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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.

 

Bus Crashes In To Main Railway Bridge

Bus Crashes In To Main Railway Bridge

An Arriva double decker bus struck the railway bridge in Milton Road, Sittingbourne, earlier today resulting in both road and train service closures.

Kent Police confirmed to SFM News that they were called shortly after 9am today to reports of a collision between a bus and a railway bridge. The spokesperson went on to add that "no passengers were on board at the time, however, part of the road had to be closed to allow vehicle recovery and for Network Rail to assess the condition of the bridge and the safety of train services using it."

Southeastern Trains confirmed that an assessment had been carried out and that services resumed fully shortly after 10.15am.

An investigation will now be conducted by Arriva Southern Counties in to the accident.

 

Fifth Person Arrested In Sheppey Murder Investigation

Fifth Person Arrested In Sheppey Murder Investigation

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Gary Pocock on the Isle of Sheppey.

It takes the number of arrests to five after four people were arrested yesterday (Tuesday 20th August) morning by officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

The teenager is local to the Warden area and was arrested last night and joins a 44-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, both from Manor Park in London, together with a 20-year-old man from Benfleet in Essex and a 15-year-old boy from Warden on Sheppey, who have all been arrested on suspicion of murder. All five remain in police custody.

Officers were called at just before 6.00am on Wednesday 7th August to Warden Bay Road in Leysdown after a body was found on the beach between Little Groves caravan site and Isle of Sheppey Holiday Village.

A post mortem examination concluded Mr Pocock, 34, of Dagenham in East London, died of significant head injuries.

Witnesses, or anyone with any information, are being asked to speak to Kent Police by calling 101 and quoting reference CAD 07-0167, or alternatively they can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and on anonymously 0800 555 111.

Cyclist Seriously Injured On Eurolink Way

Cyclist Seriously Injured On Eurolink Way

A 58-year-old female cyclist suffered serious head injuries, after being hit by a car transporter on Eurolink Way in Sittingbourne earlier today.

Police and paramedics were called at about 11.40am this morning and the cyclist was taken to King's College Hospital, in South East London, after she was believed to have fallen into the side of the vehicle, a green Scania 340 car transporter.

Eurolink Way, between Crown Quay Lane and Milton Road, remained closed for several hours after the accident for investigation work to take place.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Maidstone Police Headquarters on 01622 798538.

 

Four Arrested In Sheppey Murder Investigation

Four Arrested In Sheppey Murder Investigation

Three men and a teenage boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Gary Pocock on the Isle of Sheppey.

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate made a series of arrests earlier today (Tuesday 20th August) in connection with the murder investigation.

A 44-year-old man and a 20-year-old man, both from Manor Park in East London, together with a 20-year-old man from Benfleet in Essex and a 15-year-old boy from the Warden area of Sheppey, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. All four still remain in police custody.

Officers were called at just before 6.00am on Wednesday 7th August to Warden Bay Road in Leysdown after a body was found on the beach between Little Groves caravan site and Isle of Sheppey Holiday Village.

A post mortem examination concluded Mr Pocock, 34, of Dagenham in Essex, died of significant head injuries.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or anyone with who may have any information, is being asked to speak to Kent Police by calling 101 quoting CAD 07-0167. or alternatively they can call Kent Crimestoppers, free (from any landline) and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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