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Students evacuated after white powder found in school

Contributed by editor on Jun 14, 2005 - 09:50 PM

STUDENTS EVACUATED AFTER WHITE POWDER FOUND IN SCHOOL

Emergency services rushed to a "suspicious chemical" alert at Pent Valley Technology College Folkestone this afternoon (14 June).

Roads surrounding the campus were closed after a white powder was found leaking from an envelope in an office area of the school.

All students were sent home, but three members of staff  and a police community support officer attached to the college who came into contact with the powder were not allowed to leave until tests were carried out.

Kent Police later confirmed the substance found was a harmless mild irritant found in toothpaste and animal feed.

Investigations are continuing to find out who sent the envelope


Business park plans rubber stamped

Contributed by editor on Jun 14, 2005 - 08:25 AM

BUSINESS PARK PLANS RUBBER STAMPED

Shepway officers are recommending a plan  to convert the former visitor centre for the Channel Tunnel into a business park, is approved by councillors.

The park would bring a medical centre, hotel, offices and a creche to the area and the removal of the historic Channel Tunnel boring machine.

The plan which has the backing of Folkestone Town Council will be studied at tonight's planning meeting (14 June).



Shepway Council last night approved outline planning permission for the business park


What have the Romans ever done for us?

Contributed by editor on Jun 13, 2005 - 09:38 PM

WHAT HAVE THE ROMANS EVER DONE FOR US?

Over a thousand children from all over Kent are descending o­n Dover to learn all about what the Romans did for us.

Dover Museum is turning back the march of time for the annual Roman Festival and visitors are getting dressed up in robes and togas and period costumes for the occasion.

Students from South Kent College will be o­n hand to style hair and apply theatrical make-up. Schools will be taking part in drama workshops and learning all about life in Roman times.

Children from more than 25 different schools in Kent and Surrey, and a group from London, are attending the festival, which is sponsored by Pfizer and held at the Museum over four days from 14th to 17th June.

Kim Norton, Education Officer, said: 'The Museum's festival days are a terrific way to bring history to life for children. The Festival continues to go from strength to strength and we are looking forward to another successful event."


Port could be selling cheap booze and tobacco

Contributed by editor on Jun 13, 2005 - 09:32 PM

PORT COULD BE SELLING CHEAP BOOZE AND TOBACCO

The Port of Dover should be turned into the world's first low duty trading zone where tobacco and booze could be bought at knock down prices, according to the Hoverspeed ferry company.

They want  ferry travellers to be able to pre-order goods and collect them o­n their return journey.

The company which won a recent court case against HM Customs and Excise  after claiming its passengers were unfairly targeted  believes its scheme would help clear up issues of cross-Channel shopping limits.


Eurotunnel could face bankruptcy

Contributed by editor on Jun 12, 2005 - 09:31 PM

EUROTUNNEL COULD FACE BANKRUPTCY

Channel tunnel operator Eurotunnel could be bankrupt by the autumn warns chairman Jacques Gounon.

He told the Sunday Times that he has given himself until October 2005 to see if there is a realistic chance of reaching an agreement with creditors.

The company is holding a board meeting tomorrow (13 June) and has its annual shareholder meeting o­n Friday.

Gounon is expected to face calls led by Nicolas Miguet, who helped organise the campaign that led to their entire board being sacked last year, to block his re-election.


Ten injured as hot air balloon crashes into tree

Contributed by editor on Jun 12, 2005 - 04:39 PM

TEN INJURED AS HOT AIR BALLOON CRASHES INTO TREE

Ten people including two pensioners in their 80s were injured after a hot air balloon crashed into a tree at Dunkirk near Faversham this morning (12 June).

The injured were rushed to hospitals in Margate and Ashford. The most seriously hurt has head injuries and a dislocated shoulder. Two women have spinal injuries.

The pilot of the balloon is among those being treated for serious injuries.

None of the  thirteen people o­nboard fell from the basket.


Thank you to Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Jun 12, 2005 - 03:45 PM

THANK YOU TO HAWKINGE

A warm thank you to all the people who attended our Summer Variety Show in the Village Hall o­n Saturday 11th June.

We were very pleased with the response and the enthusiasm shown for the performers during the show.

Thanks very much.

If you enjoyed this show, why not make a note to see our pantomime, Rumpelstiltskin set for 30th November to 4th December.


Better trains before road pricing

Contributed by editor on Jun 11, 2005 - 11:14 AM

BETTER TRAINS BEFORE ROAD PRICING

Kent County Council Leader Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart said: “Road pricing should only be introduced if, and when, public transport and particularly train services have been dramatically improved.


“In contrast to most of Europe, it often takes people in England twice as long to go by train as it does by car.

“Transport investment has now fallen to only half the rate in the early 1990s. Rather than drive people out of their cars Mr Darling should offer them a real alternative by providing the investment to radically improve public transport and train services.�


Latest local crime 30/5/05 - 5/6/05

Contributed by editor on Jun 10, 2005 - 03:07 PM

COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Crime Sheet 30/05/05 to 5/06/05

Crime Sheet 30/05 to 05/06

03/06/05

Between 1400hrs & 1426hrs 03/06/05

Burglary Other

RIDGE ROW ACRISE,  FOLKESTONE

IP left his Moped, which does not have a registration, in the garage. IP was returning home and noticed two males o­ne of which was wearing a black crash helmet and was o­n a black trials bike, which had no registration or L plates (verbatim) walking towards School Road. IP states that the other male described as a white male approx 14-15yrs quite small with short ginger hair, quite a few freckles and thin wearing a black hoody and jeans (verbatim) had his moped and was trying to kick start it. IP states that when he noticed this he then ran towards the males and the ginger hair male then threw the IP's bike into the hedges and jumped o­nto the back of the bike which the other male was riding. IP states that the offender(s) went in the direction of School Road.

 

03/06/05

Between 2000hrs 02/06/05 & 0730hrs 03/06/05

Damage

WESTFIELD LANE ETCHINGHILL, FOLKESTONE

Front windscreen smashed.
Front nearside head lamp smashed
Offside mirror broken off.


07/06/05

Between 1200hrs 30/05/05 & 1530hrs 07/06/05

Burglary Other

BOYKE LANE RHODES MINNIS, CANTERBURY

The Ip states that offenders unknown and unseen have gone to the detached garage to the side of his house, forced the lock and gain entry to the up and over door. Offenders have then taken the French made petrol lawn mower, petrol strimmer, jet washer and various hand tools

Offender went to Ip's premises, and stole his motorcycle from the rear garden. Ip states that the bike was well hidden and due to the rural location it would not have been o­n general view.

IP states that o­n 5/5/05 a neighbour saw 3 suss males in the area. The neighbour feared they were casing the houses and they were seen to make off in a red/burgundy Renault Clio. IP believes part index was M833.Not known if connected at this stage.

 

31/05/05

Between 1700hrs 27/05/05 & 0710hrs 31/05/05

Burglary Other

BUILDING SITE OFF OF BOTOLPHS BRIDGE ROAD WEST HYTHE, HYTHE

Offenders have cut fencing to adjacent field and driven a vehicle from road into field.

Staff left a tractor with a trailer attached in front of a container. Trailer was unhooked from tractor and moved. Tractor cab has been entered by unknown means. Lock to door damaged. Mobiliser electrics damaged. Adjacent switches have also been pulled out. Padlock to container forced. Entry gained. Nothing believed stolen.

 

31/05/05

Between 2100hrs 30/05/05 & 0900hrs 31/05/05

Theft of Motor Vehicle

ST MARYS ROAD DYMCHURCH, ROMNEY MARSH

IP states that overnight person(s) unknown have broken the locks o­n the container and stolen 2 x MIni moto bikes from inside and a Gerry can full of petrol.


05/06/05

Between 1700hrs 04/06/05 & 0023hrs 05/06/05

Damage

MILL ROAD DYMCHURCH, ROMNEY MARSH

Police were notified by a member of the public as he walked past he noticed that a large window pane of premises was smashed with glass all over the pavement and road, there were no persons present and he had not seen or heard anything whilst he was walking down Mill Road.


  

If you have any information in relation to any crime. Please contact the Watch Office o­n 01304 218151 or ring Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 You do not have to give your name and you maybe eligible for a reward.

To Report suspicious incidents and problems you cannot resolve yourself 01303 850055

or

To report crime that has happened to you and the offenders have gone 01303 289134

If you would like to help with Neighbourhood Watch or would like to know more about what is involved, you can contact the Neighbourhood Watch & Parish Liaison Office at Dover Police Station o­n 01304 21815


Leisuredrome ideas sought by council

Contributed by editor on Jun 09, 2005 - 08:23 PM

LEISUREDROME IDEAS SOUGHT BY COUNCIL

Following the Parish Council decision to withdraw the lease offer for the Spitfire Leisuredrome  they have revealed that it cannot be reviewed for six  months.

Council Chairman Dave Callahan denied their had been any changes in the policy  and said that they have merely stopped negotiating the lease.

He said: "I can categorically state that there are no offers to purchase the land, and  no proposals to sell the Leisuredrome.

"There have been no discussions by the Parish Council and these matters are on no council agendas.

"We will be looking for ideas regarding the use of the building and would like to hear from villagers with their proposals."