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News Store warning of Tom’s death

THE stabbing to death of a young man fromMaidstone has been highlighted by a visible reminder placed at the Morrisons supermarket.

The circular sticker featuringTom Crittenden’s face with the slogan “Knives Take Lives” has been mounted at eye-level on the cash machines at the Sutton Road store. A man was jailed for 14 years in

2012 for killing 21-year-old Tom with a kitchen knife in 2011. Caleb White (20), of Cornwall

Close, Maidstone, was sent to prison after being convicted of manslaughter at Maidstone Crown Court. Tom died at a house in Sutton

Road following an incident there. Kent Police said Mr Crittenden's

lifewas "needlessly cut short". Since then, Tom’s mother Glenda Crittenden has been campaigning tirelessly to highlight the dangers of knives in the wrong hands. During the trial, the court was

told White attacked Mr Crittenden, whowas not known to him, during

Caroline wins

golf holiday A LADY golfer from Bearsted showed the men a clean pair of heels in the Cecil Leitch Competi- tion, organised by the Kent County Playing Fields Association. The ladies cup and first prize in

the competition, held at Sundridge Park Golf Club, went to Caroline Snepp, of Marriot Tudor Park Golf Club, with a handicap of 18, scor- ing 36 points. Caroline also won the prize for the lady “nearest the pin”. She is now looking forward to a

week’s free accommodation at a luxury villa on the Guadalmina Golf Course in Marbella as part of her prize, as does the men’s win- ner, Adam Bartlett from Lydd. The KCPFA Charity raised over £10,000 from the competition.

Cell checks

KENT’S Police and Crime Commis- sioner Matthew Scott has called for volunteers to come forward to check standards in the county’s po- lice custody cells. There are currently 35 Independ-

ent CustodyVisitors (ICVs) in Kent and he is looking to recruit 15 more. ICVS make unannounced visits

to police stations, checking on the welfare of people being detained in custody and making sure condi- tions are up to scratch. Deadline for applications is Fri-

day, September 30. For details, visit

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an incident involving friends. Recently, Glenda Crittenden teamed up with former gang mem- ber Francis Osei-Appiah, who was jailed for 16 years for an unrelated crime. They visited St Augustine Acad- emy, in Oakwood Road, with Kent

Police officers from the force's Maidstone Community Safety Unit. Mrs Crittenden told pupils about

the terrible impact a momentary de- cision to use a knife can have. She said: "The devastation for families who have lost a child is devastating; the ripple effects reach

Left: Glenda Crittenden talks to pupils at Oakwood School about knife crime and the cashpoint re- minder her son Tom’s death (above)

out far. It destroys families. You live it every day. "I have found these talks have re-

ally hit home. When I told the chil- dren about the knock on the door that every parent dreads they seemed to suddenly realise the re- ality."

German choir

makes debut AN INTERNATIONAL concert of English and German choral master- pieces will be presented at All Saints’ Church, Maidstone, on Sat- urday, October 8. Kent Chamber Choir, conducted

Cars are stars on Green

THEninth annual ClassicCars andRetro Vintage had its most successful year yet and raised more than £3,000 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambu- lance.

Hundreds of visi-

tors flocked to Bearsted Green last month see the 200 classic cars and visit the vintage stalls. The more ener-

getic even danced along with the Med- way Lindy Hoppers, who entertained the crowds through- out the day. The event is or- ganised by local res- ident and classic car enthusiast Philip Hill, with help from Bar- bara Dunford of Kent Community Events. The Peter Willson Trophy for the ‘Best in Show’ was awarded to Keith Hoffman for his 1954 Bentley R type saloon. Pictured here are Katie Ward, left, and Louise Day, from Tovil, who

dressed up for the day. Also pictured (top) is John Eason, of Upper Stone Street, Maidstone, with his 1985 Oldsmobile.

Maidstone Town September 2016

by musical director Alan Vincent, will be joined by choir Kantorei Bar- men-Gemarke, from Wuppertal, making its first visit to the UK. Founded in 1946, the Kantorei has

a widening reputation for its per- formance of European choral sacred music from Renaissance to modern eras. Its conductor and artistic di- rector since 1993, Wolfgang Klasener, has performed church music throughout his career, win- ning international competitions, and is an accomplished organist. The concert, which starts at 7.30pm, will include music by Han- del, Parry, Bach and Britten. Tickets at £15 (£5 for children and full-time students) will be available on the door or in advance from Re- becca Moate on 07715 399320 or re-

Driving ban

AMAIDSTONEmanstopped in his car while three times the drink drive limit has been banned from the road for two years. Timothy Moore (38), from Well

Road, was stopped in his Peugeot 206 in Fairmeadow on May 13. He gave a breath test of 108mg in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg. Mid Kent Magistrates ordered

Moore to do 60 hours community work, pay £85 costs and an £85 vic- tim surcharge.

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