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Thug jailed for attack on woman and police


A VICIOUS thug who punched and repeatedly kicked a woman in her home before hiding in her cupboard to evade police has been jailed.


James Hynd (40) subjected the victim, who is known to him, to a sudden and prolonged assault out- side her Maidstone home before at- tempting to hide in her bedroom. When he was found by police, he assaulted two of them before going on to racially abuse a constable, and threaten further violence, while in custody.


The homeless man admitted as-


sault, two counts of assaulting an emergency services worker, threat- ening behaviour, criminal damage and racially-aggravated abuse. He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday, January 19, to two years and three months in jail.


Hynd turned up at the woman's


home in Mill Street on Sunday, Au- gust 9, 2020, without invitation. They argued outside and the thug punched her in the head and re- peatedly kicked her as she lay on the floor.


“Due to concerns that Hynd was


A police statement said: “Hynd then entered a residential address through a window and officers found him hiding inside a cup- board. Upon being found, a strug- gle took place which led to two police officers being assaulted.


unwell, he was taken to a local hos- pital and placed under the super- vision of Kent Police officers. While being monitored, he threatened vi- olence and directed racial abuse to- wards one of the constables. “Upon being deemed fit for re- lease from the hospital, he was es- corted to a police station and, while being transported, twice spat in a police van. He was later charged with each of the offences and has been held on remand since.” PC Charlie Goddard, Kent Po- lice’s investigating office for the case, said: “Hynd has shown him- self to be of exceptionally poor character. “The assault he subjected upon the woman was vicious, frenzied and completely unprovoked. No one should have to tolerate being on the receiving end of such vio- lence and I am pleased he has now faced justice for these actions.”


Elderly woman robbed at home


A WOMAN in her 80s was punched in the face and knocked to the floor in an aggravated bur- glary in Snodland. A man forced his way into her home in Birling Road at around 7.20pm on Friday, January 22, and demanded money.


He then knocked the woman to the floor before leaving her home with money and jewellery.


A neighbour found the victim


and reported the burglary to po- lice. Detectives have since carried out house-to-house enquiries and are reviewing CCTV in the area. Officers are urging witnesses to come forward. They believe a woman who was running along the road at the time of the inci- dent may have passed the suspect when he was outside the front of


A PARCEL was stolen from a doorstep in Anerley Close, Allington. A yellow Mini Cooper, registration GJ04***, was stolen in Forstal Road, Ayles- ford.


A window of a Honda Accord was smashed in Malling Road, Teston. A gate was damaged at a property in The


Friars, Aylesford. A window was smashed at a house in Malling Road, Teston. Two people were seen throwing some-


thing into a Ford Fiesta which caught fire in Fauchons Close, Bearsted. The driver's side window of a Ford Kuga


was smashed in Heath Road, Linton. Somebody set fire to three cars at a com- mercial premises in Revenge Road, Boxley. Intruders who broke into a house in Hart-


the house and could have vital in- formation.


The suspect is described as being white, short, medium to large build and in his late 30s, possibly early 40s. Witnesses are asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/11496/21. You can also call Crimestoppers, anony- mously, on 0800 555111.


News Arrest follows


armed robbery A SNODLAND man was arrested as part of an investigation into an armed robbery in Ramsgate. The alleged burglary took place at a property in Claremont Gar- dens on June 15, 2020, where the victim had his phone stolen. Officers recovered two imitation firearms on Tuesday, January 12. A 36-year-old man from Snod-


land was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and posses- sion of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. A 22-year- old man from Broadstairs was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery. They have both been released under investigation. Witnesses should call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/101243/20. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111, or fill in the online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.


Scam charge A MAIDSTONE man has been


charged with fraud after allegedly scamming an elderly man. Danny-Lee Andrew (28) is re-


ported to have taken the victim, a man in his 80s, to Sittingbourne and Chatham to get money at a bank and a pawnbroker. Kent Police were called by staff


at a taxi company who were con- cerned for the man’s safety. A Kent Police spokesman said:


“The man said he had made a cash payment to a man who claimed to be from Swale Borough Council, for work at his property.” Andrew was arrested on Satur- day, January 23. He was charged with two counts of fraud and re- manded in custody to attend Med- way Magistrates’ Court.


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


nup Street, Fant, ran off when they were disturbed.


A catalytic converter was stolen from a Honda Accord in Gidds Pond Way, Boxley. Cash was stolen from a vulnerable person in Caring Lane, Thurnham. Parts were stolen from a pushbike chained to a tree in Quarry Square, Maid- stone. Flowerpots were stolen from outside a property in Larking Drive, Allington. Hub caps were stolen from a Citroen


Berlingo in Grecian Street, Maidstone. Fences were damaged at a nursery field in Clapper Lane, Staplehurst. A gym was broken into by smashing a door in Clifford Way, Fant. A wood burning stove was stolen from a house in Tonbridge Road, Mereworth. A Citroen


Berlingo was stolen and


change, a petrol blower and chainsaw were taken in Ritch Road, Snodland. Objects were thrown at a moving vehicle in Impton Lane, Boxley.


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