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Man hunted after two women assaulted

Contributed by editor on Mar 14, 2005 - 08:11 PM

MAN HUNTED AFTER TWO WOMEN ASSAULTED

A man who attacked two women in Folkestone on 4 March, is being hunted by police.


The man approached the 17-year-old woman, who was with a friend, and made a sexual suggestion but was rejected.

Police said he punched her in the face, knocked her down and kicked her and then attacked her friend in Church Street.

Officers said the man was small and aged 19 or 20 and wore a green jacket.


Kicked out by Magpies' boot

Contributed by editor on Mar 13, 2005 - 05:04 PM

KICKED OUT BY MAGPIES' BOOT

MICK STAPLEY MEMORIAL CUP Semi Final

Hawkinge 1 v Magpies 1

Penalty shoot out Magpies 4 Hawkinge 3

By Cyril Trice

On paper Hawkinge should have won this one, but with the Magpies going one up in the first 10 minutes it meant the home team and to fight back to get on even terms.

Encouraged by an early goal after the interval five minutes into the half Aidan Ashton equalized but although the village team dominated the play they failed to find the winning goal.

With their backs to the wall, the Magpies defended well around the goalmouth and thwarted all attempts by Hawkinge to score the winner.



The match ended at one each after ninety minutes and the nerves began to build for the penalty shoot out.

Hawkinge were first to miss with a shot fired wide, but the home side made it all square by saving a shot. With Hawkinge having the fifth shot to keep it level the Magpies goal keeper managed to get an outstretched foot to the ball and saved it, giving them the win.


The Hawkinge Giant - picture

Contributed by editor on Mar 13, 2005 - 04:30 PM

THE HAWKINGE GIANT

Soon to be exhibited in the Hawkinge Community Centre

The Little and Large Show with Parish Councillor Cyril Trice standing next to the Giant in the Spitfire Leisuredrome.


Urgent action needed against Hawkinge vandals

Contributed by admin on Mar 13, 2005 - 04:05 PM

URGENT ACTION NEEDED AGAINST HAWKINGE VANDALS

COPY OF LETTER TO MICHAEL HOWARD MP

Dear Mr Howard,


Following yet ANOTHER incident last night (12 March) in Hawkinge involving violent mindless youths I feel that URGENT attention is needed to deal with the problem.

Our car and two of our neighbours vehicles were vandalised as a gang of around 12 youths came by in a pack, destroying anything to hand and shouting obscenities.

The police were fantastic and arrived promptly, but are almost powerless to prevent this now regular occurrence. The local TESCO EXPRESS has become an almost NO GO area in the evenings and our children are frightened to leave the house alone. The police tell us that there were no less than SIX similar incidents in the village last night alone!

I say 'village' but Hawkinge is now a mini-town, with more plans in the pipeline to expand, and the ever increasing housing estates desperately need a police presence to stop an escalation of this nightmare.

I have seen smaller communities with their own police station, and it should definitely be considered along with a curfew of some sort? After 10pm at night these mindless thugs wreck property, disturb the peace and totally terrorise the neighbourhood!

My 13 year old and 9 year old twins can not even stand by their front door or driveway without being verbally abused!

It really has reached a point where you will have vigilante groups dealing with these youths themselves in a desperate attempt to protect their properties and maintain the right to walk freely in the village without fear of abuse and violence.

We pay £1500 a year in Council Tax for our house just to have our bins collected once a week, and for the poor under resourced and powerless police to waste valuable time on these vile thugs that give teenagers a bad name. 

Hawkinge youth vandalism is fast becoming a problem that politicians and the police will soon have no control over if ignored much longer. I work at a Secondary School in Folkestone where daily I witness the abuse of teachers and the destruction of the rights of the majority to learn because of the actions of these pathetic wasters.

The biggest kept secret in this country is the state of discipline within schools which spills over in to our communities. The true picture of life within british education is a sad and shameful o­ne, with schools powerless to control these kids with paltry sanctions and often little support from parents of perpetrators.

You need to give power back to the police, the courts and the reasonable law abiding adults. The Children's Act was designed to protect vulnerable children but has succeeded in breeding a culture of youths who know that they can get away with anything-

What about an Act of parliament to protect us and our property?


Mrs Michelle Hill


Howard in the firing line

Contributed by editor on Mar 12, 2005 - 06:19 PM

HOWARD IN THE FIRING LINE

After Folkestone and Hythe MP and Tory leader Michael Howard claimed his revitalised party was dominating the political agenda and forcing Labour on the run, Government "big guns" launched a scathing attack on his leadership.


Mr Howard had claimed Conservatives were now making the political weather over immigration, hospitals, schools and taxes and at the Tory spring forum in Brighton. He said that the party's fortunes had left Labour "rattled" and desperate to cling to power at all costs.

But Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett launched her attack on the Tory leader saying he was an opportunist who would make a "disastrous" Prime Minister.

She branded him a "man of straw" who was more interested in bad headlines for Tony Blair than in strong security for the country.

The Labour attack continued when Cabinet minister Peter Hain accused Mr Howard of endangering national security for the sake of party advantage.

"What we have here is Michael Howard in his normal shameless way trying to claim some kind of credit out of what has been a pretty humiliating defeat," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"Michael Howard's whole position is putting at risk serious anti-terrorism legislation and therefore the security of the country."


Have you lost a ferret?

Contributed by admin on Mar 12, 2005 - 02:09 PM

 HAVE YOU LOST A FERRET

A white ferret has been found in the village today (12 March).

If you are the owner or know the owner please contact Kim on 07854427794.


Date set for supermarket planning application

Contributed by admin on Mar 12, 2005 - 12:35 PM

DATE SET FOR SUPERMARKET PLANNING APPLICATION

The plans for the Lidl supermarket in Hawkinge will be put before the
Development Control Committee of Shepway Council later this month.


In May 2004 the District Council turned down the plans for the supermarket in
Hawkinge o­n the grounds that they considered it would be too big for the needs
of the village, and would take trade away from supermarkets in Folkestone and
beyond. They also considered it would result in increased traffic to the area.

It never went before the Development Control Committee as the decision was taken
by Shepway Council officers.

Following a second application in October 2004 Hawkinge Parsh Council approved
the plans for the supermarket to be built o­n land adjacent to Haven Drive and
Spitfire Way.

Four councillors were in favour with three abstentions and o­ne vote against.
Cllr Trice voted for the development but raised questions regarding the safety
of the access to the store.

The plans were passed to Shepway Council to be heard, this time by the
Development Control Committee and a decision will be made at the meeting o­n 22
March 2005, nearly five months after the plans were voted through for approval
by the Parish Council.

Planning application number: Y04/0215/SH


Hawkinge cyclists well placed to get on their bikes

Contributed by editor on Mar 11, 2005 - 10:08 AM

HAWKINGE CYCLISTS WELL PLACED TO GET ON THEIR BIKES



Hawkinge cyclists will be well placed to benefit from a £5million government funded project announced today, to improve health and reduce pollution.



Many of the new developments in the village have integrated cycle tracks, and cyclists can already pedal in a safe environment.



Under the new scheme, car drivers will be urged to get on their bikes by a national organisation promoting cycling as a sustainable form of transport.



Cycling England has been set up to increase two-wheeled traffic across England, reducing road congestion and pollution, and helping people stay healthy.



It will have funding of at least £5m a year for the next three years to spend on programmes to convince people to leave the car at home.



The organisation will also launch a new qualification to ensure that both children and adults are properly trained before they take to the roads.



The National Standard for Cycle Training has three levels, covering basic cycling for beginners, an introduction to on-road cycling, and advanced cycling for busier roads.



Minister for Local Transport Charlotte Atkins said: "Cycling is fun, fast, green and healthy. It can contribute to a wide range of government objectives - such as accessibility, sustainability, public health - as well as reducing transport congestion.



"Our aim is to get more people cycling, more safely, more often."


Community Warden goes back to school

Contributed by admin on Mar 11, 2005 - 12:06 AM

COMMUNITY WARDEN GOES BACK TO
SCHOOL

Popular Village warden Ian Norman is leaving
Hawkinge to go back to school.

Ian will be working as a Police Community Support
Officer in Pent Valley school Folkestone, where he will be based.

The initiative for Police offices in the community
was instigated by Kent's new Chief Constable Mike Fuller who recently opened the
first Police Office at Newington Junior School in Ramsgate.

Ian has worked in the village for two years and
has been a familiar face to local residents, but this is not the last we will
see of him.

He intends to still be involved with the the village
through the Hawkinge Partnership. His interest in the welfare of young
people in the village will see him fighting their corner as a member of the
Parnership's Youth Focus Group.

A new Warden will be appointed in a few weeks time
and another Warden will be working in the village for 2 days a week and three
days in the Elham Valley.


Latest crime reports 21/2/05 to 6/3/05

Contributed by editor on Mar 10, 2005 - 12:58 PM

COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Crime Sheet 21/2/05 to 6/3/05


Crime Sheet 21/02/05 to 6/03/05




23/02/05

Between 2200hrs 22/02/05 0830hrs 23/02/05

Damage

CANTERBURY ROAD HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE



The vehicle was left locked and secured overnight. Appears that the rear plastic window to the soft top has been kicked in overnight. No sign that any entry has been gained to the vehicle. No other damage. No other vehicles in road have been targeted


25/02/05

Between 2000hrs 24/02/05 & 1100hrs 25/02/05

Damage

CANTERBURY ROAD HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE




Both vehicles belong to the Ip. The vehicles were parked outside on a hard standing area. Unknown offenders have damaged the wing mirrors on both his cars.



28/02/05

Between 1800hrs 27/02/05 & 0800hrs 28/02/05

Damage

KIPPING CLOSE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE




Overnight, offender(s) unknown, unheard and unseen have poured a corrosive substance (believed brake fluid or similar) over the rear passenger side panel around the petrol cap area. This has caused extensive damage to the paintwork.



24/02/05

Between 0300hrs & 0930hrs 24/02/05

Damage

CHURCH ROAD LYMINGE, FOLKESTONE



This morning IP has discovered that the passenger side headlamp has been smashed and the passenger door has a large dent in it.



27/02/05

Between 2300hrs 26/02/05 & 0800hrs 27/02/05

Damage

ASHFORD ROAD NEWINGREEN, HYTHE




IP discovered that a large section of the wall at the front of her house had been demolished



27/02/05

Between 1700hrs 26/02/05 & 0730hrs 27/02/05

Theft of Pedal Cycle

ASHFORD ROAD NEWINGREEN, HYTHE





Ip was staying overnight at the crime venue. He had placed his bike with two others at the rear of the property and could not be seen from the road. It was not locked up and going out to the rear garden the next day it had gone. Stolen Marks: 21 GEARS Desc: VULCAN MOUNTAIN BIKE. SEAT SUSPENSION. Colour Silver




02/03/05

Between 2100hrs 01/03/05 & 0500hrs 02/03/05

Burglary

PAGE ROAD HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE




Ip is reporting that at 0500hrs this morning, her next-door neighbours found her garage door open. The Ip has checked the garage and nothing has been stolen.



01/03/05

Between 1630hrs 28/02/05 & 0930hrs 01/03/05

Theft

CANTERBURY ROAD ETCHINGHILL, FOLKESTONE



The Ip is reporting the theft of caravan. The caravan has been kept in this field for approx 3-4 years. No previous incidents involving the caravan. In order to gain access to the field/caravan, the offender(s) have sawn open the wooden gate and heavy-duty chain/padlock securing the same.



01/03/05

Between 0001hrs 11/02/05 & 2359hrs 01/03/05

Damage

VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN DYMCHURCH

(1) At the location of the seawall off Seawall Road, a shelter over a public seat has been damaged. One of the polycarbonate panes has been smashed at one end of the shelter and will need replacing at a cost of around £300.

(2) A bus shelter on A259 opposite High Knocke has had the polycarbonate panes smashed over a period of time, the latest incident being a couple of weeks ago. This means that 4 of the panes have now been smashed out with a probable total cost of around £1000.

(3) The sports pavilion at the recreation ground off St Mary's Road, Dymchurch has had a pane of glass broken in a window at the front of the building. No entry has been gained. No crime implement found inside the building.

The Informant also reported damage to a wall around the war memorial, which a vehicle had caused.



04/03/05

Between 1400hrs 03/03/05 & 0745hrs 04/03/05

Damage

THE GREEN BURMARSH, ROMNEY MARSH



Informant is reporting that he checked the vehicle around 14400hrs on 03/03/2005 and left safe and secure. Informant states he went to the vehicle this morning at 0745hrs and discovered that damage has been caused to the vehicle. There are dents on both sides of the vans body and paint chips around the driver side of the body.



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 Neighbourhood Watch Neighbourhood Watch