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Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner will not stand for re-election

Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes will not be standing for re-election.

She announced the decision on her website today.

Anne Barnes won't stand for re-election Credit: ITV News

"As election day approaches for the next PCC I have decided that I will not be a candidate. Fifteen years – including, since 2012, service in this intense and all-consuming role – is probably long enough, and I am content that I have delivered what I said I would and Kent Police is in a very strong and sustainable position for the future. To those putting themselves forward for election in May I give you this advice. Be prepared to work around the clock. This is not a part-time position. It is an all-consuming role that requires and deserves that attention. Listen to the public. They elect us into post, and ultimately they know best about what they want and the service they receive.

Support the officers and staff delivering the service. They are incredible people doing an amazing job. When you have to challenge, remember that mistakes can happen and look at the intentions as well as the actions of those involved. Put the people of Kent first, not Westminster, not a political party, not yourself."

– Ann Barnes


Police reveal CCTV and call for new witnesses in stabbing case

Detectives investigating an alleged serious assault in Poole, where two men have been charged, are appealing for a potential witness to come forward and have released CCTV footage of him.

The alleged assault happened just before midnight on Sunday 28 February 2016 in Parkstone Heights. It was reported that a local man aged in his 20s had sustained serious stab injuries. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

Detective Inspector Andy Roberts, of Bournemouth CID, said:

“I am now able to release CCTV footage of a potential witness who came to the man’s aid following the incident. He is described as white, was wearing a bobble hat and was carrying a rucksack. We believe he may have witnessed the incident or may have important evidence.

We believe this person has walked through Parkstone Heights at around the time of the alleged offence and has then walked across Ringwood Road into Dorchester Road, toward Foxholes Road.

If you are this person, I would ask you to please contact police on 101 as you may hold vital information that could assist me with my investigation.

– DI Andy Roberts, Bournemouth CID

View CCTV footage released by Dorset Police here:

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 29:1. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Police appeal after two burglaries at Argos

Officers are investigating two burglaries at the Argos store on Southampton Road in Titchfield which they believe may be linked.

On both occasions someone has forced their way into the rear of the building in the middle of the night. Stock checks are being carried out, but it is believed that more than £1,000 of items have been taken.

Investigating officer DC Sharon Lewry said:

"Did you see or hear anything suspicious in the Southampton Road area of Titchfield between 2:00am and 3:30am on Monday, February 29. or shortly after midnight on Thursday, March 10?

Our enquiries are ongoing, and we are reviewing CCTV, but as this area of Titchfield is quiet in the early hours of the morning I'm keen to hear from anyone that saw or heard anything unusual".

– DC Sharon Lewry

Woman given oxygen after electric heater fire

Firefighters gave oxygen therapy to a woman in Folkestone after an electric heater caught alight in a bathroom. Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to the property in Clifton Crescent, Folkestone, arriving within four minutes of receiving the 999 emergency call.

The fire was already out but the flat was smoke-logged, which they cleared using a special fan. The woman was then handed into the care of paramedics.

Kent Fire & Rescue Credit: Kent Fire & Rescue

Family tribute to man killed in motorbike crash

Emergency services were called to Gosport Road yesterday morning where the motorbike had collided with the central reservation. The rider was thrown into the road and then hit by a lorry. The road was closed for several hours while investigations were carried out.

Emergency services in Gosport at scene of fatal crash Credit: ITV News Meridian

The family of 25 year-old Daniel Mark Thomas Stone from Gosport have paid an emotional tribute to him after he sadly died.

His family said:

"Daniel, affectionately referred to as 'Daniel son' by his family, is lovingly missed by his parents; Phil and Michelle, and his brothers and sisters; Paris, Kial, Harry, Bluebell, Jimmy and Fred.

Daniel was a local lad who grew up in the Gosport area and lived life to the full. He was passionate about his music and bikes and will be missed by his many friends".

– Family Tribute


£150m new fleet of modern trains unveiled

Gatwick Express has unveiled its new fleet of modern trains, costing almost 150 million pounds. The 27 trains are being introduced over the next few months and offer more legroom, storage space and First Class seats.

The fleet is part of the same franchise that has come in for heavy criticism for running services said to be among the worst in the country. But they say they are investing and improving. Derek Johnson reports.

Update: Didcot Power Station building collapse

Building collapse at Didcot Power Station in February Credit: ITV News

A joint statement on behalf of Thames Valley Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the partial building collapse at Didcot power station on 23 February.

“The priority of the multi-agency response remains the recovery of the missing men so they can be returned to their families. Specialist officers from Thames Valley Police continue to support the families at this difficult time and we are providing them with regular updates on the progress.

The site owners RWE have overall responsibility for the safety of buildings and structures on their site. They must produce a plan for a safe method of working before the next stage of the recovery can begin. Once this is received and approved by HSE, emergency services are on hand to recover the missing men.

Preparation at the site, for the recovery, is taking place and will continue over the weekend.

We are working hard to identify as soon as possible what caused the building to partially collapse, to provide answers and prevent such a tragedy happening again.”

– HSE/Thames Valley Police

Charity calls for more children to be adopted by same-sex couples

Adoption charity PACT is calling for more prospective parents to come forward during this 'LGBT adoption and fostering week'.

Last year, one in 12 of those children adopted in England were given homes by same-sex couples, and the children themselves are often those most in need.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to adoptive parent Jacek Kacprzak and sons Adam and Brandon. We also hear from former Kent Magistrate Richard Page speaking to the BBC, and PACT's Jean Smith.

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