Vandals attack buses and gritters in New Ash Green
(Kent Messenger, 2 Feb) Brick attack on gritting lorry by Oliver's Mill was followed by another attack on the 20.07 Gravesend to New Ash Green bus. Windscreen smashed, Arriva withdrew buses from Hartley and New Ash Green the following evening.
Police car rammed by burglary suspect after chase from Medway to Longfield
(Kent Messenger, 14 Feb) Policemen suffer whiplash when car they were pursuing backed into them at Longfield.
New Ash Green: Primary evacuated
(Kent Messenger, 20 Feb) School evacuated after hoax call.
Freezing weather closes local schools
(Kent Messenger, 2 March) Our Lady of Hartley School closed during the recent cold spell.
Man arrested after 'crashing car' during police chase
(Kent Messenger, 5 March) Car stolen in Hartley crashes into telegraph pole in Hextable following police chase.
Dartford man named as victim of Red Arrows crash
(Kent Messenger, 21 March) Tributes paid to Red Arrows engineer who died in crash at Anglesey. He was born in Dartford, lived as a child in Hartley and attended Longfield School.
Fire at Speedgate Farm, Fawkham
(Kent Messenger, 26 March) 100 hay bales catch fire.
Suspect burglar of Dartford, due in court
(Kent Messenger, 29 March) Man arrested after burglary in Gorsewood Road, Longfield and elsewhere.
(Kent e-Watch) Crimes reported in February and March were: Criminal Damage 3 (Brambledown, Woodland Avenue, Ash Road), Burglary 2 (Porchester Close, Cherry Trees)
UnemploymentLocally the latest March 2018 figures are set out below (change since March 2017 in italics):
Hartley 15 (0.5%) -10
New Ash Green 20 (0.6%) unchanged
Fawkham/W Kingsdown 25 (0.8%) unchanged
Longfield/Southfleet 25 (0.7%) unchanged