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Police Appeal For Witnesses After Family Robbed

Police Appeal For Witnesses After Family Robbed

Witnesses are being sought after a family were robbed in Sittingbourne in what officers believe may have been a case of mistaken identity.

The couple and their baby are reported to have been targeted at around 8.30pm in Balas Drive on Wednesday (7th November) evening.

Three men are alleged to have followed the victims home from a shopping trip and when they arrived at their house and began unloading their vehicle three men are reported to have got out of a car and threatened them.

They demanded drugs and cash from the victims and started to search their car while the couple's young baby was still inside. No injuries were reported.

Having searched the car, the men then stole the victim's keys and a baby changing bag as well as the items the couple had just purchased from a department store which included an advent calendar with beauty products inside and a baby blanket.

One of the men is described as being of medium build, around 5ft 5ins tall, wearing a balaclava and a dark padded jacket. The second man is described as being around 6ft tall, well-built, wearing a balaclava and a dark hooded top with a black jacket with a white zip. The third man is described as aged in his 20's, 6ft tall, of slim build, with dark hair and appeared to be clean shaven. He was wearing a red hooded jacket.

They are believed to have travelled to and from the scene in a grey Toyota car.

Sergeant Marc Makin, from Kent Police's Criminal Investigation Department, told SFM News: "We are treating this as a case of mistaken identity as the offenders demanded drugs and cash from a young family who had just been on a shopping trip. While these incidents are rare they are still very frightening for those involved. I'd like to hear from anyone who has information or who thinks they saw the suspects prior to or after the incident. I'd also like to hear from any motorists who may have captured the suspect's vehicle on their dash cam."

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Kent Police Appeals Line for Swale on 01795 419 119 quoting 07-1614.

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

Man Charged After Machete Incident In Sittingbourne

Man Charged After Machete Incident In Sittingbourne

A 53-year-old man has been remanded in custody following reports a man was threatened with a machete in Sittingbourne.

The incident, which caused no injuries, is reported to have taken place in Chalkwell Road on the evening of Friday 26th October.

Later that same night a machete is then reported to have been used to damage a car before a pick-up truck was driven into a further five parked vehicles.

James Thomas Hilden, who is of no fixed address, was arrested the following evening after being identified as a suspect.

On Tuesday (30th October) he was charged with affray, criminal damage and threatening a person with a bladed article and was remanded in custody to appear before Medway Magistrates' Court.

At that hearing he was further remanded and will appear at Maidstone Crown Court on a date that is to be determined.

Appeal After Serious Collision Overnight In Bobbing

Appeal After Serious Collision Overnight In Bobbing

Kent Police are appealing for information following a collision in Bobbing which left three people with serious injuries.

Officers were called to the scene, A249 northbound slip, at 11.50pm last night (Wednesday 24th October). The collision involved a white Volkswagen Caddy van and a black Audi A1 Sport, which had come to a stop.

A woman in hers 20's and a teenage girl, both from the Swale area, sustained head injuries and were both passengers in the Audi.

The woman was taken to a local hospital for further treatment and the girl was conveyed to a London Hospital. The driver of the Audi, a man in his 20's from Gillingham, also sustained chest injuries and was taken to a London hospital. At the time of the collision, he was standing beside the vehicle.

Officers from Kent Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit would like to speak with anyone who has information, including dash cam footage, linked to the collision.

Anyone with any information can call Kent Police on 01622 798538 quoting reference: HW/DC/149/18.

Or alternatively they can email: sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.

Three Vehicle Collision Closes M2 Motorway

Three Vehicle Collision Closes M2 Motorway

Firefighters helped to release a man who was trapped in a van following a crash involving a car and two vans on the coast-bound carriageway of the M2 earlier today.

The collision happened just before Junction 5 for the A249 and Sittingbourne at around 9:15am.

Crews used hydraulic rescue equipment to free the man, who was then passed into the care of the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

This collision followed the incident on the A249 overnight, which was shut northbound between the A2 Key Street Roundabout and the B2005 Grovehurst Road for most of the morning. Kent  Police were carrying out investigation work on the collision between a car and van, which happanned at around 11.50pm last night.

It's believed that a man and two women were rushed to hospital with serious injuries and that a man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink driving following the incident.

Hay Barn Alight In Teynham

Hay Barn Alight In Teynham

Kent Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene of a barn fire on Lower Road in Teynham.

Crews are working with the farmer using a tractor to drag out five tonnes of hay in a bid to extinguish the fire.

The barn measures around 15metres x 5metres.

There are no reported injuries.

St Michael's Road Partially Re-Opened

St Michael's Road Partially Re-Opened

The newly realigned A2 St Michael's Road, on to Milton Road, has re-opened in the centre of Sittingbourne.

Spirit Of Sittingbourne, the regeneration consortium, told SFM News that this "should improve traffic flow throughout the town centre. The remaining works on Dover Street will continue but are due to be completed next week. We can now begin construction of the leisure quarter, which will bring a host of high-quality leisure facilities to Sittingbourne, as part of the wider regeneration of the town".

For nmore information please visit: www.spiritofsittingbourne.com.


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".


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