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Wife Pays Tribute To Man Killed In Shooting

Wife Pays Tribute To Man Killed In Shooting

A man killed following a shooting near Sittingbourne has been named as 56 year-old Steven Langley, a former Kent Firefighter.

Mr Langley died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen in Tonge on Friday afternoon (29th November), during an incident which Kent Police officers are now treating as a murder investigation.

Kent Police had initially been called at 2.45pm to reports that a man had been wounded in Lower Road. Mr Langley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Simon Olsen, aged 54 and of no fixed abode, was charged with Mr Langley's murder over the weekend and remains in police custody.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Detective Inspector Gavin Moss, of the Serious Crime Directorate told SFM News: "We are continuing to investigate the circumstances that have led to this tragic death. Mr Langley was a much loved father and husband and was also a well known member of his local community".

The victim's wife, Lucia Langley, paid tribute to her husband, who ran the Bax Farm Fisheries in Tonge and told SFM News "He was a gentle giant with a heart of gold. He loved his family, who always came first, and he would do anything for anybody."

A249 Stockbury Collision Witness Appeal

A249 Stockbury Collision Witness Appeal

Collision investigators, from Kent Police, are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic incident on the A249 near Stockbury on Friday 22nd November) that left a motorcyclist with serious injuries.

The accident happened at about 5.30pm when a green Kawasaki motorcycle was in collision with a bronze-coloured Ford Fiesta on the Maidstone bound carriageway of the A249. The motorbike had been travelling coastbound but completed a U-turn at the Hucking turn-off. It then accelerated on the A249 heading in the direction of Maidstone when it's believed it collided with the rear of the car.

The motorcyclist, a 43 year old man, suffered a serious head and back injury and was taken to a hospital in London, where his condition remains serious. The driver of the car, a woman, was uninjured.

The road was closed for about five hours to allow collision investigators to conduct an examination of the scene and recover the vehicle involved.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, at Police Headquarters in Maidstone, on 01622 798538 quoting CAD 22-1186.

Free Anti-Burglary Packs On Offer Locally

Free Anti-Burglary Packs On Offer Locally

Kent Police are urging residents throughout Swale to safeguard their homes and their belongings with the help of free anti-burglary packs.

Officers will be in Sittingbourne, Faversham and Sheppey for the remainder of this month, handing out infra-red battery operated alarms, UV pens to mark property, timer switches to help make empty homes appear occupied and personal attack alarms. The packs are free as part of Kent Police's Stay Safe this Autumn campaign.

Police Community Support Officers will be handing them out, offering crime prevention advice and listening to residents' concerns at a number of Police Contact Points across Swale. In addition to being able to contact Kent Police via phone, email, social media and traditional police stations, members of the public can also engage with officers at Police Contact Points. They are held each day from Wednesday through to Sunday when police vans will stop at a prominent location for an hour and mainly visit rural locations.

District Commander for Swale, Chief Inspector Tony Henley of Kent Police,told SFM News: "My officers will be out and about across the three towns and rural areas, offering crime prevention advice and listening to any concerns you may have. While we do all we can to arrest and put before the courts those that commit burglary in our communities, why not take some simple steps yourself to ensure you are not a victim of crime. By visiting one of our Police Contact Points, you can get a free anti-burglary pack and pick up some valuable tips to keep yourself and your property safe.
‘Police Contact Points are just another way in which you can contact your local officer, you can also get in contact with your neighbourhood policing by calling 101, through Twitter, online beat meetings, town surgeries and of course by visiting your local station."

Officers will be at the following locations this month:

Wednesday 13th November
- 12pm-1pm at Selling Railway Station, Selling Road in Selling.
- 2pm-3pm at Boughton Village Hall, Bull Lane in Boughton-under-Blean.
- 5pm-6pm at Northdown, off The Street in Doddington.

Thursday 14th November
- 12pm-1pm at St John the Baptist Church, Tunstall Road in Tunstall.
- 2pm-3pm at Mountview in Borden.
- 5pm-6pm at Bredgar Village Hall, Bexon Lane in Sittingbourne.

Friday 15th November
- 12pm - 1pm Newington Village Hall, High Street, Sittingbourne ME9 7JJ
- 2pm - 3pm Upchurch Village Hall, The Street, Sittingbourne ME9 7EU
- 5pm - 6pm Lower Halstow Village Hall, School Lane, Lower Halstow ME9 7ET

Saturday 16th November
- 12pm-1pm at Sheerstone in Iwade.
- 2pm-3pm at Eastchurch Village Hall, Warden Road in Eastchurch.
- 5pm-6pm at Swale Council car park, Imperial Drive in Warden.

Sunday 17th November
- 12pm-1pm outside Teynham Village Hall, Belle Friday Close in Teynham.
- 2pm-3pm at St Laurence Church, The Street in Bapchild.
- 5pm-6pm at Bobbing Village Hall, Sheppey Way in Bobbing.

Wednesday 27th November
- 12pm-1pm at Selling Railway Station, Selling Road in Selling.
- 2pm-3pm at Boughton Village Hall, Bull Lane in Boughton-under-Blean.
- 5pm-6pm at Northdown, off The Street in Doddington.

Thursday 28th November
- 12pm-1pm at St John the Baptist Church, Tunstall Road in Tunstall.
- 2pm-3pm at Mountview, Borden.
- 5pm-6pm at Bredgar Village Hall, Bexon Lane in Sittingbourne.

Friday 29th November
- 12pm-1pm at Newington Village Hall, High Street in Sittingbourne.
- 2pm-3pm at Upchurch Village Hall, The Street in Sittingbourne.
- 5pm-6pm at Lower Halstow Village Hall, School Lane in Lower Halstow.

Saturday 30th November
- 12pm-1pm at Sheerstone in Iwade.
- 2pm-3pm at Eastchurch Village Hall, Warden Road in Eastchurch.
- 5pm-6pm at Swale Council car park, Imperial Drive in Warden.

 

Appeal After "Nasty Attack" In Lower Halstow

Appeal After "Nasty Attack" In Lower Halstow

Officers from Kent Police are investigating a reported robbery during which a woman was sprayed with a noxious substance are appealing for help from the public.

Between 11.45am and midday on Sunday (3rd November), a man is alleged to have assaulted a female cashier in the BestOne store on Burntwick Drive in Lower Halstow, before fleeing the shop.

The offender, described as a white man aged between 18 and 20 and around 5ft 6ins tall, had entered the shop and taken a can of energy drink to the counter. When the victim, a woman in her 50s, was ringing up the purchase, he put his hand in the open till and, at the same time, sprayed her shoulder and the left side of her face with what is believed to be a form of pepper spray. He pushed the woman backwards into a display of alcohol before running out of the shop. The victim managed to call police and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Detectives are now asking anybody who recognises the description of the offender - who was clean-shaven and wearing paint-stained jogging bottoms and a dark-coloured hooded top with the hood up - to get in touch.

Investigating officer, DC Stewart Catt of Kent Police, told SFM News that "this was a nasty attack on a defenceless woman in her place of work. Although she was not seriously injured, she has been left traumatised and fearful to return to the shop. I am asking anybody who has any information whatsoever about this incident to call me on 01634 792418, quoting crime reference XY/035427/13.
Or if you'd prefer to remain anonymous, you can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonimously on 0800 555111. Any piece of information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, can be a vital clue for our investigators, so please don't hesitate to come forward."

Police Appeal After Mobile Phone Robbery

Police Appeal After Mobile Phone Robbery

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was reportedly robbed of his mobile phone in Sittingbourne.

Officers are investigating the circumstances around the incident, which is alleged to have taken place between 8.50pm and 9.15pm on Saturday (2nd November) evening.

The victim, a local man in his 30s, was walking along Mill Way, near the junction with Tribune Drive, wearing earphones when he was approached by two men.

One of his assailants hit him in the face and demanded his Samsung Galaxy mobile phone. The victim handed it over and the offenders made off.

Both offenders are described as white men aged approximated 28 to 30. The first is described as being of fat build, wearing a white jacket. He was around 5ft 8ins tall, with cropped hair and stubble. The second man was around 6ft tall, with cropped hair and a slim build. He was believed to be wearing a blue jacket, a sports jacket, white shoes and jeans.

Investigating officer, DC Stewart Catt of Kent Police, told SFM News that "the victim was left shaken by this assault, when violence was used to steal a valuable piece of his property. We take all such incidents very seriously and I would welcome anybody who witnessed the robbery, or who may have information regarding it, getting in touch."

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call DC Catt directly on 01634 792418, quoting crime reference XY/35383/13 or, alternatively, they can contact Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonimously on 0800 555111.

 

Drugs Supply Investigation - Arrests Made

Drugs Supply Investigation - Arrests Made

The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have arrested and charged a number of people from across the county following a long-term operation to disrupt the supply of class A and class B drugs locally.

A total of 14 people were arrested in the early hours of Monday (14th October) and yesterday (Tuesday 15th October) following a series of co-ordinated warrants executed at addresses in Maidstone, Rainham, Gillingham, Chatham, Sheerness and West Malling.

Locally Josh William Murphy, 24 and of Mallow Road in Sheerness was charged with conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge, Head of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, told SFM News "these arrests and charges come following months of investigations by our detectives and staff. In total we have recovered drugs with a street value of more than £2.5m as well as seizing more than a quarter of a million pounds in cash directly from these suspects. These arrests relate to the organised supply of drugs on a large scale within Kent and send a clear message that drugs will not be tolerated. This activity has significantly disrupted the supply of drugs within the county and we will continue to target the individuals responsible for this activity and bring them to justice".

School Closures As Teachers Go On Strike

School Closures As Teachers Go On Strike

Members of the NUT (National Union Of Teachers) and NASUWT (National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers) are taking industrial action on Thursday 17th October and a number of local schools in the Sittingbourne area are likely to be affected.

The unions are taking the action over a range of issues affecting teachers including pay, pensions, what they say are excessive workloads, working conditions and job cuts. They say teachers are deeply concerned about the impact these imposed changes are having on the morale of the teaching profession, the recruitment and retention of teachers and on the provision of quality education for pupils.

The Government's Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is accused of making changes to teachers' pay, pensions and conditions of service which in turn are making it harder for schools to recruit and retain good teachers. The main bone of contention in this dispute is the Government's intention to introduce of a tougher version of performance related pay in, what the unions describe, is an attack on national pay structures. 

It is anticipated that three Sittingbourne schools will be completely closed to pupils tomorrow - Westlands, Sittingbourne Community College and Murston Junior School. These three schools will be shut to all year groups whilst there will also be partial closures at Fulston Manor, Borden Grammar and the Milton Court Academy.

Stay tuned to 106.9 SFM for the latest on those school closures from 7.00am on "Pete Flynn In The Morning" or check this website and/or our Twitter feed @SFMRadio - which is also displayed on our Main Page on this website.

 

Witness Appeal Following A2 Collision

Witness Appeal Following A2 Collision

Kent Police are still appealing for witnesses to a serious collision in Sittingbourne on the evening of Monday 7th October.

Collision investigators attended the A2 London Road at 7.05pm, after it was reported that a man jogging outside the Coniston Hotel, who had crossed the road had been involved in a collision with a silver Mercedes CLK 320.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, suffered serious head and leg injuries and was taken by road ambulance to a London hospital.

The driver of the car was not injured.

Officers from Kent Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating and are appealing for witnesses to contact them directly on 01622 798538.

Driver Sought After Witnessing Teynham Accident

Driver Sought After Witnessing Teynham Accident

Officers from Kent Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit have released an image of a car they would like to trace following a fatal road traffic collision in Teynham.

Collision investigators are keen to speak to the driver of a dark coloured hatchback that is seen to stop momentarily at the scene before driving on.

Officers were called to the A2 London Road at 5.40am on Sunday 8th September after reports a red Honda motorcycle had been in collision with a white Scania articulated HGV.

The motorcyclist, 44 year old local man Jeremy James Nicholson, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the HGV was uninjured.

A 74-year-old man from Dover was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been re-bailed pending further investigation until 8 January 2014.

Investigating officer, Police Sergeant Glyn Walker of SCIU, told SFM News "CCTV footage shows the car slow down and stop momentarily. We are keen to speak to the driver who it's believed might have been following the motorcyclist in the same direction and could have witnessed the collision. It's important to point out that the driver is not in any trouble in relation to this, we just want to speak to him as we continue to build a picture of what happened that day."

Anybody who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, at Kent Police Maidstone Headquarters, on 01622 798538.

Crews Tackle Dutch Barn Fire In Tonge

Crews Tackle Dutch Barn Fire In Tonge

Kent Fire & Rescue (KFRS) firefighters, from Sittingbourne fire station, were called earlier today to tackle a fire in a dutch barn in Tonge.

The KFRS we called shortly afrer 18:15hrs to the dutch barn, situated in Blacketts Road in Tonge, containing approximately 120 tonnes of bayled straw.

Crews were deployed to protect the surrounding area and the barn was allowed to burn under controlled conditions.

Local residents were advised to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution.

Two fire engines with crews attended.

Picture Courtesy of Gary Newson.

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