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Victim hands over £3,000 in fake police scam

A victim of a scam handed over £3,000 cash to a fraudster after a bogus telephone call from a man posing as a police officer.

Kent Police said it was one of eight similar reports on Thursday from people living in Faversham.

In each call, the man claimed to be from the police and said he had someone in custody who had cloned their bank card or told the caller that they had a substantial amount of money taken from their account.

They were then told to withdraw money from their account and meet a courier who would collect the money.

Det Sgt Rachel Howson from the Volume Fraud Team said: “Unfortunately those who are targeted are often the most vulnerable, such as elderly people or victims with learning difficulties.”

She added that police officers will never ask a member of the public for their bank details or money over the phone.

Dermatology waiting times criticised by councillors

Natalie Eacersall

BBC live reporter

County councillors criticised north Kent’s dermatology provider for long waiting times and unanswered phonecalls.

Their complaint was aimed at DMC Healthcare, a private company which took over the running of skin care clinics from Medway Maritime Hospital in April.

Patients with severe skin conditions have complained about not being able to get through to anyone from DMC for an appointment.

Almost 70 patients have waited more than a year to be seen by a specialist.

The dermatology services changed hands after the trust, which runs Medway Maritime Hospital, handed the contract back for patients in Medway, Swale, Dartford, Swanley and Gravesham.

A report by Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (MCG), which was presented to the committee, outlined the actions taken by DMC to cut the waiting times down for patients.

It read: “DMC has received significantly higher than anticipated volumes of calls (46,000 in April 2019) as a result of the transfer of services which has resulted in patients experiencing delays and difficulties contacting DMC.

"To address the backlog DMC will continue to hold a significantly higher number of clinics to ensure patients are treated as quickly as possible and to prevent the backlog negatively impacting on the new service. Based on the current trajectory the backlog is anticipated to be cleared by June 2019.”

Following these revelations, Kent County Council is calling for those involved to defend their record to the committee before Christmas.

Teenager badly injured in assault

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

A teenager has been airlifted to hospital in London after being attacked in Canterbury.

He suffered serious injuries during the attack, which happened in Whitefriars Street at about 18:00 BST on Thursday.

Whitefriars Street, Canterbury
The attack happened in one of Canterbury's busiest shopping streets

Police say five other teenagers have been arrested in connection, a 16-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and two 15-year-old boys, all from Canterbury, and a 17-year-old boy from Margate.

Men arrested 'while printing fake money'

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

Kent Police has uncovered an alleged money laundering ring worth a “staggering” £5.2m in £20 notes.

When the in investigation was launched the Bank of England knew of at least £152,000 of counterfeit cash in circulation.

Chief constable Alan Pughsley told a meeting on Wednesday: “An operation commenced in January with regard to intelligence from the organised crime group counterfeiting currencies.

“Lots of work then commenced over a period including covert and overt work building an intelligence picture until May, where we believed we had identified the premises and believed there was a print run live at that time.

“We went to the address and found two individuals there at the time literally hands on in the middle of counterfeiting a number of £20 notes.”

At least five people have been arrested as part of the alleged conspiracy to print fake notes at a business premises in Beckenham.

Mr Pughsley added: “This is, according to the Bank of England, the biggest ever seizure of £20 notes.

“It would have had significant damage to the UK economy."

Bodycam captures knife attack on police officer
Stab vest stops three knife blows as officer's hand cut in struggle.

Kent Premium Bond holder wins jackpot

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

A Premium Bond holder in Kent is celebrating after bagging the £1m jackpot.

The winner has £4,210 invested in Premium Bonds, and the winning bond was bought in 2000.

Jill Waters, NS&I retail director, said: "We hope that news of this win will bring them happiness and financial security for many years.”

In 62 years Premium Bonds have paid out 442 million prizes worth £19.5bn.

In Kent, there are 40,623 unclaimed prizes, collectively worth just over £1.5m.

One person has a £50,000 prize from November 2007 which is still waiting to be claimed.

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The Argus: Botched bunion surgery leaves woman housebound

Kent Online: Tributes to girl set to 'rule the world' before unexplained death

Get Surrey: Former Epsom Hospital children's doctor suspended

Chichester Observer: Selsey sexual assault: Man hands himself in

Eastbourne Herald: Injury left working mum relying on foodbanks

Crawley and Horley Observer: Runaway lorry rolls downhill with unconscious driver

Worthing Herald: Graffiti by Worthing's Banksy should be removed, council officers say

Mid Sussex Times: Burgess Hill Academy celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted rating

Brighton and Hove News: Most Brighton A&E patients satisfied despite having to wait longer than average

Hastings Observer: Firefighters battling another blaze at derelict Hastings care home

Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton shortlisted for Best Walking Neighbourhood Award

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Worthing Herald: 'Special and gentle' Littlehampton man, 29, died suddenly in his sleep

The Argus: Boy left in coma after Brighton crash recovers

Get Surrey: Updates and reaction after Ye Olde Six Bells pub in Horley devastated by fire

Eastbourne Herald: Eastbourne advice service announces closure after 27 years

Crawley and Horley Observer: M23 near Gatwick Airport closed as car rolls over

Mid Sussex Times: Plans for new gym in Burgess Hill revealed

Brighton and Hove News: Campaigners discuss future of Brighton hospital site

Hastings Observer: Emergency response to fire in Hastings town centre

Brighton and Hove Independent: Brighton club seeks licence for alcohol

Kent Online: Canterbury Castle could reopen in 2021

Chichester Observer: Chichester pupil wins West End award for role in School of Rock

Measles cases reported in Canterbury

People in Canterbury are being advised to check they are up-to-date with two doses of the MMR vaccine following five confirmed cases of measles in the area.

Public Health England is working closely with the NHS and local authorities to raise awareness of how the public can protect themselves and their families and prevent further cases.

Symptoms include high fever, sore eyes, coughing and a blotchy rash.

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Move to exempt under-25s from council tax

Caitlin Webb

Local Democracy Reporter

Care leavers under the age of 25 are one step closer to being exempt from paying council tax.

Members of Kent County Council have agreed to pursue proposals brought forward by the authority’s young people’s council, made up of young people who have been in social care.

Young adults who are leaving the care system are more likely to become homeless than their counterparts.

To address this imbalance, members of the young people’s council has called for care leavers living in Kent to be exempt from council tax until their 25th birthday.

Council leader Paul Carter said: “It won’t cost massive amounts of money and this is something, I think, we all would like to happen. We intend to get there as fast as possible.”

The council will approach the 12 district and borough authorities after discussing the plans at the full council meeting on Thursday.

Young care leavers in Wales and Scotland are exempt from paying council tax up to the age of 25.

Manchester, Southwark and Nottingham councils have also put a similar waiver in place.

The biscuits bridging generation divides

These biscuits help to bridge the generational divide
A community project in Kent is bringing young and old together with the help of biscuits and dancing. 
The "Love Grows" projects aims to encourage friendships between generations and challenge the perceptions of what it is like to be young or old.