Pensioner killed as car flips over

Contributed by editor on Jan 12, 2004 - 01:38 PM

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An 81-year-old woman was killed when the car she was travelling in flipped over and ploughed into a hedge in Dover, police have said.

Police were called to the scene of the crash, at Alkham Valley Road, where the woman was pronounced dead.

A police spokesman said no other vehicles, or people, were involved in the collision.

Inspectors to crack down on unsafe building sites

Contributed by admin on Jan 11, 2004 - 11:51 AM

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A safety blitz is being launched on building sites across the South East in a bid to cut down on injuries caused by the use of machinery and tools.

The Health and Safety Executive said one in four injuries in the industry were caused by slipping or tripping.

Inspectors will visit building schemes in March to check on safety procedures and working practices.

Gang attack young man

Contributed by editor on Jan 11, 2004 - 03:37 AM

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An 18-year-old man was attacked as he tried to prevent a gang vandalising a friend's car in Kent, police have said.

The teenager was left with facial injuries when he was punched by the group of a dozen youths who were kicking the white Toyota car.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened in George Street, Canterbury.

Man rescued from cliff

Contributed by editor on Jan 11, 2004 - 03:35 AM

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A man has been plucked to safety from a cliff face in Kent by a specialist rescue team.

Fire crews were joined by the line rescue team who managed to winch the man to safety after he was trapped on the cliff near Snargate Street, Dover.

Paramedics, who joined the fire crews, had to stabilise the man before he could be brought down.

The man was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, where his condition on Sunday morning was described as comfortable.

Disastrous News For Beer Drinkers

Contributed by webmaster on Jan 10, 2004 - 11:27 AM


Yesterday scientists announced to the world the alarming results of a recent analysis, that found the presence of female hormones in beer.

This comes as a cruel blow to all men.

It is advised that if you are male between the ages of 18 and 85 you may need to seek medical assistance to assess your beer consumption.

WARNING:Drinking beer eventually turns men into women.

THE TEST:100 men were fed 8 pints of beer each within a 1 hour period

THE RESULT: 100% of the men:

* Gained weight
* Talked excessively without making any sense
* Became overly emotional
* Couldn't drive
* Failed to think rationally
* Argued over nothing
* Had to sit down while urinating
* Refused to apologise when wrong

NOTE: No further testing is planned.

Godden's Thanet Hotel to close

Contributed by admin on Jan 09, 2004 - 12:45 PM

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The Grand Hotel in Cliftonville, the largest hotel in Thanet, is to close.

Local businessman Jimmy Godden, bought it but decided to shut the 266 room complex which is spread over three sites a few days later.

Mr Godden said that he wants to demolish two of the main buildings and redevelop them into flats.

Haven and Hell

Contributed by admin on Jan 09, 2004 - 12:34 PM

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Churchill School Headteacher Jennie Carter has again written to Shepway District Council asking them to adopt Haven Drive as a matter of priority.

She told them that she and the School governors were becoming increasingly worried for the safety of pupils.

It was pointed out also that the road was becoming a "black spot" with several accidents over recent months.

Mrs Carter wants the Council to resolve this problem quickly, before the snow arrives, and the school is faced with similar problems to last year when the road was not gritted.

Jennie Carter has vowed to continue writing to Shepway Council every week until the road is adopted and warning signs and road markings denoting a school are in place.

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Please don't let us have a Post Office action group

Contributed by editor on Jan 09, 2004 - 07:44 AM

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I guess you have all had a copy of the latest LibDem Hawkinge Focus.

What are they trying to do?

Let's have the facts

1. Hawkinge has a sub post office in the OneStop store
2. The OneStop chain has been bought by Tesco
3. The instore post office will close in July when Tesco take over the running of the store.

Clear so far?

4. The Post Office WANT to continue trading in Hawkinge.
5. Tesco is NOT part of the Post Office and do not have post offices in their stores.
6. The Post Office WANT someone else to operate the post office in the village.

So let's get this straight, the post office want it to continue trading and Tesco do not operate post offices in their stores.

So, as far as I can see, all we need is someone to take on the business..

This is not a political matter, it is purely a commercial decision and nothing to do with local politics.

Apart from LibDem involement, I have been told that Conservative Leader Michael Howard has also visited the post office today.

Tony Blair tomorrow, I wonder?

So come on, please don't let us have another action group. Let those that know about business sort it out.

If it's a going concern, applicants will be queuing up, but if it's not, then why should Tesco have to bail us out?

J Cullen

Warning over chemical drums

Contributed by editor on Jan 09, 2004 - 04:48 AM

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Fishermen and boat crews off Kent and Sussex have been warned to look out for drums full of toxic chemicals lost in the North Sea.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said 63 red drums containing arsenic pentoxide were lost from a ship off the coast of Holland.

Anyone discovering one of the drums should contact the nearest coastguard station.


Coast protection scheme takes to the road

Contributed by editor on Jan 09, 2004 - 01:01 AM

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Three public meetings are being held in Hythe, Sandgate and Folkestone to give local people the chance to learn more about the multi-million pound million coast protection project

Work on the Defra-funded £17m Hythe to Folkestone Harbour Coast Protection Scheme is due to start in March. It will involve using 200,000 tonnes of rock to build a large headland and two other groynes on the foreshore below the Folkestone Coastal Park.

A further rock groyne is proposed at Marine Parade, Hythe. This work - together with 800,000 tonnes of shingle to ‘top-up’ the existing beaches - will improve protection against flooding and erosion for the next 50 years.

Improvements are also proposed to the existing concrete seawalls at Sandgate and Hythe together with 380 metres of new seawall at Riviera Beach, Folkestone.

Simon Herrington, Shepway Council’s Engineering Manager, said the public meetings would give people the chance to learn about the work in more detail. Shepway council officers and representatives from Van Ord ACZ, the specialist marine and civil engineer contractor chosen to carry out the work, will also be available to answer questions.

The Sandgate Society is hosting a meeting at the Saga Pavilion on Wednesday 21 January. The meeting starts at 7.00pm.

Hythe Town Council hosts a meeting, starting at 6.30pm, at Hythe Town Hall on Tuesday 3 February.

A third meeting will be held at the United Reformed Church, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone on Thursday 5 February, starting at 6.30pm

Anyone wanting to attend the meetings is asked to contact Shepway Council’s Engineering Services either by calling 01303 852413 or by email to: Although all questions will be answered on the night, they can be emailed in advance to the email address.