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Belt up safety drive

Contributed by editor on Apr 16, 2005 - 04:45 PM

BELT UP SAFETY DRIVE

Last weeks Kent Police operation aimed at motorists who fail to "belt up" resulted in nearly four hundred people receiving a fixed penalty fine.


But, drivers and passengers who don't wear seat belts risk more than just a £30 fine say police.

Out of 1157 motorists stopped between 4-10 April, about o­ne third were issued with a £30 fixed penalty for not wearing, or failing to ensure that their passengers were wearing a seat belt.

Out of the total, 10 were fined because a child was not safely belted up.

Already this year in 6 of 26 fatal collisions, the dead or injured were not wearing a seat belt. If you are in a car crash and wearing a seat belt, your chances of receiving serious or fatal injuries is reduced by around 50 per cent.

Kent Police state that the law is very clear; drivers and passengers in cars must wear a seat belt unless they have a medical exemption certificate.


Creature comforts get better of Gabby

Contributed by editor on Apr 16, 2005 - 09:59 AM

GABBY COMES HOME

We are pleased to tell you that Gabby the tabby cat who went missing last week in the Haven drive area of Hawkinge has been re-united with her owner.

The walkabout cat decided that she was not getting the creature comforts she was accustomed to and returned home unannounced last night (15 April).

Gabby's owner would like to thank everyone who was looking out for the flighty feline.

"Now my brain can function in normal mode" the owner said.


Tarmac the car park to have a safe footpath

Contributed by editor on Apr 15, 2005 - 12:04 AM

TARMAC THE CAR PARK TO HAVE A SAFE FOOTPATH

Dear Ed

It would be nice to have all the car park next to the Village Hall made good.


Not o­nly would it provide a safe path and easy access to the Community Centre, it would provide additional parking for shoppers to the village and ease some of the congestion in Canterbury Road.

Mind you that would mean some drivers having to walk approx 150 yards to reach Tesco, which might be too much for some of them, judging by the parking that already takes place!

Nick Lord


Extend the footpath

Contributed by editor on Apr 14, 2005 - 11:53 PM

EXTEND THE FOOTPATH

Dear Ed

I think that yes the footpath should be extended and that the access to the car park should be improved.


Visitors to the shops should be encouraged to park there rather than in the bus stop or o­n the pavement opposite.

This would help to improve road safety and possibly Tesco who benefit from most of these illegally parked would like to contribute to the improvemnets to the Village Hall car park.

Simon Hughes


Latest crime reports 28/3/05 to 10/4/05

Contributed by editor on Apr 14, 2005 - 05:43 PM

CRIME SHEETS 28/3/05 TO 10/4/05

 

Crime Sheet 28/03 to 3/04



01/04/05

Between 0130hrs & 0215hrs 01/04/05

Burglary Other

CANTERBURY ROAD A260 HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE




At approx 0208 hrs the duty manager at the store, was contacted by the alarm company & notified that the alarms had been activated. He took 5-10 mins to arrive at the store, on arrival he saw a male, IC1, 5'6" tall, bald or shaved head, muscular build, wearing a grey Nike track suit walking on the opposite side of the road, he turned down towards the community hall and out of site.

The Front door to the store was secure & no damage, on entering the store, behind the till area, he noticed that trays of cigarettes, had been pulled from their secure cupboard onto the floor and the three cash trays for the tills were on the floor and there was lots of loose change spread over the floor. There is a quantity of alcohol on display, and cigarettes these appear to have been untouched. Security steel bars on the outside of the window have been removed, the top double glazed window has been smashed, and there is a muddy footprint on the inner window ledge. The exit point is unknown, as all door on ground floor were secure.



31/03/05

Between 1300hrs & 1320hrs 31/03/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle

OLD RECTORY CLOSE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE



Informant is reporting the theft of her rucksack from the back seat of her vehicle. She parked the car up outside her friends address in Hawkinge; she forgot to secure the vehicle. She did not realise that the bag was missing until she got to the supermarket 40 minutes later. Handbag contained purse with cash, credit cards etc inside. All cards have been cancelled 



01/04/05

Between 2030hrs 31/03/05 & 0800hrs 01/04/054

Theft from Motor Vehicle

ON DRIVEWAY CANTERBURY ROAD A260 HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE



Ip went out to her car this morning and found the arm rest on the back seat had been pulled down and wheel brace, which had been in the boot, on the floor in the front of the vehicle. Steering wheel was also floppy. Not certain if glove box has been rifled. Ip had left her workbag in the passenger foot well of the vehicle and discovered that her mobile phone was missing from the bag. Ip cannot drive vehicle because of the steering.



28/03/05

Between 1600hrs & 1700hrs 28/03/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle

LAY-BY ON WEST WOOD STONE STREET LYMINGE, FOLKESTONE



IP parked at location and took her dog for a walk, on returning she found that the front nearside window had been smashed and a small bag containing pet items had been stolen. The vehicle was still locked, it appears they have smashed the window and leaned in to take the bag, which was located in the front passenger foot well.



28/03/05

Between 1500hrs & 1715hrs 28/03/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle

LYMINGE FOREST CAR PARK STONE STREET LYMINGE, 



IP parked her car at approx 1500hrs and went for walk in woods. She left the baby-changing bag on the rear passenger foot well - it could be seen from outside the vehicle. Offender has smashed rear passenger side window and reached in and grabbed bag. Made off in blue van index number G849SCD

30/03/05

Between 1400hrs 28/03/05 & 0800hrs 30/03/05

Theft

GREENFIELDS SELLINDGE, ASHFORD



IP states that he contacted Sky yesterday to advise them he was having problems with his signal, screen on TV just said "No satellite receiving". Engineer has attended today to find the dish was missing. The Wires have been cut and the dish has been unscrewed from the wall 



02/04/05

Between 1200hrs 01/04/05 & 1200hrs 02/04/05

Damage

WHEEL BARROW TOWN STELLING MINNIS, CANTERBURY



IP states that over night unknown offender/s have damaged his vehicle by taking off the aerial and the rear windscreen wiper and bending the front windscreen wiper.



03/04/05

Between 0600hrs 27/03/05 & 1130hrs 03/04/05

Theft

WHEEL BARROW TOWN

STELLING MINNIS, CANTERBURY




IP reports that sometime between 27 March and 1130hrs 3 April unknown offender/s have entered his garden, which has an unlocked gate and have removed the window from caravan he keeps in the garden. They have entered the caravan and stolen two engraved mirrors. 



28/03/05

1045hrs & 1110hrs 28/03/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle

CAR PARK NEAR MARTELLO TOWER HYTHE ROAD A259 DYMCHURCH, ROMNEY MARSH



Between times and dates stated IP's wife states that the vehicle was left in a car park near the Martello Tower locked and secure. IP states that when they came back to the vehicle they discovered that the passenger window had been smashed by means and method unknown. Entry was then gained and the IP's handbag was stolen from under the seat.



29/03/05

Between 2030hrs & 2048hrs 29/03/05

Burglary

QUEENS WAY DYMCHURCH, ROMNEY MARSH



Ip and his wife were sitting watching television in the lounge the wife went out of the lounge saw a male in the house coming from the kitchen, she called for the Ip who came in. Male 1 then said " there has been a break in next door, we have caught one and we are checking to see if you are ok, my mate has been checking outside" he stated that they were police officers, the Ip asked him for identification, the male did not answer. The Ip repeatedly said I don’t believe you. The Ip then saw the second male come in from the garden through the conservatory door, which had been previously locked. Both males went to various rooms with the Ip stating they were looking for the supposed offender from the burglary next door. In the back bedroom male 1 showed the Ip the open window, stating " this is where the offender must have entered" they then went to the front bedroom, the Ip checked the top drawer on a chest of drawers to see if his wallet was still there.

The wallet was not there, male 1then said "it is over there" the Ip checked it finding the two notes (£30 missing), his bank cards were still in the wallet, by this time the Ip was very suspicious and told them to leave, all three walked through the lounge and out of the front door. The Ip said where is the police car, male 1 pointed to a car on the road but both males walked off together in a different direction.



31/03/05

Between 2315hrs & 0745hrs 31/03/05

Damage

DRIVEWAY OF CHURCH ROAD BURMARSH, ROMNEY MARSH



IP has telephoned to advise that at sometime between the dates/times shown above someone has smashed the rear nearside window of her vehicle whilst it had been left parked on the driveway. No entry was gained to the vehicle and nothing has been stolen from it. 



01/04/05

Between 1500hrs 31/03/05 & 0700hrs 01/05/04

Burglary Other

OUTBUILDING BURMARSH, ROMNEY MARSH




IP reports that someone has forced a padlock to one of the farm outbuildings. Once inside a tidy, selective search has been conducted with the only two items believed to have been stolen at this time being a tractor and trailer. 





Crime Sheet 04/04 to 10/04




05/04/05

Between 2330hrs 04/04/05 & 0830hrs 05/04/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle

DRIVEWAY WOODCOCK GARDENS HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE



IP states that he locked & secured the vehicle on the driveway of the location at 2330 hrs 04/04/2005. When he returned to the vehicle at 0830 hrs on 05/04/2005 the rear number plate had been stolen. 





05/04/05

Between 1500hrs 03/04/05 & 0344hrs 05/04/05

Theft of Motor Vehicle

IN CARPARK DENSOLE WAY DENSOLE, FOLKESTON
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R475NJW VAUXHALL ASTRA



06/04/05

Between 2030hrs 05/04/05 & 0700hrs 06/04/05

Damage

GREBE CLOSE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE

Offender has thrown an orange coloured paving slab through the back window of IP's vehicle. 



04/04/05

Between 1000hrs & 1200hrs 04/04/05

Burglary

BRADY ROAD LYMINGE, FOLKESTONE




Offenders have gained entry to the dwelling via a ladder to an open front window, the dwelling is in a rural area, and have stolen a number of items.



04/03/05

Between 0730hrs & 1730hrs 04/04/05

Burglary

BARTON FIELD LYMINGE, FOLKESTONE




Offender(s) have entered rear garden of Ip's property via public bridleway. Offenders have jemmied the upvc double glazed window (kitchen) at the back and entered and carried out an untidy search of the premises. Exit as entry.



09/04/05

Between 1730hrs & 1816hrs 09/04/05

Burglary

STATION ROAD LYMINGE, FOLKESTONE




Offenders unknown have by unknown means gained access through the communal door. At about 18.00hrs the IP and his wife were sat in the lounge area of the flat. The IP has a small dog, which went mad. The IP became aware of two females who had entered his lounge. The two girls asked the IP for a piece of paper so that they could write a note to the lady upstairs. The IP therefore provided a single piece of paper and a pen. One of the females wrote on the piece of paper whilst leaning on the kitchen work surface. The females were in the process of leaving the IP's flat. The IP went with them and saw a male and a small lad leaving his bedroom. The IP discovered that in the bedroom area a unit had been moved away from the bed. A cushion had been moved and a box had been entered. The jewellery on the IP's wife's dresser had been searched through, as had the draws of the dresser. It would appear that the offenders have also searched the draws that are under the IP's bed. At this stage the IP is not aware of anything that has been stolen.

Descriptions

Female 1 who used the pen - 16-20 years old. 5'5 to 5'6. Medium build. Fair hair shoulder length. Blue clothing maybe jeans.

Female 2 - slightly shorter about 5'4 -5'5 light brown hair with a band on her hair. Her hair was held back. About the same age and build. 



09/04/05

Between 1615hrs & 1700hrs 09/04/05

Damage

LYMINGE FOREST CAR PARK STONE STREET LYMINGE, FOLKESTONE



IP parked vehicle, on return found the passenger rear quarter light smashed. No entry gained. Nothing stolen



10/04/05

Between 1700hrs 09/04/05 & 0750hrs 10/04/05

Theft

FIELD CANTERBURY ROAD ETCHINGHILL, FOLKESTONE




Ip last saw her horsebox in the field in front of her house yesterday 09/04/2005 at approx 1700 hrs. This morning at approx 0750 hrs 10/04/2005 her father discovered that it was missing.

2 AXLED, 4 WHEEL HORSE BOX (TRIDENT TRAILER, BATESON) Colour Yellow & White



06/04/05

Between 1200hrs 01/04/05 & 0800hrs 06/04/05

Damage

WHEEL BARROW TOWN STELLING MINNIS, CANTERBURY




IP states that a light which is connected to the electricity supply. The light is on a pole to the side of the house and because of trees etc the light cannot be seen from the main house. U/k offenders have cut the wires leaving the bare live wires exposed and in a dangerous condition.



08/04/05

Between 1700hrs 07/04/05 & 0630hrs 08/04/05

Theft

SWAN GREEN SELLINDGE, ASHFORD




Ip placed two wheelie bins at the bottom of her drive last night, as today is collection day. This morning she looked out of her window and saw that rubbish was strewn over the footpath and local area. When she went to clean the rubbish up she saw that her green bin was missing.



07/04/05

Between 2145hrs & 2155hrs 07/04/05

Damage

ON DRIVEWAY ST MARYS ROAD DYMCHURCH, ROMNEY MARSH


IP was in his front room, which is situated at the front of the property. The IP and his wife went outside where the car was parked and saw that the rear driver’s side passenger window had been smashed. 



08/04/05

Between 0001hrs 30/03/05 & 1030hrs 08/04/05

Damage

OLD POST OFFICE THE GREEN BURMARSH ROAD DYMCHURCH, ROMNEY MARSH




The property is currently owned by the council and has been vacant for approx 3yrs. Informant attended the property today and saw that the side window had been smashed.




If you have any information in relation to any crime. Please contact the Watch Office o­n 01304 218151 or ringCrimestoppers 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 850055orTo 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 Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch


Cough up coffers to fund path

Contributed by admin on Apr 14, 2005 - 12:42 AM

COUGH UP COFFERS TO FUND PATH

Dear Ed
         

Pro a footpath.... funded by the new Hawkinge.... whatever it's called... loads of money spent o­n the white (elephant?) building next to Tesco ...must have a few more assets swilling about in it's coffers they can can cough up.

Lou Bolechala

 


Footpath raises heated debate

Contributed by admin on Apr 13, 2005 - 11:50 PM

FOOTPATH RAISES HEATED DEBATE

The siting of a footpath through the Village Hall car park raised a heated debate at the Hawkinge Parish Council meeting tonight (13 April).

The Parish Council recently discovered that they infact own the car park and not, as was previously thought, the Village Hall.

To improve the access to the Hawkinge Community Centre and the Post Office, the Parish Council, who were unable to agree, are asking residents where they would prefer to see the footpath.

Already there is a path next to the village hall, but that ends in the Community Centre car park and villagers have complained about its rough and bumpy surface.

The cycle track from Heron Forstal AVenue which passes the Community Centre and ends at the Village Hall car park could be extended to Canterbury Road.

If you have any suggestions please let us know.

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Stop "pussy-footing" over immigration

Contributed by admin on Apr 13, 2005 - 09:09 PM

STOP "PUSSY-FOOTING" OVER IMMIGRATION

Speaking this week, Folkestone and Hythe MP and Conservative Party leader Michael Howard said Kent is in the front line of Britain’s need for secure borders.

“It is time we stopped pussy-footing around this issue. For too many years immigration has been a no go area for political debate. If you said you thought that too many people were coming here, you were branded a racist.

"I think it is offensive to brand as racist hard working people who worry about the chaos in our immigration system. If we don't speak up now and have a proper debate about immigration we'll o­nly help the bigots who preach racial hatred and the people smugglers who profit from other people's misery.

"Everyone wants new people to settle here as long as the numbers are limited and the system is sensible, fair and orderly. For centuries we've welcomed people from around the world with open arms. We have a proud tradition of giving refuge to those fleeing persecution. And we have always offered a home to families who want to come here, work hard and make a positive contribution to our society.

"Britain has benefited from immigration - both economically and culturally. We are a stronger, more successful country because of the immigrant communities that have settled here. They are a credit to our community. Migration in both directions is part of a dynamic economy.

"But any system of immigration must be properly controlled. There are, literally, millions of people in other, poorer, countries who would like to settle here if they could. Britain cannot possibly take them all. So the scale of immigration is important.

"There are over a quarter of a million failed asylum seekers living in Britain today. This chaos is wrong in principle - and it's also hugely expensive. But asylum is not just a question of money. It's also a matter of humanity. The current system is deeply inhumane and profoundly unjust."

 


Local footballer dies after match

Contributed by admin on Apr 13, 2005 - 08:37 PM

LOCAL FOOTBALLER DIES AFTER MATCH 

A footballer playing for Folkestone Invicta died after collapsing during a match.

 
Paul Sykes, 28, was playing for the Folkestone team in the Kent senior cup semi-final against Margate when he collapsed 30 minutes into the game o­n Tuesday night (12 April).

He was rushed to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, where he later died.

A statement posted o­n the Folkestone Invicta website o­n Tuesday said: "Everybody is in shock here.

"Paul was well known to both sets of players having previously been a Margate player.

"He is going to be sadly missed." 

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Paul Sykes joined the club in November 2004 from Dartford. 

He made his name at then Conference club Welling United and joined Margate during the 1995/96 season establishing himself as the club’s leading goal scorer. He was a member of the side which won promotion from the Dr Martens League Southern Division and then won the Premier Division in 2000-01.

After recovering from some serious injuries, he joined Dartford during the 2002-03 season and then played for Dover Athletic before returning to Dartford.

Paul was born in November 1976.


Have you seen Gabby the tabby?

Contributed by admin on Apr 12, 2005 - 09:49 PM

HAVE YOU SEEN GABBY THE TABBY

An anxious resident is searching for their grey-brown Asian Tabby cat - it was not wearing a collar.


The cat lives in the Haven Drive area of Hawkinge and went missing yesterday (11 April)  in the Haven Drive area of Hawkinge.

If anyone has seen or found the cat please phone 01303 893499.