IN THE NEWS

Kent Police is appealing for information after a man reported he was assaulted in Dartford.  The victim, aged in his 20s, reported he was walking from Watling Street at around 6.15pm on 2 February when a group of people began to verbally abuse him.  He tried to ignore them but they continued to taunt him and when he reached Pilgrims Way, one of the group punched him in the face.  A brick was also thrown at the victim, although it did not strike him, before members of the public intervened and the group ran away.  The suspects are described as all being aged between 14 to 18, all around 5ft 7ins tall and all of slim build.  Investigating officer, Police Constable Alan Atherton-Jackson, said: ‘This was a frightening incident for the victim, who suffered a split lip.  We are following a number of lines of enquiry but I would ask anybody with information to call me on 07964133557, quoting crime reference number XY/003907/15.  Alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Kent Police is also appealing for information after a classic motorbike was reported stolen from Dartford.  It is reported that a turquoise Lambretta L150 was taken from a garage in Broad Lane, between 3pm on 2 February and 12.30am on 3 February.  The motorcycle, which is thought to be worth approximately £4,000, was made in 1959 and is quite distinctive.  Witnesses to the incident or anyone who has seen the vehicle since it was reported as stolen are asked to contact PC Sarah Lambert at Kent Police by calling 01474 366552 and quoting crime reference XY/4098/15.

Darent Valley’s Uro-Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialists run a support group called “Prospect” which is for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer either past or present.  They have also set up a Facebook Community page offering advice and support – further details from Darent Valley Hospital

Gravesend Litter Initiative – Last Friday we asked whether this proposed initiative would work or be of any benefit to Dartford.  As reported by kentonline.co.uk, more than £1,000 of fines have been issued to litter bugs in the first few days of a council crackdown.

A man believed to be in his sixties was rescued by firefighters using winches and hydraulic cutting gear after his vehicle left the carriageway on London Road, Swanscombe, and ended up 15m into a ditch.  Crews using safe access equipment stabilised the vehicle and gave first aid to the casualty before creating space for paramedics to gain access. The casualty was then transferred to a waiting ambulance for further treatment.  Two other casualties were not trapped.  Details from kent.fire-uk.org.  Also coverage from newsshopper.co.uk and kentonline.co.uk

Tomorrow is National Libraries Day, a day of celebration of our public libraries and a reminder both of their importance and of the threats to their existence.  Campaigning for Libraries in Kent have emailed all the Kent County Councillors urging them to visit their local library for National Libraries Day.  The response was less than impressive. Despite two separate emails, only four councillors confirmed that they would be visiting their local library.  With a public consultation on the cards, how many Councillors in Kent will be going out in their community and demonstrating their support for public libraries?  (Editor’s note: It is disappointing that none of the six KCC Councillors representing the Borough appear to have responded or confirmed their support.  With the KCC consultation presently taking place and the future of Central Library under consideration, perhaps this is a message as to what to expect in future.)

Bean Interchange – Lane closures will be in place on the London-bound entry and exit slip roads overnight, between 8pm and 6am, on Monday 9 February details from gov.uk 

A shed was broken into in Wallace Gardens, Swanscombe between Monday 2 February and Wednesday 4 February.  If you can give any information, please contact the Police on 101 quoting Crime Number XY/004110/15 – Swanscombe and Greenhithe Town Council 

Dartford Borough Council has unveiled a heritage plaque marking the spot where two teenage rail passengers with a shared passion for music struck up a conversation before going on to form the greatest rock and roll band in the world.  The blue plaque has been installed on platform 2 at Dartford Station to mark the moment on 17 October 1961 when Mick Jagger met Keith Richards for the first time since primary school and forged a friendship that resulted in the formation of the Rolling Stones the following year.  DBC has unveiled a number of plaques around the Borough over the past decade to celebrate famous residents, visitors and places.  A full list can be seen at dartford.gov.uk.  The next plaque unveiling will take place in Carrington Road, Dartford, in mid-March 2015.  It will mark the spot where a V1 flying bomb fell in 1944, killing 10 people, causing injuries to 107 and damaging nearly 700 homes.

A Dartford singer will appear on BBC’s The Voice UK on Saturday – kentonline.co.uk 

The former Secretary of State for Defence and former Chairman of the Conservative Party, Dr Liam Fox MP, will be visiting Dartford on Monday 9 March for a fundraising event – details from dartford-conservatives.co.uk 

Dartford FC’s FA Trophy replay against FC Halifax Town, already postponed three times, will now be played at Droylesden FC on Saturday – details from dartfordfconline.com

THIS WEEKEND IN DARTFORD

Further information about all of these events and more can be found on our Events Calendar

Saturday
National Libraries Day – events taking place at libraries around the Borough.

Meet Jessica Wright at House of Fraser, Bluewater.

Humpty Dumpty at Wilmington Memorial Hall (and Sunday) – A Hextable and Swanley Players production.

Greenwich Borough v Ashford United – Southern Counties East League.

Sleeping Beauty – A Family Pantomime presented by Dartford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

Hearty’s Valentine’s Disco at Dartford Conservative Club.

Expedition at Miskin Theatre – ‘This fast paced and technical show delivers exciting choreography and themes through different styles of dance.’

Return To The Forbidden Planet at the Orchard Theatre.

Live music: The Escalators at Dartford Social Club

Live music: Streetlife at the Black Horse, Bean – ‘Playing classic Rock n Roll and R&B oldies.

Sunday

Milkshake Live, Party Party at the Orchard Theatre –  ‘This all new musical extravaganza is bound to have audiences up on their feet, singing along, and jumping with delight.

Live music at lunchtime: The Geoff Everett Blues Band at The Ship, Southfleet.

Gillham School of Performing Arts Musical Theatre Showcase at the Mick Jagger Centre.

Quiz Nights at the Ivy Leaf and the Royal Oak.

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About the author

Andy Clark is retired after a long career at Lloyds Register and subsequently the Civil Service. He has lived in Dartford for his entire life.

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