PC Trevor Moody - Hawkinge Beat Bobby

Contributed by editor on Jan 14, 2004 - 02:19 PM


Hawkinge has a new dedicated beat bobby in the shape of PC Trevor Moody of the Strategic Crime Reduction Unit, which is based in Folkestone.

PC Moody, who joined the police in 1978, is also responsible for Capel, Elham, Etchinghill and Lyminge, but plans to spend most of his time in Hawkinge, patrolling the village on foot.

A highly experienced police officer, who has worked in Folkestone and Hythe throughout his career, he also ran the drugs unit at Folkestone and can offer advice and information to both parents and young people who are concerned about the problem.

His main aim though is to work closely with the community to stamp out the anti-social behaviour, which affects the quality of life of many people living in the village.

This includes problems with youths of both sexes hanging around outside the One-Stop shop harassing customers, criminal damage, underage drinking and associated behaviour.

Although he recognises there is a lack of amenities in the village for young people he believes the real problem is a lack of parental control.

As part of his work in the village he hopes to encourage parents to take on more responsibility for the behaviour of their children.

Building bridges with all sections of the local community is also important to PC Moody who is already becoming a familiar sight in and around the village after only a few weeks in the job.

He said: “I’ve only been here a few weeks but so far people have been very welcoming and have said how pleased they are to have a PC back on the beat.

“I would like to build on this by encouraging people to report any crimes or incidents that they witness, or even suspicious behaviour if it gives them cause for concern.

“I don’t mind following these things up because you never know what’s going to turn out to be important until you look into it, and the more I know about people’s concerns the better job I can do.�

PC Moody can be contacted on 07980 770583. Alternatively, call PCSO Sarah Wallace who can be contacted on 07772 226229 or call Folkestone police station on 01303 850055 for routine matters. Only call 999 in an emergency.

Cross Channel Ferries in missile trials.

Contributed by editor on Jan 13, 2004 - 11:41 AM

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Ferry passenger will this week, be taking part in trials testing the Navy's latest radar and missile equipment.

Lynx helicopters sitting on the cliffs above the Port of Dover will use the Seaspray Radar to identify and track and the ferries.

The radar system has the capability to pick out and destroy any hostile shipping traffic.

The three-day long trials start on Tuesday (13 January) will help the Navy ensure the missile system is reliable and accurate.

Pedestrian dies in road accident

Contributed by editor on Jan 13, 2004 - 11:28 AM

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A man has died after being hit by a car as he walked along an unlit road near Canterbury.

Kent Police said the accident happened close to Littlebourne on the A257 near the junction with Swanton Lane at about 6.50 on Monday morning .

The man, aged 56 and from the local area, was struck by a blue Fiat Punto heading towards Canterbury.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The female driver of the car was taken to hospital suffering from shock.

Student indecently assaulted

Contributed by editor on Jan 13, 2004 - 11:20 AM

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A 20-year-old student has been indecently assaulted in Canterbury.

The victim and a friend were walking near the city's High Street when a man ran up, pushed her against a wall and subjected her to the attack.

A police spokesman said the man is described as white, aged between 20 and 25, and was wearing a grey hooded top and dark trousers.

Serial rape trial begins

Contributed by editor on Jan 13, 2004 - 11:12 AM

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The trial of a man accused of carrying out a series of rapes on women and children across south-east England has begun at Maidstone Crown Court.

Antoni Imiela, 49, from Appledore, near Ashford, Kent, denies nine counts of rape against three girls under 16 and five women during 2001 and 2002.

Mr Imiela is charged with the alleged rape of a 10-year-old girl in Ashford, Kent, on 15 November, 2001 and a second alleged rape on 11 July 2002 of a woman, in Redhill, Surrey.

He is also accused of attacking two women in south west London and two other women and a 14-year-old girl in Surrey.

Parents advised to take computer precautions

Contributed by editor on Jan 13, 2004 - 01:49 AM

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Computer crime experts in Kent have advised parents to take a series of precautions to safeguard their children from the risks of internet chatrooms.

The advice urges parents to talk with their children about the dangers, and asks them to avoid placing computers in youngsters' rooms.

A spokesman said problems seem to occur when children are unsupervised.

Confused of Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Jan 12, 2004 - 02:37 PM

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Dear Ed

I didn't know they were closing the post office to build more homes, but that is what Radio Kent have printed on their website.

Post office closure is 'impractical'

The decision to close a Kent post office to build new homes has been described as totally impractical by a local councillor.

Councillor Peter Smith said if the store closes in Hawkinge, near Folkestone, it will rip the heart out of the village community.

Residents in the town have been campaigning against the proposed sale of the store due to go ahead in July.

Cllr Smith said: "This is a drastic situation to happen to a village that has been expanding for the last ten years and over the weekend two more planning applications came in for more houses and a block of flats."

I am more than a little confused.

Can Councillor Peter Smith tell us what is going on

J Cullen

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.