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Police E-Fit Appeal After Queenborough Robbery

Police E-Fit Appeal After Queenborough Robbery

Swale Detectives, investigating a violent robbery in Queenborough, have issued an e-fit image of a man they want to speak to.

Police were called on Wednesday 28th October following reports that three men had smashed their way into a caravan, located inside Argent Business Park, off Argent Road. The incident occurred between 1am and 2am.

The caravan was occupied by a man and a woman who had been sleeping when the offenders initially began banging on the door. After smashing their way in the men demanded they be given access to another unit nearby. It is reported the victims were threatened with a hammer during their ordeal. One of the victims, a woman in her 40s, has since required hospital treatment after being kicked in the stomach.

The men eventually fled, stealing only a Samsung mobile phone. It is believed they drove away in a white van, possibly a Vauxhall Vivaro or a Renault Traffic. All the males are believed to have been wearing hoodies and/or baseball caps. One of the suspects is described as being white, aged in his 20s and of slight build. He was around 5ft 9ins tall and clean shaven. Another suspect was also white and of similar age. He had a larger build and was around 5ft 11ins tall.

Detective Constable Jo Kirkham told SFM News: 'Although we are treating this as an isolated incident it was a particularly horrific ordeal for the victims, which has left them frightened for their safety. I would urge anyone with any information to contact the police as soon as possible.'

Anyone with any information should call 01634 792592, quoting reference XY/37749/15 or alternatively they can contact Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tributes Paid To Teenager Who Died At Station

Tributes Paid To Teenager Who Died At Station

The family of an 18-year-old woman, who died after collapsing and falling onto the tracks at Sittingbourne railway station on Monday (2nd November) morning, have paid tribute to her.

Sophie Lintott, from Sittingbourne, sadly died of her injuries in hospital yesterday (Tuesday 3rd November) at Kings College Hospital in South East London.

In a statement issued earlier today, through the British Transport Police (BTP), Sophie's family said: "Sophie was a bubbly girl who loved life, family and all her friends from school, guiding, dance and work. She touched so many people's lives and will leave a lasting impression. Sophie loved flowers, but had expressed a wish for any tributes to be made as donations to either Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance or Crohn's & Colitis UK."

Girlguiding Sittingbourne Division told SFM News that it was "incredibly sad to have so suddenly lost a much loved member. We would like to express our sincere condolences to Sophie's family at this difficult time. Sophie was a caring, fun loving, confident, energetic young lady who touched the lives of many, she will be greatly missed."

A spokesperson for Southeastern Railways told SFM News: "Our thoughts are very much with Sophie's family and friends following this tragic incident. We are assisting the British Transport Police with their investigation."

Trains were stopped after the incident, shortly after 8.00am on Monday morning, whilst emergency services were called.



Distraction Burglary Arrests Made By Police

Distraction Burglary Arrests Made By Police

Swale Detectives have charged two men in connection with alleged distraction burglaries in the local area.

Police made two separate arrests after receiving reports that people had tricked their way into homes to steal items. The first arrest was made after officers responded to an incident in Foxley Road, Sittingbourne at around 2.35pm, on Friday 23rd October. Joseph Smith, aged 34, of Lucks Lane, Chart Sutton, was charged with two counts of burglary and an attempted burglary with intent to steal.

The charges are in connection with the following reported incidents:

- Attempted burglary in Stanhope Avenue, Sittingbourne, on Wednesday 21st October
- Burglary in Stanhope Avenue, Sittingbourne, on Wednesday 21st October
- Burglary in Foxley Road, Queenborough, Friday 23rd October (as mentioned above)

He appeared via virtual court on Monday 26th October where he was remanded in custody until he is due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court next Friday (13th November).

The second arrest, which is unrelated to the arrest on the 23rd October, was made after police received a report of a burglary in Alma Road, Sheerness, on Sunday 25th October. Officers carried out enquiries and arrested a suspect on the same day. Nicholas Peter Michael Mitchell, aged 36, of Marine Parade in Sheerness, was charged with burglary. He has been bailed to appear at Maidstone Magistrates' Court on Monday 16th November.

To find out more information on distraction burglary and what you can do to avoid becoming a victim, please visit the advice pages on the Kent Police website: http://www.kent.police.uk/advice/home/bogus_callers_rogue_traders.html

Severe Delays Earlier To Train Services

Severe Delays Earlier To Train Services

Southeastern services into Victoria and St Pancras from Sittingbourne station were hit by major delays during this morning's rush hour, after an incident at the station just after 8.00am.

It is believed that a teenage girl fell from Platform 2 at the station in front of horrified commuters. One person tweeted: "Very very sad what's happened at Sittingbourne train station my other half saw it happen right in front of her now she's in shock." Stephen Meadows on Twitter also added: "Thoughts are with the girl who fell on the lines today at sittingbourne station & her family @Se_Railway staff were fantastic #Sittingbourne."

In a Statement British Transport Police, who are leading the investigation, told SFM News: ""Our officers were called to Sittingbourne rail station [earlier], to reports of a person on the tracks. Officers attended the scene alongside colleagues from Kent Police and paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance service. A woman was taken to hospital. Officers are now looking to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident."

Services are now running to and from the station with long delays, especially to coastbourne services - for the latest please follow our Twitter feed on the Main Page or @SFMRadio on Twitter.


Sittingbourne Guide Receives Top Award

Sittingbourne Guide Receives Top Award

A member of the 2nd Sittingbourne Guides is celebrating after receiving the highest accolade for Guides - the Baden-Powell Challenge Award.

Jade Dowsett, from Sittingbourne, chose to complete a range of exciting activities to achieve the award, including playing life-size Monopoly around Canterbury while away on her adventure weekend and Co-ordinating and presenting a fashion show with her fellow Guides.

Jade told the SFM News Team: "I'm really proud to have completed my Baden-Powell Challenge Award because it has taken more than a 18 months of hard work to get it. As part of the award, I had to work with lots of new Guides which I found very daunting. Our unit was very small but has grown dramatically over the time it has taken me to complete the award. I was pretty nervous, but I took time to get to know each of the younger Guides and gain their respect, this has given me so much confidence and lots of new friends!"

The group's Leader, Lesley Taylor told the SFM News Team: "I'm very proud of Jade for completing her Baden-Powell Award. I was overwhelm with pride as I have never had the honour of presenting a BP award before. She has been truly dedicated to achieving this award, and I'm sure this is something she will look back on with pride for years to come."

Jade, aged 16, received the award during a special presentation event on Friday (23rd October) at Kemsley Community Centre. The Baden-Powell Challenge is the highest award available to Guides - Girlguiding's section for girls aged between 10 and 16. The challenge is divided into five sections, including healthy lifestyles and global awareness. Girls can choose which activities they want to do within each section, from researching the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, to giving a presentation on a world issue of their choice. To complete the award, Guides take part in an adventure weekend, during which they face various set challenges, trying new things and pushing themselves outside their comfort zone.

Girlguiding opens up a world of opportunities to girls and young women aged five to 25, offering a hugely varied programme incorporating everything from world issues and science to social action, adventure sports and international travel. The charity builds girls' confidence and raises their aspirations, giving them their own space to have fun and build friendships. For further information about Girlguiding and how to get involved call 0800 169 5901 or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Teenager Jailed For Attacking People At A Party

Teenager Jailed For Attack At Party

A teenager who injured two people attending a birthday party in Sittingbourne has been jailed for more than six years.

Billy Lee, aged 18 and of Quinton Roa in Sittingbourne, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court last Wednesday (14th October) to serve a total of six years, three months and two weeks in a young offenders' institute after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm and being found guilty of actual bodily harm.

Just after 8pm on Friday 7th November 2014 the first victim, a man aged 24, arrived in Cooks Lane to help supervise a birthday party when he was confronted by a group of young people stood outside the property. The victim was approached by Lee, who was aged 17 at the time of the incident. Lee, who was not invited to the party, punched the man in the face after being told to leave. Lee then grabbed a bottle and smashed the victim's car window with it before striking him several times with the broken bottle, causing two deep wounds to the victim's hand and arm. Shortly after, a woman, aged 53, came out of the property and was also confronted by Lee who struck her in the arm with the broken bottle, again causing an injury.

Lee was arrested by police the same evening and was subsequently charged in connection with the two assaults. He admitted causing grievous bodily harm to the man, but pleaded not guilty to causing actual bodily harm to the woman. He was found guilty by a jury when he attended Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday 26th August.

Detective Constable Phil Pead, investigating officer at Kent Police, told SFM News: "Lee attended the victim's house uninvited and lashed out in anger when he was told to leave. What should have been a happy occasion turned to horror as Lee attacked his victims with a broken bottle. Lee now faces a substantial amount of time behind bars due to his mindless actions that night. I hope his sentence sends out a strong message that this kind of violence will not be tolerated by Kent Police or the courts."


Police Appeal After Man Goes Missing From Court

Police Appeal After Man Goes Missing From Court

Kent Police are appealing for information to locate a man who went missing from Maidstone Magistrates Court earlier today (Tuesday, 22nd September).

42-year-old Daniel Paul Murray, who has connections to Swale, Ashford and Dartford, absconded from Maidstone Magistrates Court.

Police were contacted at 11.50am after security guards based at the court were unable to locate him.

Officers are continuing their searching for Murray, who also uses the name Daniel McAvoy, and enquiries are on-going. He appeared in connection with a domestic abuse incident and is not believed to pose a risk to the public. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts please call 999 or you can call Crimestoppers, free (from any landline) and anonimously on 0800 555 111.

Sittingbourne's Will Tumber Wins Gold

Sittingbourne's Will Tumber Wins Gold

Local Taekwondo competitor Will Tumber has come back from the British Taekwondo National Championships with a gold medal.

The Championships were held at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester on Saturday (12th September) and showcased the development of cadet and junior athletes and their progression as members of the national squad.

14-year-old Will is a Brorden Grammar student and was a previous recipient of a grant from the Swale Youth Development Fund and is a member of the GB Taekwondo Cadet Team.

He began training in January 2008 at the age of seven and started competing a year later. Will was awarded his Black Belt in July 2012 and regularly appears on 106.9 SFM.

Congratulations from us all Will !!



Terms Agreed With Multi-Screen Cinema Operator

Terms Agreed With Multi-Screen Cinema Operator

Plans for the £46m regeneration of Sittingbourne have taken a step forward today with the announcement that building work on the new seven screen cinema should begin in the spring of 2016.

It is hoped that the first films will be screened in the summer of 2017, which would also includes the completion of a 308 space multi-storey car park and new traffic management flows - generating more than 700 jobs in the Sittingbourne area.

Cllr Andrew Bowles, the Leader of Swale Borough Council, told SFM News: "This is an important step in delivering the regeneration of the town centre that we have all been waiting for. The cinema underpins the whole development, so having this agreement is great news and we look forward to announcing the operator and the associated retail and restaurants that will be opening in the town, when the final terms are agreed."


Fatal crash on A2 in Bapchild

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a 51 year old Sittingbourne motorcyclist died on the A2 London Road in Bapchild on Sunday (6th September).

Kent Police told SFM News that a blue and silver Suzuki motorbike was travelling along the A2 in the direction of Teynham when it was involved in a collision with a silver Volkswagen Jetta at the junction with Hempstead Lane just after 10am. Emergency services, including Kent Air Ambulance attended but the biker died at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed. Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw the collision, or who saw either the motorbike or the car beforehand. Witnesses who have not yet spoken to police are asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit on 01622 798538 or to email them on sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.



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