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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

Kent schools still waiting for rebuilds

It's four years since the government scrapped a major programme to rebuild hundreds of schools. Some transferred to a replacement scheme, but for several in the region no plans have been drawn up - and they don't know when work will actually begin.

In total - 13 schools in poor condition are due to be rebuilt in Kent - they include Smarden Primary, Westlands Primary and Aylesham Primary.

Kent cabinet member for education, Cllr Roger Gough, says progress has been slow - and things would have progressed much more quickly if rebuilds had been organised locally.

The government though says work is ahead of schedule and all schools will be completed by 2017. Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford reports on the conditions some school are having to cope with while they wait.


Pig farmer's anger at 'poor standards' of EU competitors

Many years ago pig farmers in Britain spent a fortune on improving animal welfare standards because EU laws demanded it.

Now it turns out that many farmers in Europe failed to do the same. It meant their pork was cheaper and British farmers lost out.

So what's the EU going to do to force European farmers to adopt the standards it recommended 14 years ago?

David Johns reports and speaks to pig farmer David Brown from Meopham, Richard Ashworth MEP and butcher Ian Chatfield. Video footage courtesy of Animal Aid and the EU.