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Local Clinic Achieves Prestigious Award

Local Clinic Achieves Prestigious Award

The Julie Gamble Advanced Skin & Hair Removal Clinic, on the High Street here in Sittingbourne, is celebrating after attaining the prestigious 'Dermalogica Circle' award.

The award is designed to recognise and reward stockists of the Dermalogica brand for their commitment to training and clinical excellence within their business.

This award now places Julie and her team in a very elite group within the UK and Republic of Ireland. 

Thomas The Bull Terrier Found New Home

Thomas The Bull Terrier Found New Home

A badly injured Staffordshire Bull Terrier called Thomas has been found a new home in Sittingbourne, thanks to a record 90,000 views made to Swale Borough Council's Facebook page.

It follows the harrowing story of the 5-year-old dog, which was left badly stabbed and tied to a railing just off Thomas Road in Murston and featured in a news stroy on your local community radio station 106.9 SFM.

The good news is that Thomas is well on the way to making a speedy recovery and is moving into his new adopted home later this week. As with other cases of strays or lost and found animals, the information was posted on Facebook seeking information from the public as to his original ownership and asking if a new home could be found for him. Ordinarily 10,000-15,000 views would be made by local people, but such was the euphoria surrounding Thomas, a staggering 90,000 views were made in just a three day period.

Alister Andrews, Environment Response Manager for Swale Borough Council told SFM News: "Considering only 140,000 people live in Swale, to get this many views for a single dog story was simply extraordinary and judging by the type of response we have received, it just shows how much local people really do care about the plight of poor animals such as Thomas. I am delighted that we have re-homed him and hopefully he, and the family which has taken him in, will be very happy together".

Swale Borough Council currently has five other abandoned dogs waiting to be re-homed and if any people are interested in acquiring a new pet, they to are asked contact the Kennels directly on 01795 842466.


Milton Regis Court Hall To Host Open Days

Milton Regis Court Hall To Host Open Days

The landmark building Milton Regis Court Hall will soon be opening its doors again following the signing of a new lease earlier this week.

The Friends of Milton Regis Court Hall (a registered charity) have taken over the building from Swale Borough Council and have already planned a series of Open Days at which much needed funds will hopefully be raised.

Paul David, Membership Secretary for The Friends told SFM News: ‘We are looking to raise about £20,000 in total so some will come from our souvenir shop and Open Day events in September, we have already had donations from Swale Borough Council and local Councillors, hopefully we will be able to attract new members who will contribute a modest annual subscription starting from as little as £5".

Cllr Mike Whiting,  Cabinet Member for Localism at Swale Borough Council, told SFM News: "This magnificent building has been very close to my heart so I am delighted we in Swale have been able to contribute to its re-opening and I look forward to when it is a fully fledged museum in 2015. I am sure the generous people of Swale will continue to donate to this very worthy cause. My personal congratulations go to the team from The Friends for actually making this all happen".

The Open Days will be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September from 10am-4pm and all are welcome.

Town Centre Affected By Storm Flooding Again

Town Centre Affected By Storm Flooding Again

Sittingbourne has been badly affected by flooding, yet again, following a deluge in the past hour.

The worst affected areas appear to be around the bottom part of the High Street, East Street, Crown Quay Lane and both Mill Way and St Paul's Street in Milton Regis.

Stay tuned to 106.9 SFM for the latest information or follow our Twitter feed - which is also displayed on our Main Page at www.sfmradio.com.

Rural Officers Offer Crime Prevention Advice

Rural Officers Offer Crime Prevention Advice

Dozens of Kent Police officers, PCSOs and council wardens joined forces for a special day of action to prevent and detect crime in the rural areas around Sittingbourne recently.

In the latest of Kent Police's 'Operation Nonagon' initiatives, Police and Kent County Council staff patrolled Faversham and many of the surrounding villages. In the course of their duties on Wednesday 23rd July the team apprehended suspected burglars, seized suspected stolen property and issued crime prevention advice to local residents.

Local officers, assisted by two teams of volunteer Special Constables, conducted patrols in villages such as Bredgar, Doddington, Eastling, Hartlip, Iwade, Lower Halstow, Newington, Newnham, Stockbury, Tonge, Tunstall and Upchurch.

Sergeant Dave Smith, from Kent Police, told SFM News: "this high-visibility presence and activity helps reassure local rural communities, while preventing and detecting crime. The teams executed a search warrant at a Faversham address to locate possible stolen goods. No residents were present but officers seized a petrol lawnmower, petrol strimmer and petrol chainsaw from the property and enquiries into those items are ongoing."

Swale House Supports 'Lights-Out' In Sittingbourne

Swale House, the home of Swale Borough Council, will be leaving one light switched on from 10 - 11pm tonight (Monday 4th August) when it supports the 'Lights Out' campaign tonight.

A single light will be based on the ground floor easily viewable from anyone walking or driving by the East Street offices at that time.

Cllr Andrew Bowles, Leader of Swale Borough Council told SFM News that this was just one of a number of events the Council will be supporting during the next four years in commemoration of World War One.

He said "this is a subject close to my heart so I am very keen for Swale Borough Council to support important commemorations such as Lights Out. We've already had an outstanding Poetry and Creative Writing day at The Oasis Academy where pupils wrote some wonderful words on the theme of ‘Remembrance'. And later in the year, we can look forward to our annual trip to Ypres, the town we are fortunate to be twinned with, when my colleague The Mayor will take part in the Armistice Service of Remembrance".

"Local" Safe Recovered From The River Thames

"Local" Safe Recovered From The River Thames

Kent Police are appealing for information after a safe was recovered from the River Thames at Greenhithe.

At 8.09am on Sunday (27th July) officers received a report that two men had been witnessed throwing a safe over the seawall into the river at Sara Crescent.

The safe was recovered later that day at Denton Wharf by a specialist team. It appeared as though it had been damaged. Inside there was a set of digital scales and some other objects too water-damaged to be identified.

A 22-year-old man from Sittingbourne was arrested hours later on suspicion of theft and bailed pending further investigation until Tuesday 27th August.

Investigating officer, DC Bill Looker, told SFM News: "We have reason to believe this safe was stolen before it was dumped and we're looking for any information to help us establish the circumstances surround the theft to help us locate its owner. I'd ask anybody with information to call me directly on 01474 366042, or alternatively they can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonimously on 0800 55 5111."


Appeal After Serious Sexual Assault In Sheerness

Appeal After Serious Sexual Assault In Sheerness

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses following a reported serious sexual assault in Sheerness at the weekend.

A 27-year-old local woman has reported she was assaulted in an alleyway leading from Alexandra Road, James Street and Clyde Street between midnight and 1.00am on Saturday (26th July) morning.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate urge anybody who saw any person - man or woman - in this area, between 12am and 2am, to contact them directly on 01622 654864. Alternatively, they can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonimously on 0800 555 111.


Appeal After Disabled Sheppey Woman Robbed

Appeal After Disabled Sheppey Woman Robbed

Kent Police are appealing for information after a disabled woman was robbed of her walking frame on the Isle of Sheppey.

At around 9.15am on Saturday (12th July) the victim - a woman in her 60s - was at a bus stop on Minster Road when two men holding cans of lager walked up to her. They then went on to make derogatory comments to her about her disability and as they walked past, one reached out and punched her on the arm, causing her to fall over.

The pair then grabbed her walking frame and ran off with it, running down the road and disappearing down an alleyway. The woman cut her arm when she fell and was left shocked and distressed.

Detective Sergeant Martin Carter, of Kent Police, told SFM News: "This was a revolting act of mindless aggression against a vulnerable lady who cannot walk far without the aid of her frame. To verbally abuse and belittle her is low enough but to knock her down and steal the frame, leaving her helpless on the ground, is truly despicable and I'm sure the entire community shares our disgust. We are following up a number of lines of enquiry in relation to this and would welcome any information from the public."

The men are described as being around 20 years old, both of skinny build and of 'dirty' appearance. The first was around 5ft 3ins tall, wearing grey jogging bottoms and a grey hooded top with two holes in the right arm. The second was around 5ft 9ins, had sores on his face and wore black jeans, black trainers and a dark grey hooded top.

Anybody with any information regarding the incident is asked to call Kent Police on 101, quoting crime reference XY/024657/14, or alternatively they can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonymously on 0800 555111.

£25m Cocaine Haul Found Locally

£25m Cocaine Haul Found Locally

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that packets of Cocaine, worth an estimated street value of £25m, have been found on a trading estate in Hartlip.

The packets were found in plastic bananas contained within a consignment of real bananas from Colombia.

Scotland Yard has confirmed to SFM News that 150kg of the drug was found following an "intelligence-led" operation. Entry was forced into a unit on The Oast Park Trading Estate on Spade Lane in Hartlip.

It is believed that the lorry driver was not implicated in any way.

Officers say that the bananas arrived at Dover at about 06:00 BST yesterday (Thursday 10th July) morning and were then taken to the warehouse.

A 48-year-old man was later arrested locally and Met officers also arrested three Colombian men, aged 36, 39 and 46, outside an internet cafe in Stockwell, South West London.

Their investigations continue.


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