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Family appeal after grandfather goes missing

The family of missing Kent man Nigel Knights, 63, are appealing to the public to help in the search to find him.

Mr Knights disappeared at Morrisons in Strood on Monday 9th May 2016.

Missing appeal Credit: Kent Police

Despite the efforts of the coastguard, police and the Kent Search and Rescue team, Nigel has not been found and his family are appealing to the public to join the FindNigelKnights facebook page.

Mr Knights, from Rochester, who lived in Cuxton for over 30 years, is a grandfather of five with two sons and four stepdaughters.

He worked as a teaching assistant in Holmesdale School, Snodland before retiring.

Nigel Knights missing Credit: Kent Police

Nigel has been missing since Monday and we know in our heart of hearts he is out there somewhere. We just need to find him. He is an amazing Dad, husband and granddad and we need him to come home. He hasn’t been feeling mentally very stable in the last few months and because of this we’re more concerned than ever. He was suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and just hasn’t been himself. When he left the supermarket, shopping with Mum, he left with no coat, wallet, phone, food or anything.

– Nicola Martin, stepdaughter

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Police given more time to question suspects over importing firearms

Three men and a woman were arrested near Cuxton Marina Credit: ITV Meridian

Officers have been granted additional time to question eight people arrested in the Kent area as a result of a National Crime Agency investigation into the suspected importation of firearms.

The eight - seven men and a woman all aged between 24 and 58, were detained by the NCA’s Armed Operations Unit (AOU) and Kent Police Tactical Firearms Command yesterday afternoon.

Three men and a woman were arrested near Cuxton Marina, while three men were detained at a location in Orpington and one at an address in Swanley.

The man arrested in Swanley is being questioned by Kent Police, the other seven by the NCA.

A number of firearms and ammunition were seized near the marina. The investigation, which relates to the criminal use of firearms, continues.

Eight arrested in firearms investigation

Eight people have been arrested in the Kent area as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into the suspected importation of firearms.

The eight, seven men and a woman all aged between 24 and 58, were detained by officers from the NCA’s Armed Operations Unit and Kent Police on Tuesday afternoon.

Three men and a woman were arrested at Cuxton Marina, while three men were detained at a location in Orpington and one at an address in Swanley.

All eight are now being questioned by NCA investigators.

A number of potentially viable firearms and ammunition were seized near the marina. They are now being tested forensically.

The investigation, which relates to the criminal use of firearms, continues.

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Pregnant woman given oxygen after kitchen fire

Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to a fire in a kitchen in Bush Road, Cuxton.

On arrival firefighters found the fire was out, however the occupant of the property, a pregnant woman in her 20s, was suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke.

She was given oxygen by the crews at the scene. Her care was then handed to paramedics, who transported her to hospital.

Firefighters used a ventilation fan to clear the smoke logged property.