Road closure AN 18-month road closure is

planned for Aylesford. Rochester Road is now closed

for up to 18 months between the bridge on Rochester Road South- bound approach to Kits Coty slip and northbound off. The alternative route for any through traffic is via A229 Blue Bell Hill, Lords Lees Roundabout, A229 Blue Bell Hill, Kits Coty Southbound slip off and Rochester Road.

This is to enable Kent County Council to carry out junction im- provement works.

Story time

A STORIES and Rhymes event will be take place at Maidstone Museum.

The under5s story time will

take place from 10.30-11.30am on October 7. Visitors will be able to listen to rhymes and make a themed paper craft to take home.

To allow for social distancing, organisers have limited the num- bers for these sessions. Materials and resources will be quarantined and cleaned between sessions. Tickets must be booked online.

‘Burner’ phone texts send dealer to prison

A MAIDSTONE drug dealer has been jailed after using a “burner” phone to sell heroin and crack co- caine in the town. Jordan Gayle (21), of Charlton Street, had been making regular visits to a convenience store in Mil- ton Street to buy pay-as-you-go vouchers.

CCTV footage from the store linked Gayle to a known phone line used to contact local drug users and make deals. He was ar- rested the next day by County Line and Gang Team officers, who had been investigating a drugs supply chain into Maidstone.

During his arrest, he injured a number of officers.

A search of his property found a package

containing almost 90

wraps of heroin and crack cocaine. Gayle was also carrying £220 in cash and another £2,000 was found hidden on top of a cupboard. A Kent Police spokesman said: “Two phones were seized, one of

which contained a sim card which had been used with the top-up vouchers. A forensic examination of the device revealed text mes- sages had been sent advertising drugs. “Gayle denied any wrongdoing and claimed any money recovered was from benefit payments and

savings. He also accused police of- ficers of ‘planting drugs’ on him.” Gayle was charged with two

counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. He was fur- ther charged with possessing crim- inal property, namely the cash. Gayle pleaded guilty at Maid- stone Crown Court on Tuesday, September 8, and he was sentenced to four years in prison. Detective Sergeant John Moore, of the County Line and Gang Team, said: “Gayle had been con- trolling a county line and had sev- eral established links to gangs across police databases. He also has a history of violent offences. “Those associated with gangs think nothing of the misery they bring to our communities. How- ever, we are continuing to robustly target and disrupt their activities. “Together with our partners and with help from local communities, our work is making it much harder for them to establish a foothold.”

Time on your hands? Don’t know what to do? Why not join the Maidstone Hospital League of Friends


The League of Friends at Maidstone Hospital is a long - established charity raising money for our hospital. The shop at the hospital is a busy retail area stocking everything from soap to sandwiches and is open 7 days a week. Applications are invited from retail orientated persons to work at the shop as assistant to the Manager and to deputise for her in periods of holiday and sickness; this is a Part Time permanent position of around 20 hours p/w. We pay a competitive salary. CV in the first instance to Gareth Owen, Chairman, League of Friends, Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, ME16 9QQ OR

The League of Friends is a registered charity and all monies raised ensures that it can respond to requests for equipment in the hospital.

If you can spare a few hours a week and would like to join a friendly team doing something rewarding for the community please contact:

Jacqui on 01622 224781 24

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