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E-Fit Issued Following Sittingbourne Sexual Assault

E-Fit Issued Following Sittingbourne Sexual Assault

Detectives investigating a reported sexual assault in Sittingbourne have issued an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Police received reports that at about 2.15pm on Monday 16th March that a woman was putting her rubbish out in Onyx Drive was approached by a man. The victim had walked along a footpath to a nearby bin store. When she had finished in the store, she turned to leave when she was met by a man standing in the doorway.

It is reported he grabbed her by the throat before sexually assaulting the woman. The victim managed to fight him off and he ran in the direction of a nearby train track.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Charlotte Underwood of Kent Police, told SFM News: "This was an isolated incident, but one we are taking seriously and we are carrying out a number of enquiries as part of our investigation. I would urge anyone who has any information, to contact me as soon as possible."

The man is described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall, with a chubby face and brown hair. He was wearing dark jeans, a dark hooded top with white strings and white Reebok trainers.

If you have any information that may help officers, please contact DC Underwood on 01227 868163, quoting reference XY/9933/15 or alternatively you can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonymously on 0800 555 111.


New Carnival Court For 2015 Selected

New Carnival Court For 2015 Selected

The selection of the new Sittingbourne Carnival Court for 2015 took place on Saturday (21st March) evening at the Woodcoombe Sports and Social Club on Church Road in Murston.

The Deputy Mayor of Swale, Cllr. Anita Walker and members from 11 other carnival associations from around Kent made up the audience of around 150 people.  

The judges were Cllr Mike Whiting, Claire Fosbeary (Asda's Community Life Champion and former Miss Sittingbourne 1990) and Leanne Martin (Miss Sittingbourne 2008, Miss Kent 2011). The  adjudicator was Cllr Sue Gent.

The retiring Court of 2014 (Georgia Lane and Ashleigh Taylor) made their retiring speeches and performed their final curstey to the Deputy Mayor of Swale (Cllr Anita Walker), Carnival Chairperson Pam Griggs, their chaperone Audrey Travis and the audience before handing back their sashes and crowns.

Georgia Lane (17) was crowned as Deputy Miss Sittingbourne 2015, Jessica Turner (aged 17) was crowned as Miss Sittingbourne 2015, Abbie Stokes (17) and Rebecca Port (16) were crowned as the Joint princesses for 2015.

The first event for the new court will be this coming weekend on Saturday (28th March) evening at the selection of the new Teynham Court and on Sunday at the selection of the new Dover Town Court.


Girl Guides Activity Centre Re-opens for 2015

Girl Guides Activity Centre Re-opens for 2015

Hornhill Activity Centre, Girlguiding Sittingbourne Division's two acre site just outside Milstead village, has re-opened following a Spring clean.

17 volunteers got together over the weekend to open up the site for the 2015 season. The indoor accommodation was scrubbed from top to bottom and not cupboard or light fixture was left untouched. Outside the woodpile was sorted, grass mowed and the leaves and cobwebs brushed away, so that the site could be ready for Sittingbourne's 431 Rainbows (5-7 years), Brownies (7-10 years), Guides (10-14 years) and Senior Sections (14-25 years) to enjoy.

The volunteers were reward with the satisfaction of knowing they had done a good job and as a thank you were treated to a fish and chip lunch!

The Activity Centre and Campsite has been giving Sittingbourne girls their own space to nurture their confidence, raise their aspirations and feel an afinity with nature for many years.

Could you help? The Girl Guides are looking for volunteers to help with the general maintenance and up keep of the site. They are also looking for sewing or carpentary skills, as the centre needs new curtains and on the campsite they would love a wood store? For further information please see the website: girlguidingsittingbourne.co.uk.

Faulty Electrics Blamed For Two Sittingbourne Fires

Faulty Electrics Blamed For Two Sittingbourne Fires

Two families had to flee their homes within twelve hours of each other after fires in Rainham and Sittingbourne.

In the first incident, a bathroom extractor fan caught alight, quickly spreading to the roof area in Sandown Drive, Rainham. The resident was alerted just after 9.30pm last night (Wednesday 4th March) after hearing a loud bang. She went to investigate and discovered the fan had fallen from the ceiling into the bath below. She alerted her husband who initially tried to tackle the blaze using water from the shower with little success.

The couple and their young child got out of their home and called Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS). Three fire engines were sent to the semi-detached house, the first crew arrived within six minutes of receiving the 999 call.

Medway Watch Manager, Paul Nash, told SFM News: "Many of us use the loft for storage and this family had a number of cardboard boxes and other items stored there which fuelled the fire. Fortunately, we were able to stop it spreading to the neighbouring property and limited the damage to the roof area, so it was a good outcome."

Crews in breathing apparatus used a hose reel and specialist cold-cutting firefighting system, which is able to cut its own access point to the fire using high pressure water and abrasive grit. Firefighters then removed the contents of the loft.

Faulty electrics on a cooker are thought to have sparked the second incident in Gore Court Road, Sittingbourne this morning. A woman heard a loud noise from the oven at around 8.20am, and then the cooker lights and timer went out. She tried to reset the switch on her fuse box and when she returned to her kitchen, she spotted smoke from under the plinth. She got out of the house with her daughter and teenage grandson and called KFRS.

Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the blaze, a thermal imaging camera to check for fire spread and a special fan to clear the smoke and fumes from the property.

Sittingbourne Watch Manager, Neil Ryder, told SFM News: "Two fridges, a double oven, worktop and cupboards were destroyed by the fire. The remainder of the kitchen, the utility room and conservatory had heavy smoke damage. The rest of the property had light smoke damage. Electrical fires are one of the biggest causes of accidental fires in people's homes - it can happen to anyone so it's really important that you make sure your electrics are in good working order, that you look out for warning signs and that electrical appliances are turned off when you are not using them - especially overnight. Working smoke alarms are a vital piece of life-saving equipment. Make sure you fit them on every floor and test them regularly. They will give you the early warning needed to fire in your home."

More Morning Rush Hour Chaos For Sheppey

More Morning Rush Hour Chaos For Sheppey

Emergency services tended to four casualties this morning, following an incident on the Isle Of Sheppey at The Kingsferry Bridge approach road, after the earlier closure of the Sheppey Crossing due to a vehicle fire.

The collision involved an Arriva bus and a black Vauxhall Corsa. Fire crews helped to release two men who were trapped and two women were removed by ambulance crews.

An air ambulance transported one of the men to hospital and the other casualites were taken to hospital by land ambulance.

The Kingsferry Bridge was closed in both directions until 10.30am and the Sheppey Crossing was closed south-bound whilst emergency services dealt with the incident there.

Sittingbourne FC To Offer New Football Academy

Sittingbourne FC To Offer New Football Academy

Sittingbourne FC, in conjunction with Gillingham FC, are aiming to run a football academy next season and expressions of interest are now being accepted for those who wish to pursue post 16 studies (Year 11's this term) with a speciality of football.

Adam Lawrence, Head of Community Sports & Education Foundation at Gillingham FC, told SFM News: "We [Gillingham FC] and our Community Trust are excited by the opportunity of working in partnership with Sittingbourne FC in founding this new and exciting Academy programme". 

Anyone interested should, in the first instance, email: DavidBrown@sittingbourneyouthfc@outlook.com to register.

New ‘Courier’ Scam Prompts Kent Police Warning

New ‘Courier’ Scam Prompts Kent Police Warning

Police are warning Kent residents of a new scam that could result in a person's bank account being wiped out by a fraudster.

Scammers appear to be using new phone apps that allow them to use a fake caller ID in an effort to convince the person they are targeting that they are calling from a legitimate bank. It is understood that the fraudsters will telephone an individual using the phone app which makes it appear as if the caller ID matches that of the bank.

During the conversation they ask the victim to look at the caller ID as a means of validating the call before asking them to check that number against the one on the back of their credit or debit card. They will then get personal secure information from the victim so they can take funds from their bank account.

Detective Sergeant Adrian Brown told SFM News: "Unfortunately these phone apps are both cheap and easily available. Our advice is simple; never give your bank details out to anyone who calls you directly. If you are concerned about the security of your account then attend your bank in person or use the contact details provided by your bank to contact them directly, preferably from a different phone to the one you received the call on. Never ever give out your account information out to someone who canvasses your call. In some instances banks will not cover these breaches of security and it is the individual who loses out financially, never being able to re-coup their losses."

To learn more about courier fraud watch Kent Police's video, featuring 89-year-old May Gorvan from Gravesend, who details her experience of the scam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heOovORePUI or visit: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/fraud-az-courier-scam.


Sittingbourne FC Visit To Raise MECP2 Awareness

Sittingbourne FC Visit To Raise MECP2 Awareness

This Saturday (7th February) Sittingbourne FC will be welcoming Mark Lund to the home game at Woodstock Park against Walton & Hersham.

Mark is making the 400 mile trip to Sittingbourne FC to raise awareness for his son Alfie's life limiting disorder MECP2 Duplication Syndrome. Alfie is one of only a handful of children in the UK and approximately 120 in the world suffering from the syndrome.

Alfie is 7 years old and can't walk or talk and has a shortened life expectancy. It's been a tough 2 weeks due to Alfie starting with seizures and countless trips to hospital but to raise awareness of MECP2 Duplication Syndrome the family have asked football fans to donate a scarf, shirt or flag which they tie together to create a chain. The response from all four corners of the country has been overwhelming and the chain is now 2 miles long and growing by the day.

Sittingbourne FC will donate a scarf and a shirt and on Saturday the pitch will be surrounded with scarfs to raise awareness.

The club is asking all 106.9 SFM listeners and club supporters too to go along and be part of something special.

Please add to Alfie's page your likes to show support and please share: www.facebook.com/thealfielundfund.

The visit programme so far has been: Stockport County on the 10th January, Skelmersdale United on the 24th January, Sittingbourne FC on the 7th February and Mark will be off to Southport FC on the 7th March, Ashford United on the 3rd Apil and Marine FC on the 6th April.

Pedestrian Involved In Accident With Royal Mail Van

Pedestrian Involved In Accident With Royal Mail Van

An elderly man has been injured following an accident with a Royal Mail van outside the Sittingbourne Sorting Office on Central Avenue earlier today (Friday 30th January) .

Police were called to the incident shortly after midday and an Ambulance and Paramedic Team also attended the scene.

The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital with the road and the surrounding area, including the Library Car Park, cordoned off until 4.00pm.

Rotary Club "Community Chest" Opens Soon

Rotary Club "Community Chest" Opens Soon

Yet again the Rotary Club of Sittingbourne Invicta is looking to support other local clubs and groups in the work they are doing, in helping others and supporting the local community in the town, for 2015.

The opening date for applications is the 1st April and the closing date for receipt of applications will be 31st May.

All applications will be considered and decisions taken on merit and applications do not exclude groups who have previously been helped in the past.

For further information please see:- www.rotary1120.org/sittingbourneinvicta/community-chest or you can email:- sittingbourneinvictarotary@live.co.uk for an application form.



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