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Police Property Fund Makes Donation To Local School

Police Property Fund Makes Donation To Local School

A Sittingbourne Parent and Teachers Association has received a cash boost from the Kent Police Property Fund.

The Tunstall Primary School PTA received the donation at it's summer fete, which took place on Saturday 7th July.

The funds, £400 in total, were handed over by PCSO Ryan Atherton and will be used to fund new playground equipment at the school.

PCSO Atherton told SFM News: "the PTA for Tunstall Primary School does an excellent job promoting the welfare and providing activities for its pupils. I am pleased to be able to present them with this money, which I know will be put to good use."

The Kent Police Property Fund is made up of the proceeds from the sale, at auction, of unclaimed property and items which have been seized during police operations. Proceeds from the auctions are regularly distributed to local charities and voluntary groups.

More information on the Kent Police Property fund can be found here: https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/community-support/kent-police-property-fund.

Standing Corn Fire In Stockbury

Standing Corn Fire In Stockbury

Approximately 10 acres of standing corn was destroyed by fire in fields adjacent to Fimbury Lane and Yelsted Lane, Stockbury near Sittingbourne last night (Sunday 15th July).

Kent Fire and Rescue Service's Emergency Control Centre coinfirmed that they had received a number of 999 calls reporting the fire.

Around 25 firefighters and six fire engines were initially sent to tackle the blaze and crews worked hard to bring it under control. They were successfully able to reduced the incident to four fire engines by 7.20pm and cleared the scene at around 9.00pm.

The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.

Man Arrested Following Stop Check In Sittingbourne

Man Arrested Following Stop Check In Sittingbourne

A routine stop check by Kent Police officers has led to a man being arrested on suspicion of a drug offence.

Officers from the Swale Community Policing Team conducted a stop check of a car in Sittingbourne High Street yesterday (Wednesday (11th July).

When searching the car they found class A drugs, a mobile phone and cash.

The man, a 19-year-old from Sittingbourne, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and is currently in police custody.

Iwade Waste Fire Spreads To Shed And Outbuilding

Iwade Waste Fire Spreads To Shed And Outbuilding

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) were called reports of a shed alight on School Lane in Iwade earlier today.

The Sittingbourne crew were called out at around 1:35pm to a large pile of rubbish that had caught alight and spread to a nearby shed and an outbuilding.

Four fire engines and a bulk water carrier attended, with crews wearing breathing apparatus and using two hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze. There were no reported injuries and the cause is not known at this stage.


MP's Facebook Page Being Investigated

MP's Facebook Post Being Investigated

MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey Gordon Henderson's Facebook page may have fallen foul of new GDPR regulations.

In a Facebook post commenting about the death of 100-year old widow Zofija Kaczan, who relocated to Britain from Poland after the Second World War and was cruelly mugged whilst walking to church in Derby recently, Mr Henderson's page asked for the re-establishment of capital punishment.

A number of comments for and against were then published on the Facebook post and details of an 'open letter', which had been sent to Mr Henderson's office from a number of local constituents, were published, including their names and partial addresses. 

It's understood that a number of constituents, whose details were published, have complained to Conservative Party HQ and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), who administers breaches of the GDPR regulations.

Mr Henderson's office said they were unsure if an ICO investigation was actually taking place and felt it wouldn't be appropriate to comment until such a matter (if instigated) had been concluded.

A spokesman for the ICO confirmed that they had been made aware of an incident relating to an MP's social media account and would be making enquiries.

CCTV Image Released After Sittingbourne Robbery

CCTV Image Released After Sittingbourne Robbery

Kent Police officers, investigating a report that a robbery took place at a shop in Sittingbourne, have today released a CCTV image of a man who may be able to assist with their enquiries.

The incident took place in St John's Avenue at around 9.50pm on Monday 4th June and a quantity of cash and cigarettes is reported to have been stolen.

No one sustained any injuries and, following enquiries, officers have identified a man who they would like to speak with.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01795 419119 quoting XY/33627/18.

Or, alternatively, they can contact Kent Crimestoppers, free and anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Regeneration Road Closures Now In Place

Regeneration Road Closures Now In Place

The major roadworks, for the town centre regeneration, have commenced and will be in place until late September / early October.

The A2 St Michael's Road and B2008 Milton Road are partially closed for the next 17 weeks. The affected area on the A2 St Michael's Road is between the junction with Dover Street and Station Street.

HGVs and through traffic will be diverted along Dover Street, West Street, A2 London Road, Key Street, the Key Street Roundabout, The Old Sheppey Way, Bobbing Interchange, B2006 Staplehurst Link Road, St Paul's Street, Mill Way, Eurolink Way and Crown Quay Lane.

Vehicles under 11ft 9in (3.5m) and heading eastwards towards Teynham will still be able to use St Michael's Road, Dover Street, B2008 Milton Road, B2006 Eurolink Way and Crown Quay Lane.

Cars going west will be able to use St Michael's Road, Station Street and West Street.

The following roads will become two-way during this period, namely:-

  • Dover Street between St Michael's Road and Milton Road (past The Water Palace Chinese Restaurant)
  • West Street between Dover Street and Station Road (between The Golden Hope and Wilkos)
  • Station Road from West Street to the back of The Forum Shopping Centre

Some restrictions may still apply outside the overnight working hours - so stay tuned to 106.9 SFM for the latest updates.

MP Welcomes New M2 Junction 5 Proposal

MP Welcomes New M2 Junction 5 Proposal

Gordon Henderson MP has welcomed the announcement by Highways England of their preferred option for a new M2 Junction 5 at Stockbury.

The new design, known as Option 4H1, benefits from a flyover, taking through traffic on the A249 over the existing roundabout. Work on the £85m scheme is set to start by March 2020.

Gordon told SFM News: "I opposed the previous design because it introduced more traffic lights to the junction and did not provide the through route for A249 traffic via a flyover. I have been lobbying government and Highways England for many months, as I know Kent County Council and others have, and I am delighted our voices have been heard. The long overdue improvements will be welcomed by the thousands who currently queue there each morning. The new junction will also address the safety issues at the existing roundabout and on the approaches on the A249. The area has one of the worse safety records on the road network."



Traffic Chaos As The Town Is Hit With Flash Floods

Pic @WindyWilson88 on Twitter


Parts of the M2, A249 and A2 are submerged in water following heavy downpours and thunderstorms earlier today.


A Met Office Yellow Warning remains in place for Sittingbourne overnight and into tomorrow morning's rush hour.


A249 remains closed in both directions between M2 Junction 5 (Sittingbourne) and M20 Junction 7 (Maidstone). Highways England expect this to be in place until tomorrow morning.

Highways England tweeted:

Traffic in the centre of Sittingbourne was also hit hard by flash floods causing long delays including Crown Quay Lane, Gas Road, Mill Way, Pavillion Drive and Asda Car Park.

Follow the hastag on Twitter (#SFMTravel) for the latest and don't forget to tune into Pete Flynn In The Morning tomorrow morning from 7.00am for the latest traffic and travel updates.

Phase 2 Roadworks About To Commence

Phase 2 Roadworks About To Commence

The official advice from the Spirit of Sittingbourne, who are progressing the plans for the town centre regeneration, is to avoid travelling through Sittingbourne town centre if possible from 29th May until the 3rd September.

This period will see the largest and most disruptive phase of the development and full details on exactly what is happening can be found on our associate website: www.sittingbourne.me.


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