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Motorcyclist Dies Following Teynham Accident

Motorcyclist Dies Following Teynham Accident

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal collision in Teynham yesterday (Friday 30th October).

At 4:38pm officers were called to Lower Road in Teynham, at the junction with Frognal Lane, to a collision between an Audi A4 and a Suzuki motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, a man aged in his 30s, died at the scene. The driver and passenger of the car were uninjured.

Officers from the Kent Police Serious Collision investigation Unit are now appealing for anyone with any information, or who may have seen either vehicle in the moments prior to the collision, to get in touch with them on 01622 798538, or they can email: sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk.

Dedicated "Halloween" Officers To Patrol Swale

Dedicated "Halloween" Officers To Patrol Swale

Designated police vehicles will be out across Swale in the days leading up to Halloween targeting anti-social behaviour hotspots.

Kent Police are running specialised operations to deter and reduce behaviour likely to harass and alarm members of the public and dedicated patrol cars will be on hand to respond to calls.
Officers will be out in areas that have previously experienced particular problems during the Halloween period to ensure young people behave responsibly. These include town centres, parks and play areas, and officers will be communicating with local businesses and enforcing ongoing dispersal areas to move on groups of people who may be intimidating members of the public.

Swale's District Commander, Chief Inspector Tony Henley, told SFM News: "We want our residents to have fun this Halloween and we don't want to spoil anyone's good time, but it's equally important to remember that our more elderly or vulnerable residents can be left distressed by Halloween pranks carried out by the minority of people. Having dedicated cars around Sittingbourne, Faversham and Sheppey to respond to calls, alongside high visibility patrols, will hopefully reduce Halloween-related issues. In the past, these have included incidents of criminal damage and intimidation. People have also thrown eggs and flour at residents and properties, so we have put in place measures to ensure selling of these items during the Halloween period is closely monitored. Parents are reminded of the importance of supervising their children during Halloween and, where possible, accompany them on trick-or-treating visits. There are posters that can be placed in doors and windows to advise trick-or-treaters not to call at your property and our officers will be out and about to ensure these requests are respected."

For more advice, visit www.kent.police.uk/advice/seasonal_advice/autumn_halloween.html.

Posters advertising for declining trick-or-treating can also be downloaded from this address.

Phone And Pay Car Parking Introduced to Swale

Phone And Pay Car Parking Introduced to Swale

Looking for small change to park your car in Swale could be a thing of the past, thanks to the new Phone and Pay parking scheme launched by Swale Borough Council.

All 31 pay and display car parks owned by the council are encouraging drivers to use the new system with their mobile phones. And not only is it easier than searching for odd coins, once the app is downloaded it is actually quicker than putting cash in the machine and then returning to the car to display the ticket on the windscreen.  Drivers can even pay for their car parking before they leave home which could help motorists in a hurry to make meetings or catch a train for example.

Cllr Mike Cosgrove, from Swale Borough Council, officially launched the scheme in his home town of Faversham this week. He told SFM News: "I am not the most technically qualified person, but even I managed to download the app and could see how superb this system is. The real beauty of it is you pay for the time you need and you don't need to stick tickets on your windscreen as the information is imparted to the wardens on their hand held device within seconds. Although officially launched this week, we have had the system up and running for two weeks and so far over 1,000 motorists have used it successfully. And certainly the drivers I met in Faversham's Central Car Park had nothing but praise for it."

For further details about the scheme you can visit www.phoneandpay.co.uk.

Efit Released Following Sittingbourne Burglary‏

Efit Released Following Sittingbourne Burglary‏

Kent Police officers, investigating a suspected burglary in Standen Grove, Sittingbourne, have released a computer-generated image of a man they would like to speak to.

The victim left his home at about 7.50pm on Saturday 20th September and when he returned about 20 minutes later he discovered his car had been stolen from the driveway.

It is believed those responsible entered the man's house while his family was upstairs and took the keys from a hook on the wall.

A witness has helped officers create a computer-generated image of a man described as being black, about 5ft 10in with bloodshot eyes and bushy eyebrows. He was wearing a dark blue hooded jumper and dark gloves.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Detective Constable Iain Joyce on 01795 419255-  quoting reference XY/033559/14.

Alternatively you can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonimously on 0800 555 111.

Julie Gamble Wins Swale Business Award

Julie Gamble Wins Swale Business Award

The Julie Gamble Skin Care Centre, on the High Street, have won the prestigious Swale Business Award for ‘Customer Service & Commitment 2014'.

The award was formally announced at a Gala Evening on Friday (10th October) night at the Coniston Hotel.

Julie Gamble, Director of the company, told SFM News: "we are thrilled that the panel of business experts accredited our business with this award. Customer service is extremely important to us, so to be recognised for excellence in this particular field is very special for all the team here".

Human Remains Found In Murston

Human Remains Found In Murston

Kent Police have confirmed that they were called just after 2pm this afternoon following the discovery of human remains in the Tonge Road / Lomas Road area of Murston.

It is believed that the discovery was made by contractors clearing hedges in the area.

Kent Police have tonight confirmed that forensic officers have attended the area concerned "and investigations are ongoing to establish how long it has been there and possible identification".


Efit Issued After August Lower Halstow Assault

Efit Issued After August Lower Halstow Assault

Detectives, investigating a report of an assault in Lower Halstow in August, have released an efit image of a man they would like to speak to.

A 17-year-old boy from Maidstone suffered serious injuries in the incident which happened at around 2.30am on Tuesday 5th August in Breach Lane. It was reported that the victim had attended a party and when he was outside, he was approached by three men. Following a brief dispute, a fight broke out and the boy suffered a suspected stab wound. He was taken to a London hospital by air ambulance to be treated for his injuries.

The suspect is described as a bald white man, aged between 18 and 21, about 6ft tall and of heavy build. He was wearing a black hooded top and black shorts with white stripes.

Detective Constable Nichole Carter, investigating officer at Kent Police, told SFM News: "investigations are ongoing and I would still encourage anyone who has information but has not yet spoken to the police to get in touch. We have released an efit image of a man we would like to speak to and I would ask anyone who thinks they recognise this man to contact the police".

Anyone who recognises the efit image, or has information about this incident, is asked to contact DC Nichole Carter at Kent Police by calling 01634 792637 and quoting reference XY/27756/14. Alternatively, they can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Upcoming A249 Traffic Delays

Upcoming A249 Traffic Delays

Swale Borough Council has issued a warning to motorists who are regular users of the A249 in the Sittingbourne area.

From Monday 22nd September, South East Water will be replacing 730 mtrs of water main, with a new tougher plastic, on the A249 between the M20 junction 7 and the M2 junction 5. The work is expected to last for up to seven weeks. Following a number of bursts it is being upgraded "to end the pain caused to motorists when urgent unplanned repairs are needed".

During this time Hayes Lane and Steps Hill Road, Stockbury will be closed for five days and the A249 north and southbound will be reduced to one lane and subject to delays.

The construction work will be carried out by Clancy Docwra on behalf of South East Water.

Della Fackrell, Resilience Partnership Manager for Swale Borough Council, told SFM News: "The work being carried out is essential maintenance. The pipe itself needs upgrading to reduce the number of water main bursts which mean when they occur, they can cause flooding and interruptions to drinking water supplies of nearby properties. Our advice to motorists is to avoid this area if possible as there will be delays to journeys throughout the seven week period".

James Smith, Delivery Manager at South East Water, told SFM News: "Pipelines are like arteries in the body and we need to keep them flowing to ensure the taps keep running. If a water main bursts, not only does it have a direct impact on our wider pipeline network, but it also causes inconvenience to customers and motorists while we carry out repairs."

For more information regarding the traffic managment meausres that will be in operation, please visit the South East Water website by clicking here.


Man Charged With Sheppey Farm Arson

Man Charged With Sheppey Farm Arson

A man has been charged in connection with a fire at a farm on the Isle Of Sheppey.

David Staples, aged 44 and of Kingsnorth Road in Gillingham, was charged on Wednesday (10th September) with one count of arson in relation to a fire at a property in Plough Road, Eastchurch, on last Wednesday (3rd September) which destroyed 5 stables and 10 tonnes of hay.

He was also charged with five counts of possessing indecent images.

Staples appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court yesterday (Thursday 11th September) and was remanded in custody to appear before Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 26th September.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Humpheryes told SFM News: "The entire Sheppey community has been understandably concerned about recent farm fires. I would like to reassure the public that we are taking these incidents extremely seriously and have been working closely with Kent Fire and Rescue Service. We will be meeting with the victims to update them on the situation and I would urge residents to allow police to continue with their investigations into the other fires."

CCTV Image Released After Sittingbourne Incident

CCTV Image Released After Sittingbourne Incident

Detectives are investigating an alleged grievous bodily harm incident in Sittingbourne and have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to talk to in connection with the incident.

It is reported that a man in his 20s received serious injuries after being punched in the head by an unknown man, who was part of a group of people. The victim had been walking along High Street in Sittingbourne, in the direction of Rainham, when the incident occurred, at around 2am on Sunday 27th July.

DC Karen Caulfield, of Kent Police, told SFM News: "I would encourage the man in the image to contact police as you might have information that could help with ongoing enquiries."

If you recognise the man in the image or you have information about the incident itself, please call DC Karen Caulfield at Kent Police on 01634 792434 or you can call Kent Crimestoppers free (from any landline) and anonimously on 0800 555 111 - please quote reference XY/27177/14.


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