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Thousand jobs boost for Shepway

Contributed by editor on Aug 04, 2005 - 09:53 AM

THOUSAND JOBS BOOST FOR SHEPWAY

There are plans to create up to 1,000 jobs in Folkestone over the next two years by a new business park tenant.


The Immigration and Nationality Service is to base its headquarters at the town's Shearway Business Park.

The construction is set to start early next year with 350 workers based there from the middle of 2007.

The plans by the what could be one Shepway's largest employers were welcomed by Shepway District Council.


Drivers risking lives at rail crossings

Contributed by editor on Aug 03, 2005 - 06:47 PM

DRIVERS RISKING LIVES AT RAIL CROSSINGS

Motorists are continuing to ignore red warning lights at crossings on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway despite the death of a train driver in July and another death last year when miniature trains collided with vehicles.

Police said drivers were still ignoring the signals on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Two motorists have driven through red warning lights at the level crossing in Dungeness where the latest victim died.

Engine driver Suzanne Martin was killed at the crossing on 10 July after her miniature train collided with a car.


Latest local crime 1/08/05 to 3/08/05

Contributed by editor on Aug 03, 2005 - 06:33 PM

COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Crime Sheet 31/07/05 to 3/08/05

Crime Sheet 01/08/05 to 03/08/05

31/07/05

Between 1200hrs 31/07/05 & 1850hrs 01/08/05

Theft

FARTHING COMMON LYMINGE, FOLKESTONE




IP states that he has had stolen a horse drawn plough about 10 - 12 feet long - and an anvil which is very heavy - offenders would have needed a van or similar.



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 218151


Missiles installed above Dover ferry port

Contributed by editor on Aug 02, 2005 - 10:04 PM

MISSILES INSTALLED ABOVE DOVER FERRY PORT

The army has insisted the deployment of an anti aircraft missile system on cliffs overlooking the English Channel is not related to the London bombings.

The rapier missile system has complex tracking mechanisms that can target aircrafts up to four miles away and can hit an aircraft travelling at one-and-a-half times faster than the speed of sound.

The missiles will be manned by troops from the 16th Regiment Royal Artillery based at Shorncliffe Barracks in Folkestone.

The Ministry of Defence said the missiles were moved into place today (2 August) as part of a NATO exercise.


Scratching sounds good

Contributed by editor on Aug 02, 2005 - 09:48 PM

SCRATCHING SOUNDS SUCCESS

Music makers got together at the Lower Leas Coastal Park amphitheatre on Saturday (30 July) when Dek Force 1 and Dek Work South East hosted a DJ and music technology workshop.

“Although the wind made a bit of mischief by picking up some of the equipment and blowing across the amphitheatre, this did not deter those who had turned up to make music,� said Shepway Council’s Arts Development Officer, Amanda Oates.

“Drum 'n bass, hip-hop, MC-eeing and scratching were among the cocktail of possibilities on offer from the crew and everyone appeared to have a great time.

“The sessions were rounded off with a 45-minute performance by Dek Force 1 and Dek Work South East.�

On Saturday evening (6 August) the amphitheatre stages a showcase for local performers with original material. Anyone who wishes to perform music, dance, the spoken word or any other form of performance can turn up on the day for a 10-minute slot or can book in advance for a longer performance by calling Simon Mohr on 07970 770257.

“The event is proving so popular that it has been extended to run from 3.00pm to 10.00pm instead of the original start time of 5.00pm. It just goes to show how many potential budding performers we have here in Shepway,� said Amanda.

On Sunday (7 August) Bolivian music comes to the amphitheatre with Wayra de Los Andes. The concert starts at 2.00pm


Latest local crime 27/07/05 to 31/7/05

Contributed by editor on Aug 02, 2005 - 09:15 PM

COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Crime Sheet 27/07/05 to 31/07/05


Crime Sheet 27/07/05 to 31/07/05


30/07/05

Between 2010hrs 29/07/05 & 0700hrs 30/07/05

Burglary Other

CANTERBURY ROAD ETCHINGHILL, FOLKESTONE



Unknown offenders gained entry by smashing the glass panel out of the rear door. Two bins located either side of the rear door were used to stand on to get inside the building. Approx 130 golf clubs and two golf bags were stolen. Exit the same as entry.



31/07/05

Between 2300hrs 30/07/05 & 1000hrs 31/07/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle

CANTERBURY ROAD ETCHINGHILL, FOLKESTONE



Ip called to state that vehicle had been broken into on the driveway The IP states they checked the car around 10:00 hrs this morning and the car stereo had been stolen. The offender had gained access via the front passenger door. 



29/07/05

Between 1350hrs & 1355hrs 29/07/05

Burglary

COURT AT STREET, HYTHE


2 men approached the Ip who was in the rear yard and claimed to be from the water board, stating that they had to turn the water off as there was a leak. Offender distracted Ip and stole £200 in cash.



08/07/05

At 1316hrs 08/07/05

Theft

OPPOSITE CHAPEL ROAD DYMCHURCH,


Phone box broken into and cash box stolen



23/07/05

Between 2130hrs 22/07/05 & 0915hrs 23/07/05

Damage

ORGARSWICK AVENUE DYMCHURCH, ROMNEY MARSH




Unknown offenders knocked the IP's wall down





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 218151


Mini motos guide

Contributed by editor on Aug 02, 2005 - 06:22 AM

MINI MOTOS GUIDE



There is growing concern about the problem of mini motorbikes being used on roads, pavements and in other places that cause disturbance and are dangerous to others.




Although marketed as 'toys', mini motos can reach speeds of up to 60mph and there have been fatalities and serious injury as a result of accidents.



The Home Office has provided the following guidance in connection with the use of:



• petrol driven mini motorbikes



• go-peds



• electric and petrol driven scooters



• some off-road motorbikes



Q: Where can mini motos be used legally?



A: On private land only with the direct permission of the landowner. In the case of parks and forests, the landowner will be the local council.



Q: What other rules apply to the legal use of mini motos?



A: A responsible adult must supervise a rider under 16. The rider should also wear an approved crash helmet (either e-marked or kite-marked).



Q: Can they be used on the road?



A: Only if the rider is over 16, has a driving licence and the vehicle is taxed and insured. They cannot be used on a footpath or cycle route under any circumstances.



Q: If someone is riding a mini moto illegally and causing a danger or nuisance to others, what can be done?



A: Police have a number of courses of action they can take depending on the circumstances:



• following a warning, the bike can be seized by the police (it will cost £120 to have the vehicle returned)



• police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) can issue a fixed penalty of £80 nuisance behaviour



• the rider can be prosecuted under road traffic law and if found guilty, fined and receive points on their licence (if the rider is too young for a driving licence, the offence will be kept on file and the points deducted when the licence is issued)



• illegal or nuisance use of the bikes can be used to form evidence for an Anti-Social Behaviour Order and Acceptable Behaviour Contract.



As a first course of action, police will always try and reach a voluntary solution with the parents of any children misusing the bikes.



Parents are encouraged to make sure there is somewhere safe and within the law for their children to use the bikes before they buy them.



For more information contact: garry.brimson@kent.pnn.police.uk


Be vigilant to keep your area safe

Contributed by editor on Aug 02, 2005 - 04:11 AM

BE VIGILANT TO KEEP YOUR AREA SAFE

Crime figures for South East Kent continue to fall but residents must not become complacent.


These figures are very encouraging and some of this is attributed to the hard work and vigilance of 
Neighbourhood Watch. 



Having said that, some of our neighbouring areas have not been so fortunate and four areas particularly have suffered from burglaries where antiques have been targeted. 



The type of house is most commonly a detached house and often in a rural position. Entry method varies from either forced door or window to smashed or removed glass. Although there is no evidence of specialisation, clocks, furniture, silverware and chinaware have been taken, either together or separately. 



The offences are most likely to occur during the day, Tuesday to Friday being the key days. The daytime burglaries have been while the IP is out but in two cases the IP has been away on holiday, this may suggest an element of pre-planning and previous surveillance by the offenders. 



Be alert to any suspicious callers touting for antiques or strangers paying particular attention to a property? To make our area tight and secure and residents must be very vigilant. 



Please remember to make sure that your property is security marked and can if possible take pictures of items of value, whether sentimental or monetary. 



Take digital photos and put them on a CD so that you can hand the disk to either the Police or Insurance Company if you became a victim. 



If you don’t own a digital camera ask a friend or a member of the family to take a photo for you.



Jobs go at East Kent Airport

Contributed by editor on Aug 01, 2005 - 09:01 PM

JOBS GO AT EAST KENT AIRPORT

Workers at Manston were told today (1 August) that 127 jobs are to go at Kent International Airport following the collapse of EUjet and its parent company PlaneStation last week. The redundancies are to take place immediately.


The administrators said they were unable to maintain insurance cover for any type of aircraft activity and all flights, including freight have been grounded.

Only a skeleton staff would remain to ensure the airport stayed operational while efforts continued to find a buyer.

The future of EUjet and its employees is being handled by an administrator from the Republic of Ireland.


Rail firms battle for high speed Folkestone line

Contributed by editor on Aug 01, 2005 - 08:38 PM

RAIL FIRMS BATTLE FOR HIGH SPEED FOLKESTONE LINE

The firm which runs the Hong Kong Metro and a UK train company have submitted a bid to take over the rail franchise for the south east of England including services to Folkestone Central and West stations.


GNER, which runs the East Coast Main Line franchise, and Hong Kong firm MTR have joined forces under the name Great South Eastern Railway (GSER). MTR and GNER are expected to compete against three other bidders - Danish State Railways, FirstGroup and a consortium of Go-Ahead Group and Keolis.

The franchise covers trains throughout Kent, parts of Sussex and Surrey and into London from those counties. The successful company is also set to run high speed services on the new Channel Tunnel Rail Link from 2008 or 2009. The high speed services will cut journey times from Folkestone Central and West to London to under an hour, running to London St Pancras.

The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) stripped French-owned Connex of its franchise in June 2003, stating poor financial management as the reason. It was replaced five months later by South Eastern Trains, a subsidiary of the SRA.

The Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) has said it would like the area's trains kept under public sector control, arguing reliability has improved.