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Witnesses sought after reports of assault on driver

Police in Kent are appealing for witnesses following reports of an assault in Gillingham that left a man with a fractured leg and facial injuries.

At around 9.30am on 16 September, it is alleged that the drivers of two cars were involved in an altercation at the roundabout at the junction of Middle Street and Dock Road.

The first driver got out of his vehicle, a silver BMW, and approached the car behind. The second driver - the victim - got out of this vehicle, a blue Ford Focus, and was reportedly punched and kicked by the first driver.

The offender then returned to his vehicle and drove away, leaving the victim on the floor with two fractures to his leg and injuries to his eye socket.

A 54 year old Gillingham man was arrested on suspicion of assault and bailed pending further enquiries until 25 November.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact investigating officer DC Robin Stump on 07980 683675, quoting crime reference XY/033048/14.

Alternatively, to remain anonymous, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


Man questioned over rape allegations

A man is being questioned by Thames Valley Police Credit: PA

Thames Valley Police have arrested a man following a rape in Oxford city centre in the early hours of yesterday.

A 21-year-old local man was arrested this morning (21/9) on suspicion of rape and is currently in police custody.

The arrest is in connection with an incident shortly after 2am in which an 18-year-old woman was raped in Brewer Street.

Oxford Photography Festival focuses minds

These days, thanks to smart-phones, millions of images are uploaded to the internet every second. But does this bombardment make it harder to appreciate a really good photo? That's one of the questions posed at a major new photography festival being held in Oxford where some of the world's leading photographers are showcasing their work. Among the exhibitions, the World Press Photo Competition, being shown at Oxford Brookes University. Rachel Hepworth has a snapshot of what's on offer. She spoke to festival organiser Robin Laurance and Alice Honour, Associate Dean at Oxford Brookes.

Relatives gather to remember a naval tragedy of WWI

The cruisers were sunk weeks after the outbreak of the Great War Credit: The Live Bait Society

One hundred years ago more than 1,400 men who lived in Medway were killed in one hour following the sinking of three war ships.

At the start of World War One, three cruisers - Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue - were torpedoed and sank on 22 September 1914, weeks after the start of the war.

A century on from the disaster, the Mayor of Medway Cllr Barry Kemp is set to welcome the relatives of those who died to the St George's Centre in Chatham - an apt location steeped in naval history.

The event has been arranged by the Live Bait Squadron Society, made up of the relatives of the men on the three tragic vessels.

"It is important we remember the local men who died aboard Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue and this is a wonderful way of doing so."

– Cllr Barry Kemp, Mayor of Medway

Relatives and descendants will be present to share photos, letters, memorabilia and memories.

Urgent appeal to find a vulnerable elderly man.

Mr Stewart was last seen getting into a taxi Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are issuing an urgent appeal to find a vulnerable elderly man reported missing from Hampshire.

Officers are increasingly concerned for the welfare of James Stewart, aged 87, who was last seen at around 11am on Saturday, September 20, 2014, getting a taxi in the Southsea area of Portsmouth.

His disappearance was reported to Hampshire Constabulary shortly before 6pm that night by a member of the public.

Initial enquiries suggest Mr Stewart may be trying to travel to Scotland to visit a relative. However, there are concerns over whether he will be able to complete such a journey safely due to his age and condition.

An investigation is continuing into Mr Stewart's intentions and movements. It's possible he boarded a National Express coach from Portsmouth to London today.

He is described as

  • White
  • 5 ft tall
  • Medium build
  • Short grey hair
  • Balding
  • Clean shaven
  • Wears glasses

He was last seen wearing:

  • Black zip-up jacket
  • Dark grey trousers
  • Brown shoes
  • He was carrying a dark suitcase on wheels with a pull-up handle.

Anyone with information or who has seen James Stewart is asked to contact officers at Southsea Police Station in Hampshire by phoning 101.

In an emergency, phone 999.

Mini-com users can phone 18001 101.


Woman bailed after death at Hampshire care home

Ethel Baldwin, known as Joyce, died earlier this month Credit: Meridian

Detectives in Hampshire have bailed a 36-year-old woman following the suspicious death of a 96-year-old woman.

Ethel Baldwin, who was known by her middle name of Joyce, died at Abbey House Care Home, in Netley Abbey on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

The 36-year-old suspect is on police bail until Tuesday, December 2, 2014 pending further enquiries.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team (HMIT) continues to work closely with other agencies to ensure that vulnerable residents at the care home and their families are supported throughout this investigation.

Body found at Beachy Head believed to be missing Surrey man

Police believe the body is that of missing Desmond Carr Credit: PA

A body has been found in the search for a missing man from the Ewell area of Surrey.

The body of a man was found around 12pm on Saturday, 20 September at the base of cliffs at Beachy Head.

Although the body has yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be that of Desmond Carr.

The 55-year-old was last seen around 5pm on Thursday, 18 September.

His next of kin have been made aware of the discovery of the body.

At this time the death is being treated as unexplained.

Members of the public and the media are thanked for their assistance in searching and sharing appeals for information

New rape crisis centre opens in Sussex

The centres will offer support, counselling and advice Credit: PA

A new rape crisis centre to support victims of sexual violence is to be opened in Sussex.

The centre in Crawley, will offer access to expert advice, support and counselling and help with the practicalities of the criminal justice system.

It will be given a £300,000 a year budget to offer specialist support to hundreds of victims of sexual crime.

As well as face-to-face counselling, the centre will offer support groups, female-only safe spaces and counselling through online video conferencing service Skype.

Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan said: "I want women to know that if they ever suffer the horrific ordeal of rape or sexual assault that they will be offered all of the expert advice and support they need to rebuild their lives and put the perpetrator behind bars.

Following the Coalition Agreement in 2010, fifteen new centres have been established across the country, including Reading, Southend, and Poole.

Yvonne Trainer from the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, which is opening the Crawley centre, said: "We cannot express how grateful we are to the Ministry of Justice for giving us the opportunity to open a new Rape Crisis Centre in Crawley. This will be the first centre in the West Sussex area and fills a massive gap of provision for women and girls who have suffered from sexual violence."

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