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More go to the tower

Contributed by localrags on Nov 02, 2003 - 03:28 PM

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<FONT size=2>More than 2,000 people climbed the steps to Folkestone’s Martello
<FONT color=black>Tower No.3 after a successful summer that has seen a 37 per cent rise in visitors o­n last year.

The tower at Folkestone’s East Cliff which has closed its doors for this year, to visitors, was built as part of the defences against an invasion by Napoleon.
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Increased marketing to schools resulted in a rise in school parties going to the tower for educational purposes and the art exhibition by Stephanie Methven created an additional interest for visitors.

<FONT size=2><FONT face=Arial color=black>Tamasin Barnes, Tourism and Events Officer was pleased with the number of visitors.

She said: “Not o­nly have they been fascinated by the history of the tower, they admire the long reaching views across to France and the changeable weather as the tower is perched high o­n the East Cliff in such an exposed location.

“I am pleased that the tower is receiving more visitors. It’s been a good season and the great weather and lots of activity surrounding the tower has meant that people have been brave enough to climb to its doors.�

I chopped that tree says Peter Smith.

Contributed by localrags on Nov 01, 2003 - 02:25 PM

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Hawkinge and Shepway Liberal Democrat Councillor Peter Smith told the Gazette he was responsible for the tree surgery which had prompted residents to contact us.

He said that it had been agreed that something had to be done about the tree in the middle of the Leisuredrome car park, at a Parish Council meeting which he thought took place about two years ago.

Residents have complained to him about children throwing bricks at the horse chestnut tree.

Peter told the Gazette he had contacted the Tree Officer at Shepway Council about 6 months ago and was told the 40 feet high chestnut had no tree preservation order placed upon it.

Cllr Smith said that the tree was situated in the middle of the car park and was damaging services which run beneath the car park. He said he thought it could cause £20,000 of damage to the sewers and the car park.

The wood is to be recycled he said, and the tree would be removed completely in the near future.

Howard to face Tory party ballot

Contributed by localrags on Oct 31, 2003 - 11:20 AM

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<FONT color=black>A Tory party bigwig has said members will be balloted on Michael Howard's leadership bid even if he is unchallenged in the leadership contest.

The party rules allow for Mr Howard to become leader without a postal ballot of its members if he is the only candidate.

But many grass roots Conservatives are furious at the way MPs rid the party of  Iain Duncan Smith, the first leader they had elected.

The shadow chancellor said  that he was eager and keen to give them a say when he formally announced his bid yesterday.

The cost of a postal ballot involving up to 300,000 members to the cash-strapped party is not what Conservative Central Office will be looking for.

In 2001, it took three weeks to complete the ballot of 330,000 members for the leader of the Party.

Man charged under Terrorism Act due in Folkestone Court

Contributed by localrags on Oct 31, 2003 - 10:55 AM


A 32-year-old man who has been charged under the Terrorism Act is due to appear in court at Folkestone tomorrow (1 November).

The man from north west London, faced charges relating to the "possession and collection of articles and information used for the purposes of terrorism".

He  was arrested in Dover o­n October 24 and is currently in custody.

He was arrested after entering the UK via the Channel Tunnel o­n a coach

7 year old Dracula assaulted

Contributed by localrags on Oct 31, 2003 - 10:47 AM

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A seven-year-old boy dressed as Dracula at a children's Hallowe'en party has been assaulted by the father of another youngster in Kent, police have said.

Officers are hunting a man who allegedly grabbed and threatened the boy at the play centre in Folkestone.

The man is believed to have reacted when he thought the victim was laughing at his own son.

Two hurt in multiple pile up

Contributed by localrags on Oct 31, 2003 - 09:06 AM

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<FONT face=Arial><FONT color=black size=2>Two men were injured in a crash in Kent involving three lorries and a car, police have said.

Two articulated lorries, a seven-tonne box lorry and a car collided o­n the A20 at Capel le Ferne, near Folkestone.One of the lorries overturned in the crash.

One of the lorry drivers suffered multiple injuries and another suffered cuts and bruises. Police are asking any witnesses to come forward.

The accident happened at around 11pm yesterday (30 October) and the road was closed until Friday morning. Rush hour traffic experienced long delays before the A20 was reopened.

Onestop robbers flee with £800

Contributed by localrags on Oct 30, 2003 - 03:48 PM

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Police are investigating after £800 was taken in a robbery at the o­ne Stop shop in Canterbury Road Hawkinge.

Two staff members were held at knife point by a man and woman who entered the store just after 10pm o­n Tuesday (28 October)