News and advice from Kent Police

Don't let them mess with your head

Stay safe this winter

Whether you are shopping, socialising or driving in bad weather, make sure you take steps to keep yourself, your home and your valuables safe. For our top tips, visit www.kent.police.uk/staysafe

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Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the county; visit our website (www.kent.police.uk), find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter - @kent_police or @kentpolicegrav

Contacting Kent Police

If you need to report a crime, you can call us on 999 (for emergencies where a crime is in progress or life is in immediate danger) or 101 (for enquiries about policing issues, to speak to your neighbourhood officer or to report a crime after the event). You can also visit our front counters - details of our opening hours are available on our website.

Serial burglar sentenced to five years

A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison after he admitted carrying out 11 burglaries across Kent, Surrey, Wiltshire and West Sussex. The man, who appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday 9 December, was caught following an investigation by detectives from Kent Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit who used the data on his phone to trace his movements.

Read the full details on the Kent Police website.

Images released in connection with recent burglaries

Can you help us identity two men that detectives would like to speak to following a series of recent burglaries in Sevenoaks, Maidstone, Meopham, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells? One man, seen in Longfield on 18 October, is described as being very pale-skinned with freckles. The second man, spotted in Seal, near Sevenoaks, on 16 September was described as white with a smooth face.

You can view images of both men on our website.

Protect against burglary; Light it, Lock it, List it

Dark nights and valuables on display can tempt thieves to strike. Don’t forget there are simple steps you can take to make sure your home and valuables are protected. For crime prevention advice, including our video Don’t Let Them Mess With Your Head, visitwww.kent.police.uk/burglary

Recovered property - is it yours?

Have you, or someone you know, been burgled or had a bike stolen? Check out the list of recovered items on our website. If you can identify any of your belongings here, you could also potentially assist us in linking offenders to crimes.

Domestic abuse – don’t suffer in silence

While most people look forward to the holidays, for others it can be a stressful time that leads to family tensions, anger and sometimes even worse. Domestic abuse is not just physical and it can affect anyone. Remember, you are not alone. If you are in immediate danger, call 999. For details of help and support available for victims, families and perpetrators of domestic abuse in Kent, visit www.kent.police.uk/abuse

The 12 online frauds of Christmas

Last year fraudsters targeted thousands of people shopping online, leaving them out of pocket and corrupting their computers with viruses. For the latest advice check out The 12 online frauds of Christmas, run in partnership with City of London Police and Action Fraud. If you think you’ve been targeted, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or atwww.actionfraud.police.uk

Justice Seen Justice Done

A 30-year-old woman from Northfleet has been sentenced to 100 days in prison, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to stealing £170 in cash from a man in Gravesend on 27 August 2014. The woman must also pay £170 in compensation, £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

A Northfleet man has been sentenced to 14 days in prison after pleading guilty to drink driving following an incident on 20 September 2014. The 52-year-old, who was more than twice the legal limit, was also disqualified from driving for 24 months. Due to a previous offending history, the overall sentence has been increased to 98 days.

Every week we release details of offenders sentenced at Magistrates’ Court, including their name, the crime and the outcome. To view the latest Justice Seen, Justice Done results visit www.kent.police.uk/justice

Talk to your local officers

We hold regular public meetings and surgeries to give residents an opportunity to talk to local Police Community Support Officers about policing issues in the area.

For details of future meetings where you live, visitwww.kent.police.uk/gravesham

csu.gravesham@kent.pnn.police.uk

North Kent Police Station, Thames Way, Northfleet, Gravesend, DA11 8BD.

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Always call 999 if life is in danger or a crime is in progress. Call 101 for non-urgent crime reporting, to speak to your neighbourhood officer or for general enquiries.

Do not report urgent crimes requiring immediate assistance to your neighbourhood officer. Find out about other ways to contact us.