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Task force to tackle "boy racers".

Contributed by editor on Dec 01, 2003 - 03:19 PM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>TASK FORCE TO TACKLE BOY RACERS

A special multi-disciplined tasking group has been established to address the problem of boy racers in and around Folkestone.

The group is made up of Shepway District Council’s highways, environmental health, legal, street scene and crime reduction officers, and officers from South East Kent Police.

The group is due to have its first meeting o­n 12th December 2003 and will be discussing the possibility of issuing injunctions o­n persistent offenders, fines, joint operations with the police for seizing vehicles etc, and funding for long-term highway improvements.

Shepway Council in partnership with South East Kent Police have been looking at more permanent and effective ways of tackling boy racers in Folkestone Town Centre.

The distinctive red and white bollards which were placed at two sites in the town centre - the war memorial and the bus station - for a trial period, are to be reinstated with the cost being borne by KCC Highways.

The scheme has been highly successful in reducing problems of boy racers for those residents around the Leas/Memorial area. Their quality of life was greatly improved over the trial period.

The Council’s Cabinet member responsible for public space and safety, Cllr. John Hughes, said: “I am pleased that the experimental scheme is to be reintroduced to help residents who have had to endure such unnecessary disruption to their lives. However, it did not address the wider implications of boy racers such as displacement to other parts of town. This new task group has been set up to find an effective, long term way of putting an end to this unacceptable behaviour.�

Action demanded over asylum

Contributed by editor on Dec 01, 2003 - 04:02 AM

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A "fairer and faster" immigration system is still needed to tackle the number of asylum seekers flooding into Kent, the county council leader claims.

Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart said some improvements had been made, but "little real progress" was being achieved.

The Tory politician said: "New asylum seekers coming to the UK should be held in residential reception centres."

Two grand advent fair

Contributed by editor on Nov 29, 2003 - 01:26 PM

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<FONT face=Arial><FONT color=black>TWO GRAND ADVENT FAIR

Hundreds of residents braved the weather to make the Churchill School Advent Fair a massive success<FONT face=Arial>.

It raised over £2,000 and there is still "more to come" according Headteacher Jennie Carter.

Mrs Carter could not praise too highly the people who made it possible.

She said: "What a tremendous effort by the PTA Committee and all who gave their time to make items for the fair or ran a stall.

"And thanks also to those who came to spend their money.

"Part of the money will help provide an end of term entertainment for the children and some will be put towards buying a stage for the school's theatrical performances.

Top man Howard hits Liberal Democrats

Contributed by editor on Nov 29, 2003 - 06:01 AM


Michael Howard's seizure of the Conservative leadership earlier this month has catapulted the party ahead of Labour, according to an opinion poll.

The YouGov survey for the Daily Telegraph records a four-point jump in support for the Tories to 38%, leaving them two points ahead of Labour, with the Liberal Democrats trailing some way behind.

The survey is a personal boost for Mr Howard, whose ratings were sharply up from those recorded by his predecessor Iain Duncan Smith.

And it provided a boost for his party as it enters what will probably be the last full parliamentary session before a general election in 2005.

Full results of the poll put the Tories four points up since last month o­n 38% and Labour unchanged o­n 36%.

The biggest losers were Liberal Democrats, down four points o­n 19%, suggesting Mr Howard's selection has damaged Charles Kennedy's claim to be forging the effective opposition to Labour.

Tony Blair was picked as best Prime Minister by 31% (up two points), Mr Howard by 27% (up five points compared to Mr Duncan Smith) and Mr Kennedy by 10% (down four).

According to the poll, some 59% of voters disapprove of the Government's record and 65% believe it is not "honest and trustworthy". YouGov polled 1,962 adults.

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Remembering the Great Storm

Contributed by editor on Nov 29, 2003 - 05:51 AM


Weather experts from across the country are gathering to mark 300 years since o­ne of the most ferocious storms ever to hit the UK

The Great Storm of 1703 left a trail of devastation greater than that caused by the "hurricane" of 1987 or the floods of 1953.

Thousands of lives were lost including 8,000-10,000 at sea as gales lashed the east coast of Britain.

To mark the tercentenary, the Royal Meteorological Society, East Kent Maritime Trust and the National Maritime Museum teamed up to host a conference in Sandwich, Kent.

Guest speakers, including BBC broadcaster Adam Hart-Davis, were discussing various aspects of the storm, including its legacy to UK weather.

The conference also included a visit to Ramsgate Maritime Museum's Great Storm collections.

Elementary weather-forecasting facilities meant no-one was prepared for the Great Storm which struck o­n the night of Friday, November 26 1703.

By Saturday morning, winds of more than 100mph had decimated villages across East Anglia and Kent and heavy rain had caused flooding in many parts of the country.

Cambridge was o­ne of the worst-hit places, and King's College chapel was badly damaged.

Gale-force winds wreaked havoc for ships in the North Sea causing many to sink, while others reappeared o­n the coast of Denmark and Norway.

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Driver seriously hurt by brick through windscreen

Contributed by editor on Nov 29, 2003 - 05:47 AM


A 41 year-old driver has been seriously injured when a brick was thrown through the windscreen of her car as her two young children sat in the back.

The woman was driving along a busy main road at Bethersden, near Ashford , when the brick flew through the glass and hit her in the face.

Kent Police said she then lost control of her Peugeot 406 before it left the A28 road at around 6.15pm o­n Thursday.

The driver's husband is at her bedside at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford where she is in a stable condition with "serious" injuries.

Her children - both thought to be under 12 years old - were left shocked by the incident but were not seriously hurt, a police spokeswoman said.

She added that officers are urgently trying to trace witnesses to the attack, and revealed that it is the third time a brick had been thrown at a vehicle o­n the road in two days.

"On Tuesday a brick went through the window of a bus just a couple of hundred yards up the road from where this happened. Fortunately nobody was hurt," she said.

She also said that a member of the public came forward o­n Thursday to report another similar incident o­n the same stretch of road last week.

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Vintage cars support Museum

Contributed by webmaster on Nov 28, 2003 - 01:55 AM


The annual Folkestone Cavalcade of Vintage Cars will this year be supporting the Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge.

The cars will line up outside the Grand Hotel o­n the Leas in Folkestone at 11.30  next Saturday 6th December.

They will make several circuits through the town along Sandgate Road and back along the Leas.

Last year there were scores of drivers taking part in their historic vehicles.