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Crime reports

Chevening Lanein Knockholt On Thursday 16th of November between 8:00pm and 9:00pm. A shed at a residential property was broken into and searched. Nothing appears to have been taken.

Rushmore Hill in Knockholt Between 9:00pm on Sunday 5th of November and 8:00am on Monday 6th of November. The windscreen was smashed on a Land Rover Discovery parked in a driveway.

Main Road in Knockholt On Wednesday 25th of October between 2:45pm and 3:00pm. A Ford Ranger van was broken into. A Stihl garden power tool was stolen.Birchwood Lane in Knockholt Between 6:30pm on Tuesday 7th of November and 6:30am on Wednesday 8th of November. Batteries were stolen from a set of traffic lights control unit.

Brasted Lane in Knockholt On Sunday 28th of May between 3:00pm and 7:00pm. A residential pet was shot by an air rifle.

Pound Lane in Knockholt Between 9:00pm on Sunday 18th of June and 6:00am on Monday 19th of June. A Citroen Relay van parked in a driveway was broken into. Miscellaneous tools were stolen.Main Road in Knockholt    On Thursday 22nd of June between 8:00am and 6:00pm. A residential property was broken into.

Old London Road in Knockholt Between 12:01am on Wednesday 24th of May and 7:19am on Thursday 25th of May. A building site was broken into and several small items were stolen.

Main Road in Knockholt    Between 9:30pm on Thursday 6th of April and 6:30am on Friday 7th of April. A brown Vauxhall Astra, DU62***, was stolen from a residential driveway.
Old London Road in Knockholt    On Thursday 6th of April between 8:10am and 5:50pm. The rear window of a Honda CR-V was smashed while it was parked in the road.

Main Road in Knockholt On Tuesday 28th of March between 3:00am and 3:38am. A person attempted to break into a garage at a residential property. The intruder was disturbed by the alarm being activated

M.ain Road in Knockholt On Friday 24th of March around 9:02am. The driver's window was smashed on a Honda Civic parked in the road. Nothing appears to have been taken.

Main Road In Knockholt On Wednesday 8th of March around 6:35pm. There was an intent to break into a house but the burglar may have noticed the dog and eased off. No goods were taken and no damage caused other than to a garden Gnome which was broken in half, this maybe coincidental.

Attempted break in - Main Road

Message from Chris North:

Just a quick heads up. 

I live in Main Road near Coolings.

Yesterday evening around 6pm there was an attempted break in at my neighbours house.

She was in at the time.

They tried to gain access using a wire coat hanger but were scared off, probably on account of their dog, I don't know. 

Lock up where you can. 

Chris N

Main Road
in Knockholt    On Monday 6th of February between 1:30pm and 2:29pm. A residential property was broken into and a Macbook computer was stolen.


Burglars who tortured pensioners with boiling water sentenced

Two men have each received life sentences after they broke into a home in Halstead and tortured their elderly victims with boiling water.

On 26 April, 2016, Kacey Adams and Daniel Wallace smashed their way into a property in London Road, belonging to a couple aged in their 60s. The victims were tied up and repeatedly assaulted as the men demanded money. Boiling water from a kettle was poured over their heads and bodies and they were also both beaten and threatened with a knife and a hot iron.

The ordeal lasted almost two hours, before Adams and Wallace eventually fled at around 11pm, with a quantity of stolen cash and jewellery. Police were alerted shortly after, when the man managed to untie himself.

Both victims were taken to hospital with serious injuries. The woman suffered around 30 per cent burns to her body and required treatment in an intensive care unit for a number of months.

Crime scene investigators recovered traces of Wallace’s DNA from the fragments of a cup used to provide water to the victims, before it was smashed against a wall. Wallace, aged 32 and of no fixed address and Adams aged 33 and formerly of Covert Road, Hainault, Ilford were then arrested on 31 May, at Heathrow Airport, where they had returned from a shopping trip in Dubai.

Both men appeared before Maidstone Crown Court and pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated burglary and two counts of grievous bodily harm. In a separate case Adams and Wallace were also previously convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, on 10 May, 2016. During this incident a victim survived a shotgun blast but was left with serious injuries including the loss of sight in one eye.

On Monday 3 April sentencing for both cases took place at Chelmsford Crown Court and they will each serve a minimum of 12 and a half years before they are considered for parole.

A third offender connected to the Halstead break-in was also sentenced. Drew Morris, aged 27 and formerly of Rayleigh in Essex was not in the house as the victims were being tortured. He was jailed for four and a half years having previously pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary. 

Detective Inspector James Derham, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: ‘Adams and Wallace smashed their way into the home of two elderly people, before subjecting them to the most horrific ordeal. Between them they poured two kettles of boiling water over the woman’s head and body and a further kettle over her husband.

‘They have inflicted unimaginable pain and distress on two people who had worked hard throughout their lives and were looking forward to their retirement. The gratuitous, barbaric and utterly senseless actions of these two criminals have caused extensive physical and psychological scars to their victims.'

‘This is an extremely rare case that has shocked experienced detectives and which thankfully has now concluded with lengthy sentences. I would like to thank the victims for their courage and assistance throughout this investigation, which has helped bring these men to justice and I hope today’s sentences will help them to now rebuild their lives.’