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Shaping the future of policing in Kent

A summit has been held to discuss the future of policing in Kent.

Representatives from local councils, Neighbourhood Watch and members of the public met at Kent Police Training School in Maidstone to offer their thoughts on how to tackle crime in the face of tough budget cuts.

The force faces having to save another £61million over the next 4 years, on top of the £50million already saved since 2011.

Speakers included Police and Crime Commissioner, Ann Barnes, Chief Constable Alan Pughsley and members of the Kent Criminal Justice Board and Victim Support.

Tackling crime in Kent in the face of stiff budget cuts Credit: Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner

CCTV released in rape appeal

Police want to trace this man about Brighton rape Credit: Sussex Police

Police want to speak to the man captured in this CCTV image about a rape in Brighton.

A 25-year-old man from London has told officers he was raped in a hotel by a man he met on a night out in Brighton in the early hours of Saturday 18th October.


Man's body found in water close to Sussex beach

The body was recovered at 12.25 this afternoon Credit: Eddie Mitchell
Sussex Police are investigating Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Police have launched an investigation after a man's body was found in the sea off Goring beach.

The body was spotted in the water near Worthing Sailing Club at 12.25 this afternoon.

Police, Solent Coastguard and Worthing Beach Office staff were called to the scene and the body was recovered by two boats to the Alinora boat ramp, in Goring.

It's thought the body had not been in the sea for a long period of time.

HM Coastguard was involved in the recovery Credit: Eddie Mitchell

Can you help find missing Kerri from Witney?

Kerri Hutt has been missing since Friday Credit: Thames Valley Police

Police are appealing for help in tracing a woman from Witney, missing since Friday

Kerri Hutt also known as Kerri Sutherland, aged 23, was last seen leaving a house she was staying at in Bradwell, Milton Keynes around 7.30am on Friday

Miss Hutt is white, around 5ft 5ins, of stocky build, with shoulder length brown hair with blond highlights which was tied up in a bun. She was wearing a grey long sleeve top, light grey jogging bottoms with patterns on the pockets and black trainers.

PC Lisa Roberts, said: “I am appealing for anyone with any information about Miss Hutt’s whereabouts to contact police.

“If you have seen her or anyone matching her description, please call police and speak to an officer.

“She is from Witney and may be in that area, but was staying with a friend in Bradwell, Milton Keynes recently and we are concerned for her welfare.”

"I am also appealing for Kerri to get in touch with police if she is reading this. We are just concerned to know that you are ok.

If you have any information about Miss Hutt’s whereabouts please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

Cars torched in overnight arson attacks

Four cars were burnt out in the Bitterne area of Southampton Credit: Meridian

Police are linking five arson incidents which occurred in south Bitterne in the early hours of this morning

Four cars were set alight and damage caused to a property sometime between 12.30 and 2.30am.

No-one was injured as a result of the incidents.

A Renault Megane Scenic parked on a driveway in Beechwood Gardents was set alight causing some damage to the house and affecting the power supply to the property.

A Citroen Picasso parked on a driveway in Bullar Road was burnt out.

A Ford Transit van parked in Nomad Close was set alight.

A Vauxhall Movano van parked in Macnaghten Road was set fire to, this van contained a kitchen worth £7,000.

In Vanguard Road an extractor fan set in a window pane was set on fire.

“These incidents caused considerable damage to property, tied up emergency services for hours and most seriously could have injured or killed someone. We are appealing to anyone in the Bitterne area who may be able to help us identify who is responsible to contact us.

“Did you notice any suspicious activity, did a person you live with leave the house in the early hours of this morning?”

– Detective Inspector Phil Scrase

Anyone with information should contact police on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police arrest man as part of international crackdown on hacking

Officers from the South East Regional Crime Unit supported by Kent Police have arrested a man in Kent following as part of an international crackdown on computer hackers. SEROCU worked closely with the National Crime Agency (NCA) on the operation focused on the threat posed by tools known as Remote Access Trojans (RATs).

A 20-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday 18th November in Maida Road, Chatham, Kent on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material, unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate the commission of further offences and fraud by false representation.

“This investigation is a good example of joint law enforcement cooperation in relation to a type of criminality that is not restricted by any geographical boundaries. We are pursuing cyber criminals using the latest technology and working with businesses and academia to further develop specialist investigative capabilities to protect and reduce the risk to the public."

– Craig Jones, Head of the Cyber Crime Unit


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Pensioner becomes dancing internet sensation

He's the twinkle toes of Winchester - the groover and the shaker making everyone smile. 87 year old Ronald Burgess has ballroom danced since he was 15 - and had stopped his dancing ways completely - up until now.

Ronald is now regularly dancing on the High Street. A video of the pensioner has been viewed thousands of times - and he's become an overnight sensation. Divya Kohli reports.

Ashya King's parents say they are too scared to return

Brett & Naghemeh King with their son Ashya as he recovers from proton beam therapy

The parents of five-year-old Ashya King have done an interview with ITV's Good Morning Britain from Spain. The little boy from Southsea in Portsmouth was removed from Southampton Hospital by his parents earlier this year, sparking an international hunt.

Ashya was treated for brain cancer by doctors at a Czech proton therapy centre in Prague. Medical staff said he has responded well to treatment. In the interview from Spain, where the family are currently staying, Brett & Naghemeh King said they were took scared to return home to Hampshire.

End of an era for sea cadet training ship

Final voyage for TS Royalist Credit: ITV

After 43 years of service and more than 200 thousand nautical miles at sea - the cadet training ship - TS Royalist - has been decommissioned in a special service in Portsmouth.

More than 30 thousand cadets have sailed onboard the ship - but it has not been without tragedy. In 2010, 14-year-old Jonathan Martin died after falling from the ship's rigging.

Today, for those who came to say goodbye - it was an emotional end of an era. Sally Simmonds talks to sea cadets, Commanding Officer, Lt Angie Morris and Coxswain David Rogerson

'Dangerous' teenager jailed for sex attacks on young girls

18 year old Archie Collicut from Finstock has been jailed for ten years Credit: Thames Valley Police

An 18-year-old man was today sentenced after he admitted raping and assaulting underage girls.

Archie Collicutt, of Wilcote Riding, Finstock, West Oxfordshire, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and an additional three years on licence at Oxford Crown Court.

On 10 September, he pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of the attempted rape of a child under 13.

The offences were committed against seven girls in Oxfordshire between March 2012 and September 2013.

In March 2012, Collicutt raped a 13-year-old and said he would kill her and her family if she were to tell anyone.

In another incident in June 2013, Collicutt attempted to rape a 12-year-old girl and again threatened her and her family to stop her telling police.

He was arrested and charged initially in September 2013.

Investigating officer Det Con Ian Gibbard from Banbury Force CID said: “Collicutt deliberately took advantage of young girls, abusing them and threatening them in order to stop them telling anyone.

“We are pleased he took the opportunity to plead guilty and spare the victims from having to come to court, but that in no way makes up for what he did to them.

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend their bravery in coming forward to tell police what had happened to them.

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