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in robbery bid AN elderlywomanwas left with a suspected broken nose after a man forced hisway into her home. The 78-year-old victim was as- saulted during an attempted robbery in Campbell Road, Maidstone. After demanding money, the man ran up- stairs, but fled through a neighbour’s garden, when his terrified victim left by the back door. Her attacker was short – only 5ft


tall – in his early 20s, and was wear- ing dark clothing and a hoodie. Detective Sergeant Andrew Felton


said: “We are doing our best to ap- prehend this violent offender. This was a callous and cowardly act against an elderly and vulnerable woman, and one that has caused a huge amount of distress.” Officers believe the same man may


have tried to gain entry to the victim’s home a month earlier. Call PCAmyEzzi on 01622 604286, quoting YY/001457/14, or Crimestop- pers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Burglar back in prison


A BURGLAR is behind bars again after he was caught stealing a wal- let just hours after being released from prison. Daniel Reed (35) was sentenced


to 16 months in jail for a raid on an office in Maidstone, following his release fromHMPElmley in Sheer- ness on January 3. Reed was released at 10.30am,


but less than eight hours later he was back in custody after he was arrested for stealing a wallet and a


Tax assistance


HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has launched a telephone helpline for flood victims. The helpline will enable anyone affected to get fast, practical help and advice on a wide range of tax problems they may be facing. The helpline is available on 0800 904 7900 from Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 4pm, excluding bank holidays.


AMANwaswalking through a passageway on Highland Road when hewas confronted by three men and awoman. As they passed, one person touched his shoulder and the victim later discovered that his bus pass had been stolen. Alady’s purple bicyclewas stolen from outside Basement store in John Street. Ablue and white Gary Fisher Mamba cycle together with a padlock and chainwere stolen from the underground car park in Laker House, Canning Street. An intruder ran off when hewas disturbed while trying to break in to a home in Stagshaw Close. Metal sheeting was stolen from a garden in Courtenay Road, Tovil. Ablack Kymco Pulsar motorcycle, registration GN61 FTJwas stolen from the parking area inWaterloo Street. Ashedwas damaged in Old Loose Court, Old Drive. Ared bicyclewas stolen from the cycle rack inside David Lloyd Fitness centre in Lockmeadow, Barker Road. The suspectwas a white male in his early 50s, 5 8ins tall and of medium build with grey thinning hair. He was clean shaven andwaswearing black trainers, blue jeans and a dark top with white stripes down the sleeves. Ablue Saab 9.5, registration R282 KARwas stolen from Douglas Road, Fant. The garage of a home in Mote Road was broken into and a silver and green 24/70 Travellers man’s bicyclewas stolen. Abus passwas snatched from the owner’s hand while hewaited at a bus stop in Pads Hill. The suspectwas described as a white youth aged about 16. Awhite Yamaha motorcycle, registration T408 GNM,was stolen from a front garden in Tovil Road. An Omegawatch, twowar medals, jewellery and other itemswere stolen from a property in Belmont Close, Barming. ASt George's flag and itswooden flagpole were stolen from a garden in Suffolk Road, Shepway. Amagnetic roof rackwas stolen from a


mobile phone from Morlings Solic- itors in King Street. Hewas spotted by police officers


acting suspiciously and emptying the contents of the wallet in a car park off Albion Place. He was stopped and searched


and found to be in possession of a stolen Iphone. Reed, formerly of Quarry Road,


Tovil, claimed to have drunk four cans of strong lager after his release from prison, as well as a further


Youth club dates


YOUNGSTERS aged from11 to 15 are invited to come along to the Salvation Army’s youth club at 74-80 Union Street, Maidstone. The club is held from 7-9pm on


the first and third Friday of each month – March 7 and 21. En- trance costs £1.50 per person, and there is a tuck shop. Call the com- munity office on 01622 681808.


seven pints of beer in a pub. He said he had no recollection of steal- ing any of the items. He said he had no memory of


even being in Maidstone, but con- ceded that if he had been charged with the offence then he “must have done it”. He was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court, having previously pleaded guilty to burglary. He was also ordered to pay a victim sur- charge of £100.


Flood thanks


MAIDSTONE town centre man- agement has expressed its thanks to the borough council for all its work helping traders affected by floods.


Numerous businesses close to the


river were affectetd and Bill Moss, town centre manager, said everyone was grateful for the council’s work in providing sandbags and helping with the clean-up operation.


NeighbourhoodWatch Working to reduce crime. Call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 or local police


Suzuki Vitara in South Park Road. Ayellow and black Carrera Tour de France road bikewas stolen from the car park under Hayle Mill, Tovil, and the cycle lockwas damaged. Arouter, computer and a duvet coverwere stolen from a home in OldWell Court, Church Road, Tovil. Ahome in South Park Roadwas damaged during an aempted break-in. Ahome in Postmill Drive, Tovil,was damaged during an aempted burglary. The suspectswere said to be a whitewoman in her 20s, with black shoulder length hair, and wearing a black and white striped jumper, and a man whowas 5 5ins tall with short black hair andwearing a black jacket. Aman stole a box of Stella Artois lager from Aldi Food Stores inWell Road and threatened staff when challenged. Hewas described as white, in his early 30s, and about 5 8ins tall. He had black cropped hair,was clean shaven, andwaswearing a long brown or checked coat with white shoes. Cashwas stolen from a silver Citroen Xsara parked in Salisbury Road, Penenden Heath. AGPS system and animal feedwere stolen from a bronze Citroen Picasso in Gladstone Road. Aman’s black mountain bike was stolen from a grey Volvo estate in Bower Road. Acrash helmet, Bosch saw and cycle parts were stolen from the garage of a home in Beverley Road, Barming. Awhite mountain bike and securing padlock and chainwere stolen from the front garden of a home in Stagshaw Close. Apink bicyclewas stolen from the communal stairway area of flats in Brunswick Street East. Ablack and white Cavendish bicycle, a black and orange Rock Hopper mountain bike and cycle accessorieswere stolen from the garage


of a home in Boxley Road, Penenden Heath. Therewas an unsuccessful aempt to break in to a home in Peel Street. Computer equipment and jewellery was stolen during a burglary at a home in Beverley Road, Fant. The ignition barrelwas damaged when a red Land Roverwas broken into in Heath Road, Barming. Apurse whichwas lost or stolen in Birnam Square, Bedford Place,was later recovered, but the cash, cheques, cards and documents were missing. Therewas an unsuccessful aempt to break in to the basement storage area of flats in Hawley Court, London Road. Thieves got in to a shed in the back garden of a home in Postley Road and stole fishing equipment. Cashwas stolen during a distraction burglary in London Road. The men said theywere working for South EastWater, but when the victim later phoned the company, they had no knowledge of anyoneworking at this location. The suspectswere two white men. The firstwas about 5 7ins and stocky with short mousey hair. The secondwas about 5 11in with short mousey hair and clean shaven. Both menwerewearing dark overalls. Asilver Ford Fiesta, registration LD53 PNK, was stolen from the car park in Union Street. ACarrera Subway special edition hybrid bike was stolen from the bike store near Sapphire House, Coral Park.


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