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Raiders jailed for series of terrifying robberies

THREEmen have been jailed for a string of violent raids on shops in- cluding Larkfield and Snodland. Jack Hennessy (27), of Pollyfield

Close; Snodland, Keith Hodgson (32), of Holborough Road, Snod- land; and Peter Taylor (21), of no fixed address,were all sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court. Hennessy and Hodgson worked together in some of the crimes, rob- bing a bookmakers’, post office, and jewellers in less than a month. The pairwere also responsible for a car- jacking in a car park. Hennessy admitted eight of- fences. The first was at Corals in Church Road, Tovil, where they punched an employee, made him open the safe and fled with over £900.

Three days later, Hennessy and another man entered Corals in Highview Drive, Chatham and forced staff to open the till. They held a knife to an employee’s throat, forcing his colleague to empty the safe. Their haulwas over £400 and included a Samsung tablet. The same day, two men en-

From left, Jack

Hennessey, Keith

Hodgson and Peter Taylor

tered Betfred in Larkfield and de- manded cash, making off with more than £300. Next day, Taylor, Hennessy and Hodgson went to Grafty Green post office at 11.50am. Wearing masks, they demanded money from the cashier. Shewas unable to open the till and they took alcohol and cigarettes. Hennessy and Hodgson then

took part in four offences including a violent car-jacking. They took £275 in cash from

Corals inWrotham Road, Borough Green, and two days later, a man was punched and kicked as he left his car in Rochester High Street. His wallet, phone and car keys were stolen before the men drove off in his car.

Hennessy and Hodgson also

went into Ladbrokes in Holbor- ough Road, Snodland, threatened to stab a member of staff and took £320 in cash. On December 16 the pair, armed

with a machete, tried to steal Rolex watches at a Ramsgate jewellers but fled empty-handed. Theywere arrested on December

11 after the stolen Seat, driven by Hodgson,was stopped in Pollyfield Close, Snodland, while showing false number plates. The passenger Hennessy, escaped. Hennessy was jailed for eight

years. Hodgson, who admitted six offences, was jailed for six years and four months, and Taylor, who admitted the Grafty Green raid, re- ceived 40 months.


Good rating for school

LARKFIELD’s Brookfield Infant School has achieved a good Ofsted rating after making improvements. The 169-pupil school in Swallow

Road showed yearly improvements in reading after the introduction of a progress tracking system. The school was on course to make fu- ture improvements, the report said. The quality of pastoral care and support at the school was high- lighted, with equal opportunities for all, and pupils made a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This had enhanced personal development and by year two, standards mainly met or exceeded expectations. The school was now planning to

focus on improving teaching, which remained satisfactory fol- lowing staff changes. Teachers were to use assessment in lessons to check progress and support would be given in modelling activ- ities. Pupilswere also to be given a clearer understanding of their place in the global community and an understanding of multi-cultural life.

Head PaulineWoodswas praised

for galvanising the staff “into a co- herent andwell-formed team”. Nearly 70% of parents said their children enjoyed going to school.

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