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Man Arrested After Two Stabbed In West Street

Man Arrested After Two Stabbed In West Street

Kent Police have confirmed that a man was arrested after two people were stabbed in Sittingbourne last night (Monday 26th August).

Police say they were called to a disturbance in West Street at around 9.14pm.

Both victims were taken to a local hospital with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening and a man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.


Five Charges After Stabbing In Sittingbourne

Five Charges After Stabbing In Sittingbourne

Five charges have been made against a man accused of a stabbing in Sittingbourne.

Shane Andrews is alleged to have assaulted the victim, who is in his 20s, in Quartz Way on the afternoon of Tuesday 13th August. The injured person is expected to make a full recovery.

Mr Andrews, 22, of Ledger Close, Sittingbourne, was arrested on suspicion of assault in Greenwich the next day. After being arrested, he is alleged to have been found in possession of three knives.

He was later charged with grievous bodily harm and four counts of possessing a knife in a public place and appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court today (Friday 16th August).

At the hearing, Mr Andrews was remanded in custody and will next appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 13th September.

Field Fire Extinguished In Wormshill

Field Fire Extinguished In Wormshill

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Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a field fire in Wormshill early today (Thursday 25th July).

The call was received at 4.10pm and four fire engines were sent to the scene.

Crews arrived to approximately four hectares of field alight and a large smoke plume coming from the area.

Firefighters used a hose reel jet, fog spikes and beaters to tackle the blaze.

The cause is not yet known.

Scouts Receive A Donation From Kent Police Fund

Scouts Receive A Donation From Kent Police Fund

A scout group from Sittingbourne has received a donation from the Kent Police Property Fund.

The 10th Sittingbourne Scout Group, which is attached to Grove Park School, was presented with a £500 cheque from Kent Police recently. The group offers young people the opportunity to develop character, employability and practical skills such as cooking and first aid in a safe and supportive environment.

The money was made available by the force's Property Fund, which distributes money from the sale of unclaimed lost property or items seized during police operations. Money raised from the fund is given to local groups which provide a service to communities in Kent throughout the year. Inspector Tom Mepstead, from Kent Police, presented the money to Group Scout Leader Elaine Nappey and scout Henry Hearn (as pictured above).

Mrs Nappey tld SFM News: "Fundraising is a big part of what we do and we are very grateful for the money donated by the Kent Police Property Fund. This money will help towards the purchase of new equipment and enable us to continue delivering a varied programme providing young people with opportunities to develop their skills and work towards earning their badges."

Weekend Hole Appears At Newington Station

Weekend Hole Appears At Newington Station

Pic: Courtesy of Cllr Richard Palmer

Safety concerns were raised over the weekend the collapse of part of the Sittingbourne-bound platform collapsed at Newington Railway Station on Sunday (21st July) afternoon.

Southeastern spokesman Paul Prentice told SFM News: "We became aware of damage to part of one of the platforms at Newington station at 1:30pm on Sunday afternoon and immediately sent an extra member of staff to the damaged section of platform to ensure the safety of all of our passengers. From 8:00pm onwards, rail replacement buses for trains running towards Sittingbourne were put in place on that section of line until the end of service, so that Network Rail could repair the platform. Work was completed in time for normal service to begin on Monday (22nd July) morning."

Hospital Arsonist Jailed For Life

Hospital Arsonist Jailed For Life

An arsonist who started two fires close to oxygen tanks and MRI scanners at Medway Maritime Hospital has been jailed for life.

Luke French entered the hospital grounds in September 2018 and started the fires less than a metre away from lorries containing the scanners.

The 29-year-old, of Peregrine Drive, Sittingbourne, admitted arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered and was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday (5th July).

The court heard that at around 10pm on Wednesday 5th September Luke French walked onto the hospital grounds and set rubbish being stored in an outdoor cage alight. A nearby wheelie bin was also set on fire.

The bins were less than a metre away from two mobile MRI scanners that were being stored in articulated lorries and close to oxygen tanks.

A member of hospital staff was quick to the scene and extinguished the fire before it caused significant damage to the bins or medical equipment.

Security officers then chased French away from the vicinity and, following an area search, Kent Police officers detained him at around midnight.

CCTV evidence clearly captured French committing the offence and he was charged the following day. He has been remanded in custody since his arrest and must serve a minimum of five years in prison.

Police Constable Dennigan Tyson, Kent Police's investigating officer for the case, told SFM News: "although no injuries were caused from this offence, French's reckless actions needlessly endangered a huge amount of lives and the consequences could have been much more severe were it not for the quick actions of hospital staff. In addition to the immediate danger of the fire, lifesaving medical equipment worth over £1,000,000 could easily have been damaged and this would have caused a huge amount of disruption for medical staff and people needing the equipment. French's actions prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, that he presents a very real threat to public safety and the strong sentence imposed by the courts means he is no longer a danger."

Burglary Arrests After Stolen Items Recovered

Burglary Arrests After Stolen Items Recovered

Two suspected burglars were arrested shortly after a break-in was reported here in Sittingbourne.

At around 1.30am yesterday morning (Tuesday 18th June) Kent Police were called to reports of intruders being disturbed at a property in Cedar Close. Officers attended and carried out a search of the local area. A number of items believed to be stolen, including bank cards and car keys, were recovered nearby.

At around 2.30am a 42-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy, both from the Sittingbourne area, were stopped and arrested. Both were later released pending further investigation.

Kemsley Man Fined For Unlicensed Waste Carrying

Kemsley Man Fined For Unlicensed Waste Carrying

A Kemsley man, caught transporting scrap metal without a licence, is nearly a thousand pounds out of pocket after being prosecuted by Swale Borough Council.

David Varrier, of Ypres Drive, was stopped as part of a joint operation between the council and Kent Police in June 2018. He was found to be carrying the waste on Newbridge Avenue, Sittingbourne, without the necessary waste carrier certificate or waste transfer notes.

He was issued with a notice requiring him to produce the right documents, which he failed to comply with, and was issued fixed penalty notices which he failed to pay.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for environment at the council, told SFM News: "We take these kinds of offences very seriously and will take whatever action is necessary to crack down on rogue traders and keep the borough tidy. We ask people who need to get rid of waste to do their part. Using unlicensed traders can result in your waste being fly-tipped, leaving local council taxpayers to foot the bill to clear up the mess. Having the right licence to transport waste shows businesses are legitimate and will dispose of waste responsibly.Anyone who takes away waste must have a licence. Simply ask to see it, and if they can't show one, find someone who can. If you don't, and the waste is found dumped, you could be prosecuted."

Mr Varrier pleaded guilty to two offences at Medway Magistrates Court last Wednesday (5th June) and was fined £360 for each offence and ordered to pay a £36 victim surcharge and £205 in costs. A collection order was granted should there be any issues with payment.

If you want to check whether someone is licenced to carry waste you can visit the Environment Agency website or call 03708 506506.

For more information about fly-tipping, and what Swale Borough Council is doing locally to tackle it, visit www.swale.gov.uk/fly-tipping.

Gordon Henderson Backs Boris Johnson For PM

Gordon Henderson Backs Boris Johnson For PM

Our local Member Of Parliament for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, Gordon Henderson, has declared his backing for Boris Johnson to become the next Leader of the Conservative Party and the UK's Prime Minister. He has confirmed that this was the first choice for members of the Sittingbourne and Sheppey Conservative Association in a Facebook post earlier today (copied above).

Two People 'Seriously Injured' In M2 Collision

Two People 'Seriously Injured' In M2 Collision

Two people were taken to hospital following the accident between Junctions 5 (Sittingbourne) and 6 (Faversham) overnight.

Kent Police confirmed that they were called at 9.47pm last night (Thursday 6th June) following a report of a single-vehicle crash. It's believed that an off-duty doctor and an off-duty police officer helped at the scene of the accident where two people were trapped and had to be freed by the Kent Fire & Rescue Service.

They were then taken to hospital by the South east Coast Ambulance Service.

The incident led to long delays in the area with the M2 being closed coastbound from Junction 5. The motorway was reopened at 2.12am this morning.



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