(LONDON) Woolwich Crown Court Report: A woman from Kent who headed up a crime group that supplied over half a tonne of cocaine and laundered millions of pounds in illicit cash has been jailed for 15 years #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.27: Investigators from the OCP – a joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service Unit – had been watching the group as they conducted multiple drugs and cash handovers in Gravesend, Kent, in the week prior to their arrests.

#AceDailyNews reports on the Venetic Investigation: Kent woman headed up family-run multi-million cocaine dealership: Nicola Stevens’ illegal business was brought down in April last year when she, along with the five other members of the criminal network, were arrested by the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) via takedown of EncroChat

Drugs in packages on floor

The group conducted their business via the encrypted messaging service EncroChat, which was taken down in July 2020 as part of Operation Venetic – the UK law enforcement response to the takedown of encrypted messaging service, EncroChat: Messages downloaded from their phones showed them arranging meetings to pick up or exchange drugs and money on a daily basis: Upon receiving a message that he was about to be delivered some cash, Coribel AKA ‘Dreamwalker’ replies, “And you want me to take to mum?”, referring to Stevens.

Stevens, 51, coordinated the group’s activity with her son-in-law and second in command, Luke Coribel, 32.

They were supported by three couriers – David Adeniji, 29, Kyle Hills, 32, and Quang Viet Pham, 29.

Her partner, Philip Spence, 52, helped launder the dirty cash.

On 14 April 2020, OCP officers watched Adeniji and Hills meet briefly on Hillingdon Road in Gravesend, before both driving separately the short distance to Coribel’s house on Gatwick Road.

Coribel came out of his house and opened the door to his van for Hills, who then transferred a large box from his own van to Coribel’s.

Officers then moved in and detained Hills but Coribel fled the scene on foot. The box was seized from his van and found to cocaine 20 kilos of cocaine. A further four kilos were found under the floorboards in his house.

Adeniji also attempted to drive away but was stopped and arrested a short time after.

At the same time, Stevens and Spence were arrested at their house on Rochester Road, where officers seized over £200,000 in cash, encrypted phones, a money counting machine and drug dealing paraphernalia.

Coribel handed himself in to a local police station two days later.

Officers arrested Pham a week prior to this, after he was seen picking up a bag of cash from Stevens. He had attempted to hide the bag in a specially constructed concealment in his van disguised as a Honda-branded generator.

A matching concealment was found in Adeniji’s car on the day of his arrest.

In another exchange sent during lockdown, Stevens AKA ‘Avocadovermouth’  tells Adeniji AKA ‘Powerroyal’, “Im going to look on line and buy you all hi viz jackets make you look like workers”.

Following Adeniji’s arrest, Stevens received a message telling her “Stay inside… They got royal (Adeniji).” She replied, “Who, the police?” and is then told, “Yes stay in hide money”.

Investigators were able to evidence that in total, the crime group were involved in the movement of over around 786 kilos of cocaine and £5 million in cash.

The total profit of the drugs sold by the group is believed to be at least £27.5 million.

Yesterday (23/07/2021) at Woolwich Crown Court, a jury found Stevens guilty of Conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering. Spence was convicted of money laundering.

They were also both sentenced today to 15 years and nine months respectively.

The other four members of the group had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and money laundering on various dates.

They were each sentenced to between seven and eight years in jail but on 30 April 2021, a judge deemed their sentences too lenient and increased them as follows:

  • Coribel – 8 years 3 months – now sentenced to 13 years
  • Pham – 7 years 2 months – now sentenced to 12 years
  • Adeniji – 8 years 3 months – now sentenced to 13 years
  • Hills – 7 years 6 months – now sentenced to 11 years

John Coles, Head of Specialist Operations at the NCA said: This targeted investigation conducted jointly by the NCA and the Met Police has taken out an entire organised crime group who were responsible for distributing huge amounts of class A drugs throughout London and the home counties: Today’s convictions mean the last remaining members of the group, Stevens and Spence, will join the rest of their criminal family behind bars: Disrupting the organised crime groups responsible for bringing class A drugs into the UK is a priority for the NCA. Cocaine supply causes significant harm to the public through its links to violence and the exploitation of young and vulnerable people: Through our partnership with the Met, we’re able to ensure we’re targeting those higher up the drug supply chain and having a significant impact at a local level.”

Detective Superintendent Simon Moring from the Metropolitan Police Service said: “Tackling violence on the streets of London remains our absolute top priority: This operation has significantly disrupted the activities of an organised crime group intent on importing and distributing Class A drugs across not just London, but the entire of the United Kingdom: There is an undeniable link between drugs and violence on the streets. Many people may believe this level of organised crime has no impact on the day to day lives of the general public, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The drugs distributed by this group would have gone down the chain and ended up being sold on the streets of cities across the country: We will continue to develop and carry out operations of this scale and will continue to identify those involved in serious and organised crime and bring them to justice.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.27: 2021:

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(DOVER, KENT, U.K.) JUST IN: At least 430 migrants crossed the English Channel to the UK on Monday – a new record for a single day – the Home Office has said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.21: Sky News cameras have filmed a dinghy carrying 13 suspected migrants arriving on a beach in Kent: Helicopter footage shows the group coming ashore in Dungeness, with several men sitting on the sand after disembarking: It appears that several other groups have also managed to come ashore after making the dangerous journey across the English Channel.

#AceDailyNews reports that a record 430-illegal-migrants cross English Channel in single day: BBC’s Jon Donnison spoke to some of the migrants trying to make the dangerous journey as France has taken the option not to provide asylum and allowing many to attempt that extremely journey

BBC News: The migrants are believed to have sailed from Northern France or Belgium Dan Johnson Getty Images:

The department said it was taking “substantial steps to tackle the unacceptable problem of illegal migration”.

According to the PA news agency, at least 430 migrants sailed across the Channel on Monday, surpassing the previous record of 416 that was set in September 2020.

High numbers of crossings are being attempted due to the warm weather

Footage shows several suspected migrants arriving on Kent coast as Channel crossings rise

High numbers of crossings are being attempted due to the warm weather.

According to the PA news agency, at least 430 migrants sailed across the Channel on Monday, surpassing the previous record of 416 that was set in September 2020.

Sky’s correspondent Ashna Hurynag, who is in Dover, said: “We have seen the UK paying France a lot of money to up surveillance – but we are talking about miles and miles of coastline that need patrolling.

“Once the police crack down on one of the beaches, you find that suspected migrants pop up elsewhere and again, the routine starts once more.

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“It’s a bit of a cat-and-mouse situation for authorities in France, but also for the authorities here too.”

According to the PA news agency, at least 430 migrants sailed across the Channel on Monday

Women and children – some of whom were too young to walk – were among those who arrived yesterday. Some needed to be supported as they set foot on the beach.

Also on Monday, parliament debated plans to introduce sweeping reforms of the asylum system, with former prime minister Theresa May sounding warnings over the prospect of the UK sending asylum seekers to offshore processing centres – not dissimilar from the ones used by Australia.

Bella Sankey, director of charity Detention Action, said: “The Home Office’s anti-refugee bill is political theatre that doesn’t even pretend to deal with the issue or make our system, safe, fair or efficient.

“We need a mechanism allowing refugees arriving at the UK border in France to be given safe passage, and until we have it, all else is noise and distraction.”

More than 1,850 people have reached Britain on small boats in July so far, according to PA analysis.

That is more than the 2019 total.

Around 50 people were seen landing on the beach at Dungeness in Kent after crossing in one dinghy.

The group included women and young children. 

It comes after eight boats carrying 241 migrants reached the UK on Sunday. 

So far this year, nearly 8,000 people have reached the UK in about 345 boats.

The previous daily high of 416 was set in September 2020

PA MediaThe dinghy’s arrival was watched over by the crew of an RNLI lifeboat

Home Secretary Priti Patel has pledged to make Channel crossing “unviable”. 

Dan O’Mahoney, clandestine channel threat commander, said: “There is an unacceptable rise in dangerous small boat crossings across the channel because of a surge in illegal migration across Europe.

“People should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach and not risk their lives making these dangerous crossings. We are continuing to pursue the criminals behind these illegal crossings.”

He added that the Nationality and Borders Bill would “protect lives and break this cycle of illegal crossings” and the government was continuing to return those with no legal right to remain in the UK. 

Under the bill, which is currently being considered by MPs, it would become a criminal offence to knowingly arrive in the UK illegally.

Migrants entering without permission could face up to four years in prison.

But the plans have been criticised by charities including Refugee Action, which has called them “extreme and nasty”.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.20: 2021:

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(KENT, U.K.) County Lines & Gangs Team Police Report: Drugs and weapons were seized and 20 people arrested by officers in June and the team executed eight warrants and seized around £9,000 in cash #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.09: Reece Modeste, 25, of Dunlin Drive, St Mary’s Island appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 11 June charged with possessing crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.

#AceDailyNews reports that at least 20-people have been arrested by officers from the County Lines and Gangs Team: Included in the arrests was a man who was stopped in Great Lines, Chatham on Thursday, 10 June 2021 after it was suspected he may be dealing drugs. A subsequent search revealed around 20 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin and he is due before Maidstone Crown Court on July.09: 2021:

Charged

Another arrest by the team resulted in a court appearance. At 11.30am on Tuesday 15 June 2021, officers in plain clothes saw three men acting suspiciously near Terrace Road. One of the men was stopped and searched and a man was arrested. Enquiries led the officers to a flat in Terrace Road which they searched. The team recovered a quantity of heroin and crack cocaine.

Adam Haddock of Tonbridge Road, Maidstone was later charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply and possession of heroin with intent to supply.

On Wednesday 16 June, Mr Haddock aged 33, was remanded by Medway Magistrates’ Court to appear at a hearing at Maidstone Crown Court on a date to be confirmed.

Sentenced

A dealer from Sevenoaks is beginning a four-year prison sentence after being identified as running a county line. Bradley Wynter, 32, of Devonshire Road, Forest Hill was linked to a mobile phone offering drugs for sale in Sevenoaks.
The number used by Wynter was linked to a specific phone known as the ‘Flipz’ line between February and May 2021. Enquiries revealed that Bradley Wynter owned the phone and regularly travelled from London to Sevenoaks in hire cars to sell heroin and crack cocaine.

A search warrant was executed at Wynter’s home address on 12 May 2021. Inside the premises, officers seized the phone that had been used to send the messages along with almost five and a half grams of crack cocaine and heroin. The drugs had an estimated street value of around £500.

Wynter was arrested and later charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine, being concerned in the supply of heroin, possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply and possessing heroin with intent to supply.

He pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and on Thursday 17 June, 32-year-old Wynter was sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment.

Also starting a prison sentence is Armani Hemley, 28, of Ethronvi Road, Bexleyheath, Greater London who was charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to supply and dangerous driving. In 2020, detectives found that a specific phone, known as the AJ line, was being used to offer class A drugs to users in the town. Investigations identified that Hemley was in the possession of the phone and used different cars to travel to Kent to deliver the drugs.

On 30 June, officers attended an address in Bermondsey, Greater London. As they approached, Hemley attempted to run from the premises, throwing a package over a wall. He was detained and when the package was examined it was found to contain 82 wraps of heroin and 161 deals of crack cocaine. The officers also seized £180 from a bag he was carrying and a mobile phone that was later proven to be the AJ line.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court and on Friday 25 June 2021, was sentenced to five years and ten months’ imprisonment. He was also disqualified from driving for a total of five years.

Detective Superintendent Shaun White of Kent Police said: ‘The team have been relentless in pursuing county line dealers and doing everything possible to safeguard the vulnerable people targeted by these criminals: We will continue to use all the resources available to us to target and dismantle the county line drug dealing network operating in the county. The people behind these criminal gangs have a detrimental impact on the quality of life for residents and prey on vulnerable people: ‘ My team will continue to disrupt these dealers and do everything in their power to put dealers behind bars.’

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.09: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA REPORT: Three men arrested as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into the attempted smuggling of 69 Albanian migrants into the UK on a fishing vessel have today been charged #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.12: The Crown Prosecution Service has now authorised charges of conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration, and they will appear before Southend Magistrates later today:

NCA Update: Three charged in investigation into Harwich fishing boat people smuggling event: The trio, Arturas Jusas, aged 34, a Lithuanian national of Wandsworth Road, Lambeth; Kfir Ivgi, 32, an Israeli national living in Corrigan Close, Finchley; and Sergejs Kuliss, 39, of Hartlake Road, Tonbridge in Kent, were detained by officers in a series of raids yesterday [8 June].

Update: 09 June 2021

The operation follows the interception of the fishing boat Svanic off the coast of East Anglia on 17 November last year, as part of a joint operation involving the NCA, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force.

The boat had sailed from the Ostend area of Belgium and was carrying 69 Albanian passengers.

It was escorted into Harwich where the three crew, a Latvian national and two Ukrainian nationals, were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration. They were subsequently charged.

08 June 2021

Three men have been arrested in London and the south east as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into the attempted smuggling of 69 Albanian migrants into the UK on board a fishing vessel in November 2020.

boat

The trio, a 34-year-old Lithuanian national living in Lambeth, a 32-year-old Israeli national living in Finchley and a 39-year-old Latvian national living in Kent, were detained by NCA officers in a series of raids this morning.

They are now being questioned on suspicion of attempting to facilitate illegal immigration.

The arrests follow the interception of the fishing boat Svanic off the coast of East Anglia on 17 November last year, as part of a joint operation involving the NCA, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force.

The boat had sailed from the Ostend area of Belgium and was carrying 69 Albanian passengers, who were offloaded in Harwich to be dealt with by the immigration authorities.

The three crew members, a Latvian national and two Ukrainian nationals, were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration and were subsequently charged.

NCA Regional Head of Investigation Jacque Beer said: Those arrested today are suspected of having played a key role in the events which led up to the interception of the Svanic in November last year: This was a serious attempt to breach the UK’s border controls, and our investigation into that incident continues: But today’s activity once again demonstrates our determination to disrupt and dismantle people smuggling networks wherever they are operating. It is a key priority for the NCA.”

#AceNewsDesk report …….Published: Jun.12: 2021:

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(KENT, U.K) Immigration Crisis Report: What started out as a big welcome to migrants by the general public has now turned into chants of “enough is enough.” As another 400-migrants land on the shores #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.02: While all attention was on the dangers of the coronavirus, the economic lockdowns, and the resulting destruction of the economy, a steady stream of illegal Muslim migrants have been entering Britain in total defiance of COVID rules and the rule of law. UK authorities simply turned a blind eye. The protests proved too embarrassing for one politician, Natalie Elphicke, who said: “It’s time to stop the small boats crossings but today’s protestors are not welcome in Dover.”

KENT: UK: Protesters declare ‘Stop the Invasion’ as 400 more migrants arrive via English Channel: What started out as a big welcome to migrants by the general public has now turned into chants of “enough is enough.”

Elphicke, as a public servant, is insensitive to the concerns of those who have had enough of these illegal incursions, and of the inaction of the government:

“The top five most common countries of nationality for asylum seekers are from Iran, Iraq, Eritrea, Pakistan and Albania. Two-thirds of resettled refugees in the UK are Syrian nationals.”

“‘Enough is Enough’: Protest Against Illegal Migration Held in Dover as Over 400 More Boat Migrants Land,” by Kurt Zindulka, Breitbart, May 31, 2021:

Over 400 illegal boat migrants landed in the space of 24 hours as a protest was held in Dover against the growing migration crisis in the English Channel.

On Saturday, some 144 migrants were recorded landing on British soil, following 336 landing on Friday, according to BBC reporter Simon Jones.

While migrants were being escorted by the British Border force through the Port of Dover, where they were brought ashore to be processed by immigration officials, police made four arrests of anti-immigration activists during a protest in the English coastal town.

Protesters staged a sit-in on Snargate Street, blocking off the road for at least an hour, waving flags, carrying banners reading “Stop the Invasion”, and chanting “enough is enough”.

One protester, dubbed Brexit Brian, told local news outlet Kent Online that he is not “far-right” but came to the protest to stand up for the principle of stopping illegal migration into Britain.

“So many of us are upset about with the government and their policies, especially as most of us in this country have been on lockdown and it seems that the illegal immigrants have not had the same lockdown conditions that we have had,” he said.

Responding to whether he is “far-right” or a supporter of the National Front, Brian said: “That’s not the case at all. I’m simply a patriot — I know it’s an anomaly, people might think ‘what’s a black guy doing [here]’ — but actually it has nothing to do with being black or white, it’s to do with the principles, the principles of illegal immigration, it’s got to stop.”

The protest was criticised by the local Conservative MP, Natalie Elphicke, who said: “It’s time to stop the small boats crossings but today’s protestors are not welcome in Dover…..

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.02: 2021:

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(KENT, U.K) Canterbury Crown Court Report: A Lithuanian lorry driver has been jailed for nine years after attempting to smuggle 24 kilos of cocaine into the UK #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.22: The National Crime Agency launched an investigation after Robertas Trimailovas, aged 46, of Alytus, was stopped at Dover’s Eastern Docks on 5 April this year:

KENT: ‘Lorry driver hid cocaine worth £1m in cab: Border Force officers searched the cab section of the Lithuanian-registered lorry and found the cocaine hidden in three separate spaces in the lining surrounding the driver’s bunk bed’

Robertas TRIMAILOVAS

The drugs would have been worth around £1m if sold on the streets of the UK.

Trimailovas was interviewed by NCA officers and subsequently charged with importing a class A drug. He pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court on 10 May, and was sentenced to nine years at the same court today (14 May).

NCA Dover Branch Commander Martin Grace said: “Drug runners like Trimailovas should be in no doubt about our determination to catch them and bring them to justice.

“Class A drugs bring violence and exploitation to our communities, and working with partners like Border Force we are committed to disrupting the organised crime groups involved.”

Drug packages image

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.22: 2021:

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(KENT, U.K.) Medway Magistrates Court Report: A 21-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of police community support officer Julia James #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.12: Ms James, 53, was found dead on 27 April next to Akholt Wood, Snowdown, near Dover, having suffered serious head injuries.

LONDON: ‘Julia James: Man appears in court charged with PCSO murder: Callum Wheeler, from Aylesham, appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court in person’

Published: May.11: 2021:

Julia James
Julia James was a serving PCSO with Kent Police

He has been remanded in custody and is next due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday. 

Mr Wheeler spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

Ms James had worked for Kent Police since 2008, and her family said she was “fiercely loyal” and “loved with her whole heart”.

She had been walking her dog near her home at the time of the attack, police said.

The Crown Prosecution Service authorised a charge of murder on Monday following Mr Wheeler’s arrest by Kent Police at 21:30 BST on Friday.

Kent Police has issued a new appeal for witnesses, saying detectives were confident some people who were in the area at the time of Ms James’s death have yet to come forward. 

The public have given police about 1,000 pieces of information, a force spokesman said.

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(KENT) LATEST: Kent Police Report: Detectives investigating the murder of community officer Julia James are “not 100 per cent sure” what murder weapon was used, police said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.07: Mr Pughsley said other forces were helping in the inquiry, and he appealed to the killer to give themselves up:

KENT: Julia James: Police don’t know weapon used to kill PCSO: Kent Police’s chief constable Alan Pughsley also said detectives still had no motive or suspect in the case: Ms James, 53, was found on 27 April near woodland in Snowden Kent, having suffered serious head injuries: He said detectives were not able to say if the attacker was a man or a woman and officers would like to speak to anybody who was in the area pictured on 27 April: Ms James left her home in The Crescent just after 15:00 BST on 27 April to take her dog for a walk in nearby woodland.

Julia James

Julia James’s body was found near her home in Snowdown

Image of man released as part of Julia James murder enquiry

An image of a man who could be key to the Julia James murder investigation has been released by detectives.

Officers want to speak to the individual pictured who is understood to have been in the Aylesham area on Wednesday 28 April 2021 – the day after PCSO Julia James was murdered.

Julia, 53, was found deceased next to Akholt Wood in Snowdown at around 4pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021. She had been working at home that day before taking her Jack Russell Toby for a walk in the Aylesham Road area.

A post-mortem revealed Julia died from significant head injuries.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Richards from Kent Police said:

‘We are now in a position to release an image of a man we would like to speak to.

‘We firmly believe he has information that could help this investigation and we urge him to come forward.

‘We are also appealing to the public or anyone who knows this individual to please come forward with his details. Perhaps he lives near you, perhaps you work with him or perhaps he visits your local shop to buy food. 

A £10,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to a conviction in the case.

‘Please get in touch and help us find the answers Julia’s family deserve.’Anyone who recognises the man in the photo is urged to contact Kent Police on 0800 0514 526. Witnesses and anyone with any other information, CCTV or dashcam footage are also still being asked to submit details online at this link.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: May.07: 2021:

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(KENT, U.K.) JUST IN: At least two people have been seriously injured after an explosion ripped through a property engulfing it in flames and trapping several inside #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.04: Emergency services freed ‘a number of people’ who were trapped, while witnesses said a ‘hero’ pulled neighbours from the wreckage of the terraced home in Mill View:

Two casualties after huge explosion rips through houses trapping people inside: ‘Residents reported hearing an explosion that shook their houses in the street in Willesborough, Ashford, shortly before 8am on Tuesday morning according to MetroUK today’

Tues.4 May 2021 9:04 am

A property has exploded in Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, leaving several injured.
Video footage shows the property engulfed in flames as emergency services were scrambled to the scene (Picture: PA/@CFC_Hazz)

An elderly couple reportedly live in the house and were rescued.

Seven people have been rushed to hospital with two seriously injured and a further five with less serious wounds. One person was airlifted from the scene at about 10am.

Footage shows a huge blaze engulfing the house as officers attempt to keep bystanders back, while images show others fleeing the fire as neighbours wearing their pyjamas looked on.

Smoke can be seen billowing from the hollowed out home which was was left with no walls and just the chimney remaining.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said seven fire engines and a height vehicle are currently at the scene as firefighters continue to extinguish the flames. Gas engineers have also been called in.

Huge gas explosion destroys house in Willesborough, Ashford

Huge gas explosion destroys house in Willesborough, Ashford

Emergency services attend the scene of a house fire in Mill View in Willesborough, near Ashford, Kent following a reported explosion.
The blaze has left a property completely destroyed (Picture: PA)
Paramedics and emergency services attend to an injured person at the scene of a house fire in Mill View in Willesborough, near Ashford, Kent following a reported explosion.
A number of people were trapped inside the property (Picture: PA)

Sharing footage on Twitter, one local resident wrote: ‘Huge gas explosion on my road, front of the house is completely gone’.

Another local earlier told KentOnline: ‘It looks like just one house is on fire. There is debris absolutely everywhere.’

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Crews are working to extinguish any remaining signs of fire following an explosion at a house in Mill View, in Willesborough, Ashford.’

‘Crews are working with Kent Police and SECAmb, including its Hazardous Area Response team, and the air ambulance has also sent two road vehicles to the scene,’ added the spokesperson.

‘Two casualties have been passed into the care of SECAmb.’

Kent Police said it is not yet known what caused the explosion but it is not being treated as suspicious. 

Firefighters tackle blaze after house explodes in Kent

Firefighters tackle blaze after house explodes in Kent

The first pictures of the aftermath of this morning's explosion show the carnage caused by the blast in Mill View, Ashford.
Two casualties have been confirmed (Picture: UKNIP)
Emergency services attend the scene of a house fire in Mill View in Willesborough, near Ashford, Kent following a reported explosion.
Seven fire engines were rushed to the scene (Picture: PA)

‘A number of people were reported to have been trapped in the rubble and were rescued,’ said a spokesperson.

‘Two people sustained serious injuries and were taken to a London hospital. A further five people were treated locally for injuries described as less serious. All residents are now accounted for.

‘The Salvation Army have set up a centre at a local village hall to provide support to those who have been evacuated.’

Kent Police have urged people to stay away from the area, while a number of roads are cordoned off.

'Gas explosion' in Mill View, Willesborough, Ashford.
One resident said the front of the house was ‘completely gone’ (Picture: @CFC_Hazz)
Paramedics and emergency services attend to an injured person at the scene of a house fire in Mill View in Willesborough, near Ashford, Kent following a reported explosion.
Residents reported hearing the explosion just before 8am (Picture: PA)
'Gas explosion' in Mill View, Willesborough, Ashford.
Emergency services have so far rescued a ‘number of people’ (Picture: @CFC_Hazz)

The London Air Ambulance was also sent and landed in Hythe Road recreation ground behind the homes in Osborne Road.

A South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm our attendance at an incident in Mill View, Willesborough, Ashford, reported to us shortly before 8am.

‘Ambulance crews including our Hazardous Area Response Team are at the scene with police and fire colleagues.

‘The air ambulance service has also sent two road vehicles to the scene. We are assessing patients at the scene and will issue further details when available.’

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