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Man jailed for trapping teenager in storeroom

A man who trapped a teenage girl in a storeroom has been jailed for more than four years.

Police said Gurpinder Singh Ghuman of Strood carried out a terrifying attack.

The 41-year old was convicted of false imprisonment with the intent of committing a sexual offence.

Gurpinder Singh Ghuman carried out a terrifying attack on a teenage girl Credit: Kent Police

"This was a terrifying attack on a young girl, who has shown great bravery throughout the proceedings.

"Ghuman tricked his innocent victim into a room where he grabbed her around the mouth and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim managed to fight him off and he ran away.

"We carried out extensive enquiries to identify Ghuman and I am pleased that he is now behind bars and away from the community."

– Police Constable Hollie Brown

Man jailed for vicious attack on friend

A man who viciously assaulted his friend after being asked to leave his home has been jailed for 15 months.

Dee Webb who's 45, and of White Post Lane in Meopham, carried out the attack after sharing a number of drinks with the victim and another friend on Friday 23rd May last year.

Dee Webb has been sentenced to 15 months in prison Credit: Kent Police

Webb was asked to leave the man’s home in Gravesend after getting into a physical confrontation with the other guest, but knocked him to the ground as he tried to close the garden gate on him.

He then repeatedly punched him in the face causing him to suffer fractures to both cheekbones.

Webb then left the property but returned a short time later to collect his car keys from the other friend. He then smashed a number of ceramic pots before leaving once more.

Following his arrest Webb pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court.

"This was a particularly nasty attack on a man who previously counted Dee Webb as a friend. While he was of previous good character, his actions on this occasion suggest he is a danger to other members of the public and that he belongs behind bars."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Paul Oliver


Prisoner sentenced for attacking inmate with plastic knife

Tony Beaumont has been sentenced to ten years in prison Credit: Kent Police

A prisoner has been jailed for a further 10 years after attacking a fellow inmate with a plastic knife which had to be surgically removed from his throat.

On 7 February last year, HMP Rochester called police after a prisoner was taken to a hospital in London with a stab wound in the neck.

Detectives attended the prison and CCTV footage showed the victim sitting at a table, speaking with another prisoner.

Tony Beaumont was then seen approaching the victim from behind, before steadying himself with a plastic knife in his hand and striking his victim in the neck.

The force of the strike knocked the victim off his chair and the knife remained lodged in his neck. He was taken to a hospital in London where the knife was surgically removed from underneath his jaw.

The knife was not one used by the prison, but searches of Beaumont’s cell revealed a spoon made of the same colour and plastic as the offending knife.

Detectives arrested the 39-year-old and he was later charged. At Maidstone Crown Court he pleaded guilty to S18 – grevious bodily harm with intent and was sentenced on 15 May to 10 years imprisonment.

"This was clearly a very nasty attack, which could have had a potentially fatal outcome for the victim in this case. There is no doubt there was clear intention to cause significant harm in what was very obviously a premeditated attack. I am pleased the jury were able to see this clearly as a result of the evidence put before them and Beaumont will now serve a substantial period of time behind bars."

– Investigating officer, Detective Constable Stuart Clayton

Tribute paid to woman found attacked in the street

The mother of a woman who died after being attacked in the street in Eastbourne has paid tribute to her.

Emma Crowhurst who was 36, of Albion Road was found on the pavement in Chawbrook Road, Eastbourne at the junction with Dudley Road and Havelock Road, near her home address, just before midnight on Sunday 26 April, having sustained a head injury.

She was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital and was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital. She died on May 11 and a post mortem examination found she died from a head injury.

Emma Crowhurst was found on a pavement in Chawbrook Road Credit: ITV Meridian

"Emma was a lovely girl, loved by her family and friends who had a heart of gold. This is a massive, irreplaceable loss and we want the person responsible for this brought to justice. We have every faith in Sussex Police and fully support their investigation."

– Marina Crowhurst, Emma's mother

"We have had a good response from members of the community who have contacted the investigation team already, but are hoping to hear from more people who could help. It is vitally important to establish Emma's movements before she was assaulted and I'm appealing to anyone that has any information, however small they may think it is, to get in contact with us. Several people have described an argument between a man and a woman just before midnight. This argument may have lead to Emma being found in the road with the, ultimately, fatal injuries. I am making a specific appeal to anyone who went to Emma's assistance before the police and ambulance teams arrived in Chawbrook Road. Anyone who was in the area of Chawbrook Road, Whitley Road, Dudley Road, Havelock Road who may have seen or heard an argument, please contact us. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting Operation Shortgate. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft


Man left with serious head injuries in attack

Police in Brighton are seeking witnesses to a violent seafront incident which left a man with facial fractures.

At about 5am on Monday (27 April) there was an altercation between two men on the Lower Esplanade outside the Club Wahkiki.

One of the men, a 24-year old from Brighton, sustained fractured cheek bones and a fractured eye socket, for which he received treatment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

A 25-year old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, and was later released on police bail until 3 June while enquiries continue.

Arguing couple could help solve attack on teenager

Police are appealing for help to trace a man and a woman arguing near the scene of an attack that left a teenager with a fractured skull.

The victim, from Burgess Hill, had just left the Shoosh nightclub on Brighton seafront at about 3am on Saturday 31 January when he was assaulted from behind and knocked to the ground on the ramp leading up to Kings Road, opposite the Thistle Brighton hotel.

The 18-year-old, who had been out with friends to celebrate his birthday, suffered a fractured skull, bruising to the brain and a burst eardrum in the attack. He is currently recovering.

The victim had just passed a man and a woman who were arguing at the foot of the ramp and officers are keen to identify them to find out what they might have seen.

The man is believed to be white, about 5' 8" and muscular with short black hair. He was about 21 or 22 and was wearing a red long-sleeved chequered shirt.

"We believe they were the last people to see the victim before he was attacked so we urgently need to speak to them. If you know who they are, or you are the man or the woman, please contact us."

– Detective Sergeant Chris Lane

Anyone with information should email quoting serial 513 of 01/02, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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