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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.

Nuisance Bikers Face Clampdown

Nuisance Bikers Face Clampdown

A scooter seized by Kent Police officers in Sittingbourne will be destroyed as efforts to target nuisance bike riders continue.

The Piaggio Liberty Scooter was confiscated after youths were caught riding it without helmets or insurance near The Meads area. Officers spotted two males riding the vehicle along Woollett Road on Tuesday 3rd September. A 15 year-old boy from Sittingbourne has been summoned to appear at court for having no licence or insurance and for not wearing a crash helmet.

Police have the power to seize, and in some cases, destroy a vehicle that is being driven uninsured or where the motorist is causing a nuisance. New community support officer for Grove ward, Ian Henderson, reassured residents that measures to tackle anti-social bikers would continue to be enforced.

PCSO Henderson told SFM News "residents have told us that there is a problem with young people riding bikes dangerously in this area. This bike was seized and will be destroyed. Those riding these bikes often claim they are having harmless fun, but they can be also be very dangerous for pedestrians, especially young children or elderly people".

Kent Police's drive to tackle anti-social behaviour has led to other nuisance bike riders having vehicles destroyed. In April and May, community support officers targeted youths riding illegal mopeds and pit bikes in the Chalkwell and Milton Regis areas of Sittingbourne and action resulted in warnings to offenders and the forfeiture and destruction of vehicles.

Kent Police are reminding residents that if they are affected, or want to report any incidents, they can call them directly on 101.

Appeal After Fatal Teynham Collision

Appeal After Fatal Teynham Collision

Kent Police are appealing for information following a fatal road traffic collision in Teynham on Sunday (8th September) morning.

Officers were called to the A2 London Road at 5.40am, after reports that a red Honda motorcycle had been in collision with a white Scania articulated HGV.

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

A 74 year-old-man from Dover was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed pending further investigation until Sunday 22nd September.

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

Latest On The Sheppey Crossing Incident

Latest On The Sheppey Crossing Incident

The latest, following the 130 vehicle accident on the A249 Sheppey Crossing at 7.18am this morning, is that 8 people were seriously injured and more than 60 were treated for minor injuries on the scene by the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

It is believed that firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to release six people from their vehicles. 

Medway Martime Hospital has confirmed that they are dealing with 3 injuries in intensive care and that their A&E Department is closed to all new admissions until they have dealt with the backlog from the incident.

Stay tuned to Tony Weaver "In The Bourne" LIVE on 106.9 SFM or follow us on Twitter @SFMRadio for the very latest.

Users March To Save Phoenix House

Users March To Save Phoenix House

Users of central Sittingbourne's only community centre, Phoenix House on Central Avenue, took their campaign to the front of Swale House earlier today.

Up to 50 local groups currently use the centre, which is earmarked "for other uses" from February by Kent County Council (KCC).

Sara Seabridge, Centre Manager, told SFM News "The KCC have given us notice to vacate the building in February (2014). There are lots of groups using the current facility, which is in the heart of the town centre, who will find it difficult to relocate elsewhere".

Anyone who wishes to support the campaign is asked to pop in to Phoenix House and sign a petition letter.

At the time of writing KCC were asked for a response but had so far not provided one.

 

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