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Driver Who Rammed Two Police Cars Jailed

Driver Who Rammed Two Police Cars In Teynham Jailed

A driver who hit two police cars while trying to evade officers has been jailed.

Bradley Pearce, 36, of no fixed address, was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday (15th October).

He was sentenced to one year and two months in jail after pleading guilty to two charges of criminal damage, one charge of dangerous driving and one charge of possession of a bladed object in a public place.

The judge heard how at 1.45am on Thursday 26th April officers received a call to say that a man wanted in connection with a domestic incident was in the Teynham area.

Officers attended and Pearce was seen driving in Lower Road, Minster and officers started to pursue him.

He then stopped his vehicle where he began shouting at a woman he knew.

Officers blocked in his white Ford transit, with one police car in front and behind, however Pearce drove his van towards the police car and hit it. He then reversed his van hitting the police car behind him before driving forward again and hitting the first vehicle for a second time.

Having damaged the vehicles so the officers were unable to pursue him, he then left the scene and a short time later was located in Bromley where he was arrested.

Inside his van officers found a knife which had been pushed into the seat allowing easy access. He was charged with the offences on Friday 27th April.

Investigating officer PC Adam Blakeman told SFM News: "Pearce's sentence reflects his determination to cause as much damage to the police cars as he could, not only putting his life in danger but those of my colleagues. I am pleased he has been sentenced and I hope that this outcome serves as a deterrent to others".

Suggestions Requested For Community Tree Planting

Suggestions Requested For Community Tree Planting

Local MP, Gordon Henderson is joining over 500 other MPs to plant four trees as part of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

He is now looking for suggestions on where to plant the trees; two in Sittingbourne and two in Sheppey.

The trees, two silver birch and two rowan, donated in partnership with the Woodland Trust, Sainsbury's and ITV, will be planted during a tree planting ceremony between 22nd October and 9th November.

Mr Henderson told SFM News "I am open to suggestions on where the trees could be planted. Locations could include within school grounds, where community groups are based or in open spaces, such as a park. I want the trees to be well looked after and enjoyed by the public".

To provide your suggestions please email: gordon.henderson.mp@parliament.uk with ‘Trees' in the subject line or write to Gordon Henderson MP at: Constituency Office, Top Floor, Unit 10 Periwinkle Court, Church Street, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne ME10 2JZ by Friday 19th October.

 

Witnesses Sought To Sittingbourne Robbery

Witnesses Sought To Sittingbourne Robbery

Officers investigating a report of a robbery in Sittingbourne are appealing for witnesses.

The incident was reported to have happened in a playing field in Rectory Road, Sittingbourne, between 11pm and 11.15pm last Friday (5th October).

The victim was walking home and took a short cut through down Rectory Park and through the park. As he walked through the park a group of people started shouting at him and walking towards him.

The group is then reported to have demanded the victim hand over his belongings and when he refused one of the group used an item to scratch the victims face before they ran away.
The victim returned home and the incident was reported to Kent Police.

Investigating officer PC Mike Wills told SFM News: "This incident was reported to have taken place in a poorly lit area, late at night. We know the group are believed to have been wearing dark coloured tracksuits with their hoods up and one of them is believed to be around 6ft tall. We would like to hear from anyone who saw a group in the area at the time as they may have information which can assist our enquiries".

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police appeals line on 01795 419 119 quoting crime reference XY/063705/18.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sittingbourne Robber Jailed For 4 Years

Sittingbourne Robber Jailed For 4 Years

A robber has been jailed for four years after admitting to stealing from a man in Sittingbourne.

Rolandas Viezauskis, 42, of no fixed address, was sentenced on Friday 5th October at Maidstone Crown Court after pleading guilty to one count of robbery.

The judge heard how at around 10.00pm on Friday 27th July the victim was walking home from Sittingbourne Railway Station and had entered Dover Street where he saw three men standing together.

As he got closer to the group one of the men started to walk towards him and the victim was hit on the right hand side of his head causing him to fall over. He was punched on his head numerous times while on the floor.

The man started shouting at him and demanding his wallet however when the victim put his hand in his pocket he realised his shorts had been ripped and the wallet and his house keys were not there.

The victim told the men they already had his belongings and the three men then walked away leaving the victim alone.

After the incident the victim called Kent Police. On the following day (Saturday 28th August) his wallet was found nearby inside a bin and was handed into Sittingbourne police station.

Inside the wallet was the victim's bank cards, however cash inside the wallet was missing and the house keys were also not found.

As part of the investigation officers sent the victim's shorts off to be examined for any DNA, and Viezauskis' DNA was found on the shorts.

He was arrested on Thursday 6th September 2018 charged by police the same day.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Robert Feasey told SFM News: "This was a nasty and unprovoked attack on a man making his way home and there is no place in society for this type of crime. I'm pleased we were able to identify Viezauskis as being at the scene and I hope his four year jail sentence serves as a deterrent to others not to commit crime".

Sittingbourne Man Found Dead In Rochester

Sittingbourne Man Found Dead In Rochester

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have made an arrest after a man was found dead in Rochester yesterday (Tuesday 18th September).

The deceased, who was 39 and from Sittingbourne, was found dead at the scene after Kent Police was called to the Rochester side of the High Street bridge at 7.23am.

A man in his 30s, who is from Rainham, was arrested in connection with the death at 11.25pm last night (18th September).

Enquiries to establish the cause of the death, which is being treated as suspicious, and the circumstances leading up to it, remain ongoing.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who believes they have information about the man's death, or anyone who heard or saw anything unusual in the High Street / Corporation Street area the previous night or during the early hours of Tuesday 18th September.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Kent Police on 01634 792 209 quoting ref: 18-0194.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Drug Offences

Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Drug Offences

Kent Police officers, on a routine patrol, have arrested a man on suspicion of drug offences in Sittingbourne.

Police were patrolling on Monday (17th September) in Rectory Road when at around 6.00pm a vehicle came to their attention. Officers believed the vehicle may have been involved in drug dealing and carried out a search.

Inside the car officers found drugs, cash, scales and plastic bags. Further searches of the driver's home address also revealed more cash, a number of mobile phones and an amount of cannabis.

A 36-year-old man from Sittingbourne was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

He remains in police custody at this time, while enquiries continue.

 

Another Taxi Driver Robbery - This Time In Kemsley

Another Taxi Driver Robbery - This Time In Kemsley

Kent Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a taxi driver reported being robbed in Kemsley.

The incident happened at around 8.30pm on Saturday (15 September) evening on Flanders Close in Kemsley, after a man had called to book a taxi from the area.

The victim had knocked for the man when he appeared from nearby and told the taxi driver the call was for him. As both men got into the taxi the man pulled out a knife and used it to threaten the taxi driver. The victim quickly got out of the car and locked it with the man still inside. The suspect then kicked out the front passenger window before climbing through it and running off. The man then ran out of the close and towards Ypres Drive towards the direction of the train station.

The suspect has been described as a white man who was about 5ft 10ins tall and was wearing black baggy trousers, a dark long sleeved baggy top and a white scarf with blue stripes which was covering his head so only his eyes were visible.

Officers are connecting this incident to a previous incident in which another taxi driver was robbed last week. That incident was reported to have happened between 10.30pm and 10.40pm on Wednesday 12th on Meads Avenue, Sittingbourne, where a taxi driver was robbed of cash after a man had booked a taxi.

In this incident the suspect had been described as white, stocky build, around 5ft 10ins and wearing a grey jumper, dark grey jogging bottoms and wearing a black scarf which was covering most of his face. He was also wearing a pair of gloves and the hood to his jumper was pulled up.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Kent Police Appeals Line for Swale on 01795 419 119 quoting crime reference XY/58943//18.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police Appeal Following Taxi Driver Robbery

Police Appeal Following Taxi Driver Robbery

Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a taxi driver was robbed in the Sittingbourne area.

The incident is reported to have happened between 10.30pm and 10.40pm on Wednesday (12th September) in Meads Avenue.

It's understood that a man booked a taxi and requested to be collected from Meads Avenue and then taken to Newington. The taxi driver had just started driving when the man asked him to stop. The suspect then took out a bread knife and threatened the driver before demanding that he hand over cash. The driver handed out a quantity of money before the suspect left the scene.

The suspect is described as being white, of stocky build, around 5ft 10ins and wearing a grey jumper, dark grey jogging bottoms and wearing a black scarf, which was covering most of his face. He was also wearing a pair of gloves and the hood to his jumper was pulled up.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Kent Police Appeals Line for Swale on 01795 419 119 quoting crime reference number XY/058339/18 or, alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

Appeal Following Fatal Collision On A249 Detling Hill

Appeal Following Fatal Collision On A249 Detling Hill

Collison investigators are appealing for witnesses following a fatal incident on the A249 Detling Hill earlier today (Thursday 13th September).

Kent Police were called at 6.25am this morning after a red Yamaha motorcycle and a grey Renault people carrier collided on the Sittingbourne-bound carriageway.

Police officers and the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended and sadly the motorcyclist, a man aged in his 30s, died at the scene. His next of kin have been made aware.

The carriageway was closed from the M20 Junction 7 through to the M2 Junction 5, whilst emergency services remained at the scene. The road was re-opened shortly after 3.00pm.

Anyone who saw the collision, or either of the vehicles prior to the collision, is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 798538, quoting reference DK/NR/127/18. Officers are particularly interested in speaking to those who may have dash cam footage. Alternatively you can email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.

 

 

Police Release CCTV After Faversham Burglary

Police Release CCTV After Faversham Burglary

Kent Police have released CCTV of two men they would like to talk to in connection with a burglary in the Faversham area.

A house was reported to have been broken into between 9.30pm on Saturday 25th August and 6.30am on Sunday 26th August in Lion Field, Faversham.

No items were taken from inside the property but windows to the rear of the house were smashed and copper piping had been pulled up from the floor of an upstairs room which led to the boiler.

Having carried out various enquiries our officers have identified CCTV images of two men they would like to talk to in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call our appeal line for Faversham on 01795 419119 quoting crime reference XY/053991/18.

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