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Council admits it was wrong to hound widower over dead wife's £8.62 debt

Mr Sagoo was hounded for £8.62 Credit: ITV

Sevenoaks Council has admitted it was wrong to contact a widower to request a debt from his dead wife. It sent numerous demands for £8.62 despite the fact Shamsher Sagoo's wife had died last June from cancer. In the end Mr Sagoo, from Edenbridge, said he was forced to take his wife's ashes to the town hall to prove she was dead.

"We are extremely sorry we have caused distress to Mr Sagoo and accept we have made a mistake. We have spoken with Mr Sagoo and expressed our deepest apologies and we are no longer requesting this money. Letters should not have been sent to the late Mrs Sagoo and as a result of this incident we are reviewing our procedures to ensure it cannot happen again.”

– Sevenoaks Council

Two Akita dogs stolen from house

These two Akita dogs have been stolen from a house in Sevenoaks Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police is appealing for information after two Akita dogs were reported stolen from a house in Horton Kirby, Sevenoaks.

The incident occurred between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 1 August 2015.

It was reported that the owner of the dogs locked them away in a room at her house in Carleton Place before going out for a couple of hours. When she returned the door to the room had been opened and the dogs had gone.

Anyone with information is asked to call the appeal line on 01622 604100 quoting reference YY/15239/15 or email Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Gang jailed for burgling more than 100 homes

Four members of a burglary gang in Kent have been jailed after more than a hundred homes were targeted.

The men were arrested after a victim caught them at her home in Sevenoaks.

Joseph Mahon, 20, from Cambridge, and Teresa Connors, 21, from Essex, were part of the group which made the robberies between March and September 2014, stealing nearly £1 million worth of cars and property.

Jailed: (from top left) Butler, Wall, Shillingford and Mahon

Mahon and Connors, who are also believed to have burgled two other homes the same day in White Hart Wood and Garth Road, pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary. Mahon was jailed for three years and four months, and Connors for eight months.

The other members of the gang were Connors’ boyfriend Luke Wall, 24, from Essex; Kyle Shillingford, 27, of no fixed address; and Robert Butler, 31, from Essex.

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Young children call 999 to help injured mum

A young brother and sister have been praised by paramedics for dialing 999 when their mother injured her head. James Dean, who's 7, and his 6-year-old sister Annabelle raised the alarm when mum Stephanie fell off a chair in her garden in Kent. The swift actions of the two youngsters meant an ambulance was dispatched to take their mother to hospital. Tom Savvides has this report.

Man jailed for sexually assaulting woman while she slept

A man has been jailed for breaking into a woman's home and sexually assaulting her as she slept.

Samuel Miller's victim ran out of the house screaming when she woke to find him in her home.

Miller, 30, of St John’s Road, Sevenoaks had been out walking alone in the town in the early hours of 26th July 2014.

The victim had been sleeping on her sofa when she woke to find Miller sexually assaulting her.

She told him to leave but he came back again by forcing a window. The victim then ran out into the street, screaming for help.

Miller was sentenced to five years in prison at Maidstone Crown Court.

‘The court has seen through Miller’s lies and recognised that the victim was entirely blameless for his despicable behaviour. 'I hope that the sentence passed will now provide some comfort and reassurance to the victim, that he no longer poses a danger.’

– Detective Constable Raj Dusanjh, Kent Police

Appeal following fatal crash

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses to come forward following a fatal road traffic collision near Sevenoaks.

Officers were called at 2.42am this morning to reports of a single vehicle collision involving a black Vauxhall Zafira on the northbound carriageway of the A21 between Sevenoaks and Swanley.

The driver, a 43-year-old man from Essex, was pronounced dead at the scene and the road is closed as a result.

Traffic is advised to find alternative routes whilst officers from Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit carry out their enquiries.

Anyone with information about the collision or who may have seen the black Vauxhall Zafira in the moments beforehand is urged to contact the SCIU appeal line on 01622 798538.

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