AN INVESTIGATION is being carried out after a confidential document describing pupils and parents of a Kent school in insulting terms was found lying in a street. Pupils at The Howard School in Rainham are described as “wallies” and “dingbats.” The file, which was apparently found in a street in Rainham, also calls parents “lazy, rough and unsuitable.” The front cover of the document said: “Do not leave lying around.” The school’s deputy head teacher, Bill Edgar, said the incident was regrettable and the school will now be reviewing its procedures.
A SERIAL sex offender who raped a woman in a multi-storey car park just one day after being released from prison has been jailed indefinitely. Stephen Gale, 33, right, followed the woman from a train at Tunbridge Wells to the car park in Vale Road in February this year. Maidstone Crown Court was told that just hours earlier Gale had signed on the Sex Offenders’ Register at Tonbridge police station. The victim had a knife held to her stomach throughout her ordeal and feared she would die. Judge Andrew Patience, QC, said that it was “hard to foresee a time” when Gale would be considered safe for release.
A HOSPITAL doctor who stole drugs from the stroke unit at Kent and Canterbury hospital was under considerable stress because of a proposed arranged marriage, a court was told. Over a 48-hour period, Dr Omah Ahmed, 28, stole seven 10mg ampoules of morphine, one ampoule of diamorphine and 10 morphine sulphate tablets. Dr Ahmed appeared for sentence at Canterbury Crown Court having admitted four thefts in April last year and was given a 12-month community order with supervision with a condition he continues treatment he is currently receiving.
LEADING conservationist and TV personality David Bellamy, right, will this weekend open Fowlmead Country Park, created on the site of the former Betteshanger Colliery tip, near Dover. At a cost of £18.8million, the 200-acre site has been given a new lease of life, thanks to English Partnerships, the national regeneration agency led by the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA). The opening ceremony is at 3pm on Sunday.
THREE men forced their way into a couple’s home and stole cash. The robbery took place in Bush Road, Cuxton, near Rochester, at around 9.30pm on Wednesday. The couple, who are in their 60s, did not suffer any serious injuries in the incident, although they were threatened by the gang.