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Local Security Guard Wins In Air Ambulance Lottery

Local Security Guard Wins In Air Ambulance Lottery

A security guard from Sittingbourne has won more than £12,000 in the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's lottery.

Nigel Long, who works on the Sittingbourne Retail Park, signed up to the life-saving charity's regular Lottery and Superdraw when a canvasser called at his home last year.

The 61-year-old father-of-three thought nothing more of his £8-a-month subscription until he received a call telling them he had won the top prize in Wednesday's (6th April) draw. He won a grand total of £12,015.54 with random lucky numbers 3, 19, 20 and 28 after joining the lottery last June and is now planning a holiday to Canada to see his brother.

Nigel told SFM News: "I was very shocked to win, I phoned my wife immediately and she couldn't believe it. The most I've won before was about £70 when the National Lottery started. I support the air ambulance because we never know when we may need it in the future. I was at work once when a child got hit by a car on the main road and I helped clear one of the car parks for the helicopter to land."

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance's Regular Lottery costs just £1 per week and there are 12 winners drawn each week with prizes ranging from £25 to £1,000. For an extra £1 a week, players can join the Superdraw which has a maximum jackpot of £25,000. To join the lottery go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/lottery or call 01622 833833.

Collapsed Man Airlifted From Leisure Centre

Collapsed Man Airlifted From Leisure Centre

A man in his forties collapsed and was resuscitated by staff in the gym at The Swallows Leisure Centre earlier today (Tuesday 5th April).

The Kent Air Ambulance was called shortly after paramedics arrived and landed the Borden Grammar Playing Field opposite.The man was flown to the William Harvey Hospital, in Ashford, shortly after being stabilised onsite at about 10.30am.

Dave Harcourt, Executive Officer of Swale Community Leisure, which manage the lesiure centre, told SFM News: "it was one of our regular members who collapsed whilst using the equipment in the gym. Our staff responded rapidly and began resuscitation, including the use of our on-site defibrillator, whilst waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

A spokesperson for South East Coast Ambulance Service told SFM News: "we wish to express our thanks to staff at the centre, as the man had stopped breathing and CPR was needed and was commenced prior to our arrival. We continued that treatment onsite along with the air ambulance crew".



Two Children Reported Missing In Sittingbourne


Kent Police are appealing for information into the whereabouts of two children reported missing from their home in Sittingbourne.

Chelsea Abbott, nine, and Taylor Redding, 10, were reported missing at 12.40pm today (Thursday 31st March) but are believed to have left their house in the Grovehurst Avenue, Kemsley area at about 5am when their parents were asleep.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for their welfare and are currently searching the local area.

Taylor may be wearing pale pink leggings, a grey T-shirt with a gold heart on the front, and a black jacket with pink on the arms and hood.

Chelsea may be wearing black boots with white fur on the top.

Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting reference 31-0508.


E-Fit Image Released After Sittingbourne Burglary

E-Fit Image Released After Sittingbourne Burglary

Kent Police Detectives, investigating a report that a car was stolen during a burglary in Sittingbourne, have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to.

It was reported that a white Mercedes Benz E Class was stolen from The Meadows, just off Northwood Drive, between midnight and 6.30am on Tuesday 8th March.

The suspect is described as a white man, aged 18 to 20, approximately 5ft 8in tall, of skinny build and with brown hair - long on top and shorter at the sides. He was wearing a brown/green coloured parker style coat.

Witnesses to the incident, or anyone with any further information, is asked to contact Detective Constable Charlene Smith at Kent Police by calling 01795 419119 or alternatively they can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonimously on 0800 555 111. quoting crime reference XY/8856/16.

Pets Die In House Fire In Sheerness

Pets Die In House Fire In Sheerness

Sheppey and Sittingbourne firefighters were called to a fire in the first floor bedroom of a mid-terraced house on Alexandra Road in Sheerness early today (Tuesday22nd March).

A man, a woman and a teenage boy were led to safety by the crews and were treated by paramedics, for the affects of breathing in smoke, at the scene.

All three were taken to hospital by ambulance. Breathing apparatus was used by the firefighters to extinguish the fire, which is being treated as accidental, using a hose reel.

A number of cats and dogs were rescued from the property and crews used a pet oxygen mask to provide oxygen therapy but, sadly, three cats died in the blaze.

Woman Freed From Crash On The A249

Woman Freed From Crash On The A249

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The Kent Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene of a crash involving a car and a lorry on the A249 Maidstone-bound carriageway between Stockbury and Keycol at Danaway. just before 9.00pm last night (Thursday 17th March).

Crews used hydraulic rescue equipment to remove the roof of the car to release one female occupant, so that she could be cared for by the attending ambulance.


Miss Sittingbourne 2016 Selected

Miss Sittingbourne 2016 Selected

The new Sittingbourne Carnival Court was selected on Saturday (5th March) evening at the Woodcombe Sports And Social Club in Murston.

15-year old student Gemma Stokes was selected as Miss Sittingbourne Carnival Queen by a judging panel. The two Princesses on the Court this year will be Rebecca Port and Kendle Hunter. All the girls were crowned by Mayor Of Swale Cllr Anita Walker at a ceremony on the night.

On the Judging Panel were former Miss Sittingbourne 1981, Angela Maybourne, 106.9 SFM's very own Pete Flynn and Swale Borough Council's Regeneration Officer, Jill Read.

Family Names Woman Who Died In Teynham Collision

Family Names Woman Who Died In Teynham Collision

The woman who died in a fatal road traffic collision in Teynham yesterday (Saturday 13th February) has been named by her family.

Barbara Phipps, aged 73, of Lynsted, died when the bicycle she was riding was in collision with an HGV on the A2 London Road.

Kent Police are still appealing for witnesses to the collision, which happened at 10.15am yesterday morning.

Senior investigating officer, Sergeant Hannah Brown, told SFM News: "The HGV and the cyclist were both heading towards Sittingbourne when the collision occurred opposite the Swan pub. We have already spoken to a number of witnesses but are keen to speak to anyone else who saw the incident and has yet to speak to us, or who saw the cyclist or the HGV prior to the collision."

Anyone with information is asked call the dedicated Serious Collision Investigating Unit, at Kent Police Headquarters, Appeal Lne on 01622 798538 quoting 13-0365. Alternatively they can email: sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.

The driver of the lorry, a 58-year-old man from Chelmsford in Essex, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop. He has been bailed until Tuesday 5th July while enquiries continue.

Fundraising 'Whistling Postie' Dale Wins Recognition

Fundraising 'Whistling Postie' Dale Wins Recognition

Sittingbourne's very own 'Whistling Postman', Dale Howting, has won yet another award for his tireless fundraising work.

80-year-old Dale has cycled across all areas of the world raising money for local charities since 1977. He has raised over a quarter of a million pounds for charities and has been raising money for Demelza Hospice, The Kent Air Ambulance plus 29 other charities!

Dale famously now cycles on a static bike in the middle of the high street (at the entrance to Roman Square) from 8am every single day creating a fantastic community spirit here in the centre of Sittingbourne.

Dale has won the Halifax Bank's Kent 'Giving Extra Community Award' and has already raised £686 during January making a total of £1,506 for the current year. His total fund has now reached over £260,500. 

Well done Dale from everyone here at SFM Towers!


Witness Appeal Following A249 Serious Collision

Witness Appeal Following A249 Serious Collision

Kent Police officers investigating a serious collision in Brielle Way, Sheerness, earlier today (Wednesday 10th February) are appealing for witnesses.

A motorcyclist in his mid-20s was airlifted to a London hospital following the incident at about 10.10am this morning and remains in a critical condition.

He was riding his black Yamaha YQ 100 near the Blue Town end of Brielle Way when he was involved in a collision with a red Citroen C2.

The road was closed for nearly 8 hours whilst officers carried out their initial enquiries. They are also appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward.

PC Jamie Woodhams told SFM News: ‘We are looking to trace a silver or grey Ford Fiesta that was travelling from Blue Town towards Queenborough that has stopped along Brielle Way after colliding with debris along this road. I would urge anyone with information who has not already spoken to us to call the witness line on 01622 798538 or they can email: sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk quoting reference 10-0270.'



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