Kent Police

New approach to tackle gang exploitation

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

Kent County Council is set to team up with the NHS and police in a bid to safeguard children from being exploited by gangs.

It comes after a review found the current process does not “work effectively” and should be abolished.

Going forward health professionals and the force will attend council meetings which discuss the safety of vulnerable children.

KCC has also launched a new programme for social care called Change for Kent Children which will target “at risk” young people.

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It is hoped this will reduce county lines gangs and knife crime.

Councillor Michael Northey said: "Where family relationships have broken down, gang membership gives young people a sense of belonging.

“Of course they are being exploited."

Police appeal for moped rider after attacks

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Kent Police

Police have released CCTV images of a moped rider following an attack on three people in Dartford.

Officers believe that the man, seen wearing a distinctive helmet, may have information about the attack, in which a noxious liquid was thrown at the victims.

All three people were taken to a local hospital for treatment and were later discharged. One of them is continuing to receive treatment for a facial injury.

In one picture, the rider, described as being a young man, is accompanied by another rider who may also be able to assist with officers’ enquiries.

The assault took place in Keyes Road at 15:40 GMT on Sunday 3 February 2019. A liquid was thrown into a parked Ford Fiesta, causing injuries to the two occupants, before it was then thrown at a man who had got out of his vehicle after stopping in the road.

Anyone with information about the owner of the distinctive helmet or about the incident is asked to call Kent Police.

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Hundreds of weapons taken off street in police crackdown

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

Police have seized over 300 weapons, including knives and firearms, after increasing patrols across Kent.

The county's force said policing was stepped up on 11 March.

Thirty-nine firearms and 10kgs of gunpowder were taken from a single address Deal, while a second-hand shop in Maidstone handed over more than 200 knives.

Officers also recovered more than 500 wraps of suspected class A drugs and £100,000 in cash, making 150 arrests.

More action to tackle knife crime

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

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A committee to tackle the rise in knife crime is being set up following several recent attacks.

Kent councillors will look at what more can be done by public bodies after three stabbings were reported over the weekend.

Three men were attacked during separate incidents in Herne Bay, Tonbridge and Ramsgate.

Kent has seen the fastest rise in knife crime in the country, according to the Office for National Statistics in February.

Offences are up 152% since 2011, from 346 to 873.

Kent Police recently launched Operation Sceptre which led to 250 weapons being seized and more than 95 arrests.

Now council leader Paul Carter plans to set up a select committee.

Its aim would be to consider and implement actions across all public agencies in order to "keep young people safe" and "see a reduction in the horrific increase in knife crime".

Leader of the opposition, Rob Bird, supported the proposal but urged any committee to “get answers quickly”.

Two held after collision involving police car

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

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Two people are being questioned after police pursued a driver who failed to stop.

Officers signalled for a suspicious vehicle to stop in Upper Luton Road, Chatham, at about 10:20 BST on Monday, but the driver continued on to Castle Hill, colliding with a number of parked cars, and then a stationary marked police car.

The 19-year-old motorist ran into a residential building in Shipwrights Avenue, where he was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

A knife was also discovered in the car and seized by police.

A 17-year-old girl was also arrested over being concerned in the supply of suspected Class B drugs.

Any witnesses to the collision or anyone with information or dashcam footage should contact Kent Police.

Becoming Britain's first black Chief Constable

Michael Fuller had to battle racism on the street and in the police force
Michael Fuller was Britain’s first ever black Chief Constable and headed up the police force in the English county of Kent. But to get there he not only had to battle racism on the streets, but in the police force itself. It's been quite a journey and it started in a care home. That's where Michael grew up, looked after by someone he called Auntie Margaret. (Photo credit: Metropolitan Police Publicity Brand.)