New born baby critical after head-on crash

Contributed by editor on Mar 27, 2006 - 09:45 PM


Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious accident near Dover o­n Saturday (25 March) which left a newborn baby critically ill in hospital.

The mother of the child went into labour following a head o­n crash, and the baby was delivered by Caesarian section at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.

The woman was driving a Ford Fiesta which collided head-on with a Peugeot 106 o­n the A258 near Dover. An 18-month-old child travelling in the rear passenger seat of the Fiesta escaped unhurt.

The 51-year-old woman driver of the Peugeot suffered serious injuries and had to be cut free from her vehicle. She was flown by air ambulance to the same hospital.

The driver of a third car which crashed into the rear of the Peugeot was not seriously injured.

Kent Police said the accident happened when the Fiesta, which was travelling from Dover to Deal, overtook a bus.

One down but still unbeaten

Contributed by editor on Mar 26, 2006 - 07:14 PM


By Cyril Trice

The Sunday morning team were away to Harveys Wine Bar this week but with Hawkinge only managing to field ten players, the village team still put on a spirited show.

In an easily forgettable scrappy match where the lost hour of the night before no doubt played its part, a draw was probably a fair result.

Harveys Wine Bar 1 Hawkinge 1

Hawkinge scorer Rob Knott

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Local voters back Lib Dems

Contributed by editor on Mar 25, 2006 - 08:43 PM



Tim Prater

The Lib Dems have swept to victory in the Cheriton by-election for Folkestone Town Council on Thursday (16 March), with a majority over the Tories of 210 votes

The result was as follows:

Trevor Buss - People First - 262 - 21.69%

Roy Edey - Impeach Blair, Troops out of Iraq - 18 - 1.49%

David Johnson - Conservative - 294 - 24.34%

Tim Prater - Liberal Democrat - 504 - 41.72% - Elected

Andrew Whitworth - Go Folkestone - 126 - 10.43%

Spoilt papers 4

Percentage Turnout 28.6%

Delighted Lib Dem candidate Tim Prater firstly thanked the voters of Cheriton for their support.

He said "It's a real honour to be elected to represent Cheriton, and I plan to do so to the best of my ability. I look forward to working with my fellow Town Councillors for Cheriton and the Lib Dem group to get the best for the area.

"Talking to people on their doorsteps over the last few weeks, I know what local people are calling for, and I will work to deliver them. Better priced parking in Folkestone. Better street cleaning. Better facilities. A feeling of security in local streets. A bit of pride in Cheriton and Folkestone."

Local Conservative Party Agent Bob Davidson said, "I would like to thank David Johnson and the many members who worked on the campaign.

"At first glance you would have thought the Shepway Liberal Democrats did quite well until you think back to 2003, the last time the Liberal Democrats won anything other than the odd Town Council seat, when the Liberal Democrats got 84% of the vote in this seat. This time they only got half that figure - hardly something they can be proud of."

Drunk captain jailed

Contributed by editor on Mar 25, 2006 - 07:31 PM


The captain of a cargo ship that ran aground in the English Channel in February has been jailed after being found drunk and incapable and slumped over the controls.

Romanian Adrian Fericel, 45, was at the helm of the 5,050-tonne Swiss-registered vessel Kathrin when it missed the East Goodwin lightship by a few feet and 10 minutes later ran aground o­n the Goodwin Sands.

He was later found to be four times over the legal drink limit.

The master was involved in the incidents o­n the Goodwin sands o­n 12th February 2006 and New Holland o­n the River Humber o­n the 15th February 2006.

On the 13th February, the owners of the Swiss registered vessel 'Kathrin' contacted Dover Coastguard to report that the vessel had grounded o­n the Goodwin Sands.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency officials found him "drunk and incapable" when the vessel docked at New Holland, North Lincolnshire. Fericel, who has been a master for three years and has 28 years' experience at sea, admitted being drunk in charge of a vessel and failing to discharge his duties as master of a vessel.

He was jailed for seven months for the first offence and four months for the second, the sentences to run concurrently.

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Thefts from vehicles at beauty spots

Contributed by editor on Mar 24, 2006 - 08:14 PM


Neighbourhood Watch have issued the following warning.

Yet again I feel that I must put out a message regarding the thefts from vehicles whilst left unattended at beauty spots. 

This is still o­ngoing so please make sure that you leave NOTHING WHATSOEVER in the vehicles, not even in the boot.

Also please make sure that if you have Sat Navs you take them and their holder with you.

We feel that we are probably looking for a small blue vehicle that could be connected with this type of crime.

Sally Coleman,
Parish & NHW Liaison Officer

Hawkinge Community Safety Forum meeting agenda 30 March 2006

Contributed by editor on Mar 24, 2006 - 06:58 PM


The Hawkinge Community Safety forum will be meeting at the Hawkinge Partnership Office  between 7pm - 9pm o­n Thursday 30th March 2006 and everyone is invited.


1.  Introductions

2.  Roundup of current actions and news

3   Public Open Forum

4.  Any Other Business

5.  Date of Next meeting

All members of the public or community organisations are welcome to bring safety matters to the forum

Laptop computer and digital camera stolen

Contributed by editor on Mar 23, 2006 - 06:43 PM


Neighbourhood Watch are warning residents to remove valuables from their cars when they park.

This follows an incident  in Aerodrome Road, Hawkinge  when a parked Rover 218  was broken into and a laptop computer, holdall, digital camera and the car CD player were stolen.

The window frame was levered to gain entry.

Once again do not park vehicles with valuables left inside.

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Contributed by editor on Mar 23, 2006 - 06:21 PM


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Folkestone hospital facing cash crisis

Contributed by editor on Mar 23, 2006 - 03:39 PM


Folkestone's Royal Victoria Hospital is bracing itself for job cuts and a reduction in beds.

The East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust  which is responsible for hospitals in Canterbury, Margate, Ashford, Dover and Folkestone, has predicted that NHS reforms could push it into the red by up to £35m next year unless substantial savings are made.

Damian Green, the local MP for Ashford, said rumours "sweeping" the town were that job cuts could amount to as much as 10%.

Trust Chairman Chief executive David Astley said it was "facing a significant financial challenge in the next year".

He said the trust would have to look at every aspect of its operation so that it could work in a better and more efficient way, while still enhancing and protecting patient care.

Shepway Neighbourhood Watch AGM

Contributed by editor on Mar 23, 2006 - 12:59 PM


Dear Ed,

I was a little disappointed that the message regarding the Shepway Neighbourhood Watch AGM was re-hashed as it gave out totally the wrong message.
Within NHW the official notice for the AGM was posted back in January to all Co-ordinators.  It has subsequently been advertised in the NHW Newsletter and all Co-Ordinators have each personally received a letter of invitation which also contained the Agenda and minutes of the 2005 meeting.  My putting out a message this week was just to jog peoples memories.  The message started by stating THIS IS A REMINDER.
I would appreciate if you would clarify this matter - your interpretation of my message left it wide open for comments, which of course it has received, and left NHW appearing to be a deceitful and underhand organisation.
Sally Coleman,
Parish & NHW Liaison Officer

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<FONT color=navy>Editor's comment:- The letter was re-written as we had not been informed of the meeting prior to the notification of the AGM.

<FONT color=navy>It could have been confusing to readers had we printed it as a reminder, when this was the first time we had written about the meeting.
We apologise that it was interpreted in such a way that Neighbourhood Watch appeared a deceitful and underhand organisation.  We had no intention of conveying this message.