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Witnesses Sought Following High Street Assault

Witnesses Sought Following High Street Assault

Witnesses are being sought following reports of two men being assaulted in a car park near Sittingbourne High Street.

At round 7.50pm on Monday 4th November, the two victims were walking along the High Street when a group of young people began to follow them. They were reportedly followed through the churchyard of St Michael's Church and into the car park in St Michael's Road. In the car park, both victims were allegedly punched to the ground and assaulted as they tried to protect themselves. Both men were taken to a hospital with injuries. The same group of youths were also reported to be throwing stones at a shop in the High Street at a similar time.

Officer in charge of the investigation, PC Richard Cousins told SFM News: "we believe there may be witnesses to this incident, however, they have not yet come forward. Anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or has any information, is urged to call Kent Police on 01795 419 119 quoting crime reference 46/212024/19. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously by calling 0800 555 111, or you can use the anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.


Police Witness Appeal After High Street Assault

Police Witness Appeal After High Street Assault

Witnesses are being sought by officers after a man was assaulted in Sittingbourne High Street ast week.

At around 7.30pm last Thursday (24th October) it was reported that the victim was walking along the High Street from the direction of East Street. As he walked past the graveyard, he was approached by a group of young men. One of the group jumped on the victim and they both fell to the floor. Whilst on the ground the victim was allegedly kicked in the face and hit in the head with a traffic cone sustaining facial injuries.

Following enquiries, a 20-year-old man from Sittingbourne was arrested on suspicion of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm. He was later released pending further investigations.

Officer in charge of the investigation, PC Elliot told SFM News: "We believe there may be multiple witnesses to this incident, however, they have not yet come forward".

Anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or has any information, is urged to call Kent Police on 01795 419 119 quoting crime reference 46/204776/19. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Kent Crimestoppers free and anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using their anonymous online form at: Crimestoppers-uk.org.

Swale Youngsters Attend Bike Safety Event

Swale Youngsters Attend Bike Safety Event

A group of young people recently attended a thought provoking afternoon which discussed road safety and the consequences of carelessly riding bikes.

The Road Safety Experience, in Rochester, hosted the teenagers from both Swale and Tonbridge and Malling on Thursday (24th October).

The event was arranged by Kent Police Youth Engagement Officers, with support provided by Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Kent County Council, Medway Council and Community Cycleworks, a not for profit organisation that promotes safe cycling amongst young people.

They reviewed a scene that has been constructed to show a collision between a bike and a car.

They then had the opportunity to speak with officers, take part in group exercises and view equipment Kent Fire and Rescue Service often used at the scene of serious collisions.

Ian Henderson, a Youth Engagement Officer for Kent Police, told SFM News: "The aim of the afternoon was to be thought-provoking, interactive and fun but we did not ignore the hard-hitting points and reality of road safety we wanted to get across. Cycling is an excellent sport but, like many things, we do sometimes take it for granted and ignore some of the risks that come with it. We hope that by sharing our experiences with young people, we can promote safer riding and prevent a serious injury."

Cllr Phil Filmer, Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services at Medway Council, told SFM News: "We are pleased to have worked closely with our partner agencies on this intervention and we will continue to work closely with schools across Medway to help teach pupils the importance of road safety. We also deliver bikeability training to schools which includes advice on how to plan journeys on busy roads. As daylight hours draw in I would like to encourage cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and other road users to make sure they are visible by wearing bright and reflective clothing. We all have a responsibility to help keep Medway's roads safe."

Masked Burglars Target Sittingbourne Home

Masked Burglars Targeted Sittingbourne Home

Masked burglars who targeted a Sittingbourne home are being sought by investigators.

The incident is reported to have happened at around 8:00pm on Friday (25th October), at a private address in South Green.

Three men entered the premises holding screwdrivers and threatened the two occupants before leaving with a quantity of cash and jewellery.

The men are described as wearing balaclavas, dark jackets and jeans. One of them is said to have spoken with a foreign accent.

Anyone who has information that may assist the investigation or who has CCTV or dash cam footage from the area around the time of the incident, is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604 100, quoting crime reference 46/205511/19.

Alternatively you can call Kent Crimestoppers, free and anonymously on 0800 555 111 or complete an online form at: www.crimestoppers-uk.org.



Witnesses Sought Following M2 Fatal Collision

Witnesses Sought Following M2 Fatal Collision

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the M2 near Medway earlier this afternoon (Tuesday 8th October).

Officers were called to the coastbound carriageway of the motorway, near the services between junctions 4 (Gillingham) and 5 (Sittingbourne), at 1.36pm where a collision had taken place involving a white lorry and grey BMW estate car.

A man aged in his 20s sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and was taken into police custody.

An investigation into the collision is being carried out by the Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) who are asking drivers to check their dashcams for anything which might assist their enquiries.

People who witnessed the collision are asked to call the SCIU appeal line on 01622 798538 quoting RY/FM/108/19.


Major Power Cut Hits Hundreds Of Homes

Major Power Cut Hits Hundreds Of Homes

Hundreds of homes and businesses in the Sittingbourne area are still without power after a fault, pinpointed to a pole near the junction of Panteny Lane and School Lane in Bapchild.

Initially, 3,906 homes and businesses across the town were affected shortly after 9.00am this morning (Thursday 3rd October) and by 10.30am more than 300 customers were still without power.

A UK Power Networks spokesman told SFM News that: "Engineers are working as quickly as possible to restore electricity supplies to 318 customers in Sittingbourne. We understand how difficult it is being without electricity and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused. We ae now estimating that we will have power back on between 4.30pm and 5.30pm this afternoon. Some properties may be back on sooner than others".

Stay tuned to 106.9 SFM for the latest.

Sittingbourne Man Jailed For Faversham Park Assault

Sittingbourne Man Jailed For Faversham Park Assault

A Sittingbourne man has been jailed after he assaulted a teenager in a park in Faversham last September.

Shane Scamp, of Wild Ash Croft, kicked the boy in the face because he thought he was laughing at his friend. The 21-year old was arrested and charged with grievous bodily harm with intent. He pleaded guilty to the charge at Maidstone Crown Court and was sentenced to three and a half year's imprisonment.

The court heard that around 7.00pm on Thursday 13th September 2018, two teenagers were socialising in the recreation ground near Park Road in Faversham. They were sitting on the grass when they noticed two men near the skate park area being rowdy and drinking from a bottle. One of the men, Scamp, approached the teenagers accusing them of laughing at his friend. Whilst he was still sitting Scamp struck one of the teenagers in the face with the back of his hand. He then kicked him in the face causing him to fall backwards and lose consciousness for a few minutes.

The police were called and witnesses were able to identify Scamp as the offender. He fled the scene and officers pursued him on foot, however, he was handed a bicycle by an unknown youth and was able to escape. Further investigation confirmed Scamp had carried out the assault and eight days later officers arrested him at his home address.

The victim had sustained a fractured cheekbone which required surgery. Scamp was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was sentenced to three years and six months at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday 23 September 2019.

Investigating officer, Police Constable Luke Challinger, told SFM News "The victim of this case, who was significantly younger than the offender, was socialising with his friend and Scamp viciously kicked him in the face for no reason causing serious injury. His violent behaviour during this unprovoked attack is unacceptable and a custodial sentence is entirely justified."

Thomas Cook Last-Ditch Rescue Talks Fail

Thomas Cook Last-Ditch Rescue Talks Fail

The Forum branch of Thomas Cook Closed

Following the collapse of Thomas Cook, after last-minute negotiations aimed at saving the 178-year-old holiday firm failed, the branch here in Sittingbourne has closed with immediate effect.

It's believed that 6 people are employed locally in the branch located in The Forum Shopping Cemtre and that staff were led to believe that the company would be able to "turn around" afer it's recent difficulties.

The collapse of the firm has triggered the biggest ever peacetime repatriation, aimed at bringing more than 150,000 British holidaymakers home.


Harry Potter Star Set For Sittingbourne Xmas Panto

Harry Potter Star Set For Sittingbourne Xmas Panto

It may only be September but the stars of this year's Swallow's Leisure Centre pantomime "The Wizard of Oz" have been in town and On Air to officially launch the show! 

Headlining this year's Pantomime is Harry Potter star Chris Rankin, best known for his role as Percy Weasley in the hit movies and returning Eastender's star Melissa Suffield, best known for her role as Lucy Beale for a number of years.

The fun-filled family musical has been turned into a pantomime for all. Following a hugely successful summer season run throughout 2013 in Blackpool and four nationwide tours in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Trio Entertainment's production of "The Wizard of Oz" will be at Swallows Leisure Centre in Sittingbourne from 15th December to 24th December 2019 and is brought to you in association with 106.9 SFM for the seventh year!

Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, The Tin-man and The Cowardly Lion on their adventure to see The Wizard of Oz for their dreams to be fulfilled. Chris will be playing the part of the Wizard of Oz alongside Melissa as Dorothy.

Melissa told SFM's 'In The Bourne': "This is my third time playing Dorothy having played the part in 2014 and 2018 for Trio Entertainment and I can't wait to be back, Its extra special to have Chris as the Wizard as we both appeared on Celebrity Total Wipeout together a few years ago and did pantomime together in Bradford last year."

Producer Kevin Brown said " The Wizard of Oz promises magic, music and laughter by the bucket load. We've got a fantastic family pantomime for all the family and we cant wait for Christmas time in Sittingbourne. We have been producing the Sittingbourne pantomime since 2012 and each year the show gets bigger and better."

Joining Chris and Melissa will be star of X Factor Soheila Clifford, as The Evil Witch Of The West and back by popular demand from last year's pantomime  Tom Balmont returns as the Loveable Scarecrow. Ryan Byrne joins the cast as The Tin-Man, Kassie Malam as the magical Glinda The Good Fairy and"Jay Wallace Langan as the Cowardly Lion. The Show also features dancers from the Kent School of Dance again this year.

The Wizard of Oz runs from Sunday 15th December to Tuesday 24th December at The Swallows Leisure Centre in Sittingbourne. For further information and to book tickets visit www.sittingbournepanto.co.uk, or you can book in person or by calling the box office on 01795 420 420 - tickets strart from only £9.00 per person.

KCC Trading Standards Warn Of New Scam

KCC Trading Standards Warn Of New Scam

KCC Trading Standards say that they have received a number of reports concenring a scam targeting residents throughout Kent, with offers of security checks and security alarms.

How the scam works:

• The criminal cold calls by telephone
• They may say they are calling to let you know about a crime awareness campaign running in your area
• They offer a security check of your home and to fit a security alarm
• They claim to be working for the Council security team
• In one incident when the resident said another adult lived at the property the criminal hung up

How to protect yourself:

• Do not respond to cold callers
• Never agree to work from cold a caller
• Follow the Kent Police 3 Step Protect advice to keep your home safe
• If you require home security use reputable traders who are members of the KCC Trading Standards approved trader scheme, run in partnership with Checkatrade
• Get a minimum of 3 quotes in writing



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