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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OFF THE RECORD -

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.

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