievements in this grand manner in his home town.”

Sir Mark Mans unveils memorial stone Credit: Shepherd Neame

Sevenoaks man convicted of child sexual abuse

A man from Sevenoaks has been jailed for four years for sexually abusing a teenage boy.

Paul Judges, who's 49 and lived in Caxton Close in Hartley in Kent, took indecent photographs of his victim. Police then found these images on his computer, along with photographs of other children.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Donna Read said: "I hope this sentencing brings some closure to those affected by his crimes, who have shown tremendous courage in coming forward and supporting this prosecution."

Paul Judges, convicted of sexually abusing a child Credit: Kent Police


Police issue CCTV of man who tried to rob Sussex bank

£500 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction Credit: Sussex Police

Police have published a CCTV image of a man suspected of attempting to rob a bank in Horsham.

Just before 11.50am on Tuesday 9 October a man entered the HSBC bank in West Street, Horsham, and pushed a plastic bag and note through the cash scoop underneath the counter security glass.

The note told the cashier to fill the bag with cash in order to avoid being shot.

However, staff immediately activated the alarm system, which prompted the man to turn around and run out, heading right along West Street. He is then believed to have made his way towards nearby Sainsburys.

Detective Constable Stuart Streeter of West Sussex CID said:

"Thankfully, this type of incident is rare in the area but there was a considerable impact on the staff and members of public present. We are also offering a £500 reward for information leading to a successful arrest and conviction".

If you can help in any way please email orcall 101 quoting serial 496 of 09/12. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Growing concern for safety of missing Sussex man

Kevin Murray's disappearance is said to be out of character Credit: Sussex Police

Police are growing concerned for a man missing from Worthing.

Kevin Murray, 49, was last seen at around 6pm on Monday (December 15) when he visited his daughter in Dominion Road. He has not been seen since and has switched off his phone.

PC Lee Simmonds said: "This is completely out of character for Kevin, who was expected home after making the visit, but did not return. He is believed to be driving a silver Vauxhall Insignia registration GX59 DDY.

"Kevin is described as being white, 5' 10", stocky with cropped grey hair and was last seen wearing a dark fleece."

If anyone has any information as to his whereabouts please contact police on quoting serial 1347 of 15/12.

House sealed off after woman's body found

A 62 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found at a house in Kent.

Police were called to an address on Lady's Gift Road in Southborough, near Tunbridge Wells this afternoon, following concerns about a woman's welfare.

Forensic officers were called in and the area was sealed off following the discovery.

A man remains in custody as inquiries continue.

More than a hundred years of military history comes to an end

A ceremony to mark the closure of the army's South East Brigade took part in Dover today, bringing more than a hundred years of military history to an end.The Brigade, which has its HQ in Folkestone, will merge with another in Hampshire. It's part of a wider campaign to restructure the army. Andrea Thomas was at the service. In her report we hear from the outgoing Commander of 2 (South East) Brigade, Brigadier Chris Claydon and Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois MP.


Four in hospital after car crash in Brighton

Four people have been taken to hospital following a car crash in Brighton.

The Drove has been closed at the junction with Park Street in Falmer, near the Amex Stadium, and the Bexhill road junction at Woodingdean.

Two cars collided at around 10.00am this morning.
It is not clear at this time as to the extent of injuries, but they are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

A large section of road has been affected by fuel or engine fluid spillages and will need attending to before the road re-opens.

It is hoped that this will be by early afternoon.

Tulips planted in memory and hope on World AIDS Day

Events to mark World AIDS Day were staged across the region yesterday, hoping to raise awareness of the spread of HIV.

More than 35 million people have died from the virus world-wide, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Andy Dickenson visited the Sussex Beacon care centre in Brighton and spoke to HIV sufferers David Fray and Ian Wallace, as well as Tabitha Morrison, Clinical Medical Officer.

Motorist killed after BMW crashes and bursts into flames

Sussex Police is investigating the incident Credit: Meridian

The driver of a BMW has died after his car crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

At 3.30pm on Saturday (29 November) emergency services were called to Selhurstpark Road, near Goodwood Racecourse, north of Chichester.

There a BMW M3 car had collided with a tree and caught fire.

Firefighters put out the fire but sadly the sole occupant of the vehicle, a man, was confirmed dead at the scene.

The road was closed in both directions and crash investigators are now trying to determine how the collision occurred. The West Sussex coroner has been informed.

Anyone who saw what happened or the vehicle being driven shortly beforehand is asked to or phone 101, quoting Operation Ardara.

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