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Pensioner jailed for 'exploiting' elderly widow

Anthony Powell Credit: Kent Police

A pensioner who 'exploited' an elderly and vulnerable widow in order to steal more than £100,000 from her has been jailed for more than two years.

73 year old Anthony Powell of Harrow Road in Gillingham, Kent, wrote out three blank cheques to himself in the space of four months after befriending 90 year old Hester Herby.

He was said to have taken advantage of her age and confusion, and forged her signature to release an investment policy, a court heard.

Powell even claimed to be her next of kin when she was in hospital following a fall, and following his arrest branded Mrs Herby manipulative and a heavy drinker who had 'made advances' towards him.

While a judge accepted Powell had not embarked on his friendship with Mrs Herby with the aim of conning her, he said he had 'targeted' her vulnerability.

You took the opportunity, perhaps because of her failing health, to steal that sum. There was a degree of planning. It was a mean offence and the upset and harm to your victim was obvious... While it is a case involving money, it also involves a breach of trust and exploitation of a vulnerable and elderly person."

– Judge Philip St.John-Stevens

Woman discovers gravestone while walking dog

A grandmother from Kent is hoping the public can help solve the mystery of how a graveyard headstone ended up dumped in undergrowth on wasteland in Gillingham.

Pam Penfold made the bizarre discovery as she walked her dogs. As John Ryall reports.

Gillingham announce plans for new stadium

Gillingham, based at Priestfield, want to secure their long-term future Credit: Gillingham Football Club

Gillingham FC are calling on supporters, partners and local people to back their plans for a new state-of-the art stadium. The Gills want to secure their long-term future. Currently their home is Priestfield Stadium. Chairman Paul Scally has spent 17 years in his quest to find a new home for the club. He wants to provide a world-class community hub for Medway residents. The only suitable site is on land known locally as Mill Hill. The site is identified in the draft proposals of Medway Council's Local Plan.

We are asking Gillingham supporters, local businesses and residents as well as football fans the length and breadth of England to write to Medway Council in support of our aspirations of going to Mill Hill. Not only would this ensure that Gillingham Football Club have a long-term future at the heart of the community in Medway - such a move would help raise the profile of Medway, gain national and international recognition of the area and assist in placing this part of South East England firmly on the map for the good of everyone.

– Gillingham FC

More details are available on the club's website.

Gillingham man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after woman's sudden death

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A man's been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a woman died suddenly at an address in Gillingham.

Police were called to a property on Livingstone Road in the town at 7.05pm on Friday evening.

A 46 year old local man was arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug and manslaughter.

he has been bailed until Tuesday March 2nd.

The woman's next of kin have been informed.


Litter pickers at the ready for the Great British Spring Clean

Residents of Medway have been taking part in the Great British Spring clean today.

The national campaign is led by Keep Britain Tidy and there are events across the county over the next week.

"This is my backyard, so to speak and I want to keep it clean just as I would at home"

– John Jones, volunteer

"This is my backyard, so to speak, and I want to keep it clean just as I would at home"

'Gills' footballers spread festive cheer at hospital

Football team visit children in hospital to share some festive cheer

Players from Gillingham Football Club have visited children in hospital ahead of Christmas Day.

They handed out presents and some festive cheer at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, even leading staff and children in a round of carol singing. Among the players were Cody McDonald, Stuart Nelson, Josh Wright and Emmanuel Osadebe. Derek Johnson reports.

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