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Gorilla celebrates birthday with special cake

He became an internet sensation when he was filmed walking on two legs like a human. Now, Ambam the gorilla has celebrated his 25th Birthday with a cake. Tom Savvides filmed Ambam at his party and spoke to Helen Roberts from Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent.

Gorilla gets his cake and eats it for his birthday

Ambam the gorilla celebrates his 25th Birthday with a cake. The famous gorilla became an internet sensation after he was filmed walking on two legs across his enclosure at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent.


Famous gorilla celebrates his 25th birthday

A famous gorilla from the South East is celebrating his 25th birthday today.

Ambam had his share of fame last year when a video of him walking upright like a man went viral.

Today he'll be enjoying a special birthday cake at Port Lympne animal park.

Ambam at Port Lympne animal park Credit: ITV Meridian

Man charged over crash which killed 7-year-old

Police investigating a fatal crash near Hythe last August have charged a man with causing death by dangerous driving.

42-year-old Abdul Mosa from Leeds, West Yorkshire, is also charged with four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and is due to answer before Canterbury Magistrates on 13 March.

The collision occurred on Friday 29 August 2014 on the A20 Ashford Road, Saltwood between Mr Mosa’s Kia Soul and a DAF lorry. A seven-year-old child travelling in the Kia was pronounced dead at the scene.

The lorry driver, and the other occupants of the Kia, including Mr Mosa, were all taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Rare Malayan tapir born at Port Lympne

Rare Malayan tapir born at Port Lympne Credit: Port Lympne Reserve

A new present has arrived at Port Lympne animal reserve in Kent - just in time for Christmas.

The Malayan tapir is an extremely rare, endangered species but newborn baby Nias has given hope to animal keepers. He is one of only around two thousand tapirs believed to exist in the world.

Nias is the eleventh Malayan tapir to be born at Port Lympne reserve, near Hythe, since 1989.


Getaway driver jailed for three years

The getaway driver for a violent robbery in Hythe has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Boyd Williams, 22, of Albert Road, Hythe, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 24 July after admitting his role in the offence at an earlier hearing.

Boyd Williams has been jailed for three years Credit: Kent Police

Investigations by detectives from Kent Police established Boyd drove two men to the town at 11am on 13 May 2013 in his black Ford Fiesta and dropped them off in Bank Street/High Street.

A short time later, the same two men assaulted a local businessman. They hit and punched him in the face and snatched two carrier bags with cash inside. One of the bags split open and was left behind.

The pair then jumped back into Williams’ Fiesta, to make their escape but they came to a stop in Dental Street as they were unable to get past a lorry making a delivery to a local shop.

All three men abandoned the car and fled the scene but the following day Williams was arrested.

Throughout the investigation and court appearances, Williams has never identified the two men who he drove to Hythe and fled the scene with.

"Williams did plead guilty, but he has never identified his two accomplices, however his successful conviction shows that Kent Police will vigorously investigate and bring to justice to all those involved in committing serious crime."

– Police Sergeant Darren Manktelow

Man due in court charged with sexual assault

Police have tonight charged a 30 year old man in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in Kent. Christopher Michael Hatcher, 30, of Dymchurch Road in Hythe, has been charged with sexual assault, kidnap, false imprisonment, outraging public decency and robbery. It follows an alleged attack in Hythe on the 22nd of June. He is due to appear before Medway magistrates on Friday.

Concerns for missing Hythe woman

Kelly Garrett was last seen dropping her son off at school yesterday morning Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned this morning for the safety of 38-year-old Kelly Garrett from Hythe. She didn’t pick up her son from Hythe Primary School yesterday afternoon and was last seen dropping him off in the morning.

Kelly’s family are worried because her disappearance is out of character, although she has been upset recently. She didn't tell anyone she wouldn't be picking up her son. Kelly has also left her keys and phone at home.

Kelly was last seen wearing light coloured, possibly white leggings or skinny jeans, a bright coloured top and was carrying a beige shoulder bag. Her hair has recently changed and is described as a bob style, which is a vibrant red colour.

Man jailed for 10 years for offences against children

Martin Locke has been sent to jail for 10 years Credit: Kent Police

A man from Hythe has been jailed for 10 years for committing offences against children.

Martin Locke, who is 64-years-old, had been in contact via email to arrange and take part in the sexual assault of two children aged 11 and 7.

However, before the meeting could take place, officers went to his address in Tanners Hill in Hythe with a search warrant where he was arrested and later charged.

Whilst on remand, officers found further evidence to charge Locke with.

He was found to have sexually assaulted two girls aged 12 and 13 as well as distributing indecent images of children.

Officers also found footage from where Locke had filmed up girls' skirts without them knowing.

Detective Constable Matthew Avery from Kent Police said, "I am pleased that we have been able to put a stop to his offending and to prevent anyone else becoming a victim of his crimes."

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