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Fatal beating 'was like something out of a horror film'

Robert Alderman at Maidstone Crown Court

A dad of five was 'being used as a punch bag' when he was set upon in a late-night attack that was to prove fatal, a court heard.

Fag butt sparks fire

Smokers are being warned of the dangers of carelessly ditching their cigarettes after a discarded fag butt sparked a fire.

Eye in the sky: Photographer snaps perfect halo around sun

Rainham photographer David Neale captured this "sun dog" on the River Medway waterfront

An amateur photographer has captured the spectacular sight of the sun surrounded by a mysterious halo... like a giant eye gazing down from the sky.

Undercover knife op

It is feared the animal killer may move on to target humans next. Stock image

Shops in Medway were found to be selling knives to underage children in an undercover operation.

Man 'strikes killer blows' on dad of five for damaging wing mirrors: Court

Paul Scott died days after an attack by Robert Alderman

A murder suspect was dancing around 'like Mohammed Ali' after allegedly punching and stamping on his victim, a court heard.

Leaflet drop in hunt for alleyway rapist

Do you recognise this man?

Homes in Chatham have been targeted in a leaflet campaign as police continue investigations into a rape in an alleyway.

Search after 999 call

The police helicopter was launched. Stock picture by Chris Davey

The police helicopter was scrambled to try to trace a man police were concerned about.

Murder trial gets underway

Paul Scott died days after an attack by Robert Alderman

The trial of a young man accused of murdering a father-of-five from Medway will start today at Maidstone Crown Court.

One last gathering as club shuts

Royal British Legion Club, Livingstone Road, Gillingham.

A much-loved Royal British Legion club has closed its doors for the last time, despite attempts to save it.

Gills chairman in apology to fans

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has apologised to season ticket holders after some experienced long delays trying to get into Priestfield on Saturday.

Probe into police cell 'near miss'

Stock image

An independent investigation has been launched following an incident at Medway police station in which a man almost died.

Foodbank helping those in need

Warehouse manager Kevin Jennings and volunteer Sandra Wyatt

More than 3,000 people in the Towns, including 1,000 children, have been helped by food parcels from Medway Foodbank.

Inside the Medway Messenger

Medway Messenger, Monday, August 5

Start your week with the Medway Messenger – with all the latest news, sport and entertainment.

Concerns over solar farm plans

Solar panels in a rural field

A huge solar farm with the potential to power thousands of homes could be built in Cliffe.

Legal executive stole thousands by fiddling her expenses

Tracey Robins worked for Furley Page solicitors

A woman has avoided prison after pocketing more than £5,500 by stealing from clients and fiddling expenses.

Two bailed after man and dog stabbed

Officers conduct house to house enquiries in Roach Street, Strood.

Two men have been released on bail after a man and dog were stabbed in an early-morning 'fight'.

Teen's death threat after rape

James Bugden with the screen showing live CCTV pictures

A father has surrounded his home in CCTV after his traumatised daughter who was brutally raped was told to drop the charge... or be killed.

Five hurt in police car crash

Police were called to the scene. Stock picture

Three men and two police officers have been injured in a crash involving a patrol car responding to a 999 call.

Do you know someone who makes a difference?

Sangeeta Bharbra, Pride in Medway 2013 winners Caroline and Matt Loughrey, and paralympian Sascha Kindred

The Pride in Medway 2013/14 awards are launched today and once again we are looking for the Towns' unsung heroes.

A flippin' bad day

Going nowhere...

A driver was taken to hospital with chest injuries after his car hit a bollard in a quiet residential street.

Gills fan tribute match

Gills fan Janet Aluwalia

A football match and fun day is being held in memory of an avid Gills fan who died of breast cancer.

Charity hit hard by costly raid

Police were at the scene of the crash.

Thieves broke into a charity which helps jobseekers, causing £400 of damage.

Mum-of-three must repay £20k

Medway Magistrates' Court

A benefits cheat was caught after her live-in partner called Medway Council’s pest control department.

Student jumped to death after spending £250 on friend's bank card

The Medway Tunnel

A computing student took his own life by jumping from a bridge hours after a housemate discovered he spent £250 using his card, an inquest heard.

11 golds, four silvers, one bronze and now a degree

Paralympian Tanni Grey Thompson

Top Paralympic athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson has received an honorary degree at Rochester Cathedral.

Don't fall victim to internet scam

Residents reported connection issues.

People are being warned about online document scams after a man from Rochester paid £40 for a form he could have got for free.

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