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Derelict leisure centre fire - 50 homes evacuated

The fire took hold on Wednesday evening Credit: Nick Bultitude

Kent Fire & Rescue Service spent much of last night tackling a blaze at a derelict leisure centre in Northfleet.

They were called to the building on Nelson Road at 6.40pm. Neighbouring residents were advised to close their windows and doors because of all the smoke in the area. About fifty homes in the immediate vicinity of the fire were evacuated with people being taken to the nearby Cignet Leisure Centre.

The police and ambulance crews were deployed to the incident. Kent Police said there were no reports of any injuries. Staff from the local authority and the Kent Resilience Team were also there to help the people who had to leave their homes.

The fire was brought under control by 9.30pm and crews remained at the site to damp down the scene.

Concern for missing teenager

Tia Addison was last seen leaving her home last night Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police is appealing for help to find a missing teenager.

Tia Addison is 14 years-old, and was last seen leaving her home in Gravesend on the evening of 2nd February, at around 8.30pm.

She was believed to be going to Northfleet but has not been seen since and officers are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.


Man found injured in Northfleet

Kent Police is appealing for information after a man was found injured in Northfleet.

The man, in his 40s, reported sustaining injuries in Perry Street between 8pm and 9.15pm on Saturday 4 October.

However, he is unsure how these injuries - which include a fractured jaw, a laceration to the back of his head and possible spinal injuries - may have occurred.

His wallet was also missing.

"We are trying to build up a picture of how the man might have suffered these injuries. I understand he had visited a number of pubs around the Perry Street area earlier in the evening before he sustained these injuries and would be keen to hear from anybody who thinks they can help us understand the circumstances around this and whether there was any third party involvement."

– Detective Sergeant Beverley Morrison of Kent Police

Kent man jailed for sexually abusing young girl

Michael Anderson has been imprisoned after sexually abusing a girl Credit: Kent Police

A Northfleet man has been jailed for 13 years after abusing a young girl.

Michael Anderson, 52-years-old, from Haynes Road, was caused at Maidstone Crown Court of oral rape, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and five counts of sexual assault.

Anderson was also charged with causing a child to watch a sexual act and making indecent images of children.

He was arrested on May 20, 2012 but denied all allegations but was later re-arrested where indecent images were found by officers from Kent Police.

Investigating officer Detective Constable, Fleur Hardie of Kent Police, said: "I hope this sentence reinforces the point that Kent Police supports all victims, and their families, involved in such despicable crimes. We will investigate thoroughly and do our best to put offenders before the courts."

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Len Goodman sings charity's praises

He's the local boy who's a dancing legend - but today, Dartford's Len Goodman made a surprise appearance at a Day Centre in Northfleet - not to dazzle with his fancy footwork, but to have a sing-a-long.

He was visiting a group which has been nominated for a National Lottery Award, and he wasted no time in getting stuck in to numbers like "Rock around the clock".

David Johns went to meet him as well as song club founder Stuart Brown, Heather Pickering from Gravesham Choral Society, and Natasha Brown from the National Lottery Awards.


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