Arrest after boy seriously injured at mass gathering

A man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after several people were injured at a mass gathering. More than 100 people were seen in the street in Tonge Road, Murston, near Sittingbourne, reportedly for a funeral. One person has been flown to a London hospital and others taken to Medway hospital. WATCH: Police and medics called after mass gathering at Tonge Road, Murston An ambulance has been pictured at the junction of Portland Avenue and the air ambulance has landed nearby.

Virus risk to refuse workers

Refuse collectors may be at greater risk of contracting coronavirus because crews cannot always follow government guidance on social distancing. Biffa – which is contracted to collect trash from homes on Sheppey and in Sittingbourne and Faversham – admitted it is "difficult" for crews to be separated with a distance of at least two metres. Three employees have to travel close together in a lorry from a depot to where the route begins.

Ambulance response times set to improve

An increase in calls could be leading to delays in ambulances getting to patients in need of urgent help on Sheppey. Data from South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) shows national targets to the most serious calls are being missed. Figures coincide with a surge in demand, with 13,992 call-outs to the Island in 2018/19 - 2,853 more than five years earlier. In 2017 SECAmb adopted the Ambulance Response Programme which sees most calls allocated into four categories.

Murderer hanged himself while on hourly observations

A prisoner who was serving a life sentence for murder died after hanging himself while on hourly observations. Aleksandras Zuravliovas, who attacked an Italian waiter in Maidstone, was three years into his minimum of 21-year jail term when he was discovered in his cell at Sheppey's HMP Swaleside in Eastchurch on June 3, 2017. The inquest, which lasted four days, heard how the Lithuanian was under an Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) review.
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