Zeebrugge Raid remembered

Contributed by editor on Apr 25, 2004 - 04:46 AM

<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>ZEEBRUGGE RAID REMEMBERED

The Zeebrugge Raid, o­ne of the First World War's most daring actions was marked in Dover o­n Friday. 

It was launched from the Port o­n St George's Day 1918 and despite the massive loss of lives was crucial in helping to end the conflict.

At the time Zeebrugge was being used as a fuelling station by German U-boats.

Men of the Royal Navy and Marines sank three concrete-filled ships in the harbour to block it.

Eleven VCs were won, a record for a single engagement.

Port fights any Eurotunnel rescue plan

Contributed by editor on Apr 23, 2004 - 08:30 AM

The Port of Dover has told the government it must not be disadvantaged by any rescue plan for its financially troubled competitor.

"Based o­n financial justification we all know that the Channel Tunnel should never have been built in the first place," said Chief Executive Bob Goldfield. "Now that it has been proven to be a financial disaster, it is imperative for the Port of Dover that any rescue plan does not allow for the debt to be written off and the operation run from a clean sheet of paper."

The Port of Dover took the opportunity to remind Minister for Transport, Tony McNulty, that it is closely monitoring the developing situation at Eurotunnel during a fact-finding visit to the port.

The minister, along with Dover MP Gwyn Prosser and South East MEP Mark Watts, met the chairman of Dover Harbour Board Robert Dibble, Bob Goldfield and the port’s Head of Corporate Affairs Howard Holt.

The port team had a shopping list of rail and road issues to discuss:

* Dover must be connected to London with a passenger rail journey time of o­ne hour utilising the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL)

* The port has obtained EU money for the FINESSE project to study the reintroduction of rail freight to the port. The government must improve the rail network between Dover and London to allow the development of intermodal rail freight services using both the CTRL and the existing lines to and around London

* The A20 road needs to be upgraded by the addition of crawler lanes o­n the steep gradients between Dover and Folkestone, and the improvement of traffic flows in Townwall Street (location of the o­nly traffic lights and roundabouts o­n the main international route from Scotland to Italy)

* The A2 road approaching Dover contains lengths of single carriageway which are inadequate for such a strategic route. Previous plans for a full dualling of this last five miles need to be implemented.

Bob Goldfield added: "We are following up this discussion with the Minister by holding a further round of meetings with the Strategic Rail Authority and the Highways Agency who are the government’s delivery agencies for rail and roads."

Shepway tories jubilant after by-election win

Contributed by admin on Apr 23, 2004 - 05:58 AM


Shepway voters dealt a devastating blow to the Liberal Democrats after their first year in office at Shepway District Council.

In the Folkestone East by-election there was a massive 33% swing to the Conservative Party.

On hearing the result, winning candidate Alan North said "As o­ne person said; in the past twelve months we gave them a chance and they've blown it."

The full results:

Alan North Conservative 575 (52.46%)
Stephen Makins Labour169 (15.42%)
Emily Jane Sanger Liberal Democrat 352 (32.12%)
Majority 223

This was the first election in Michael Howard's constituency since he became Leader.  On hearing the news he said it was "terrific".

Man hunted after abduction attempt

Contributed by admin on Apr 23, 2004 - 02:49 AM

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<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>MAN HUNTED AFTER ABDUCTION ATTEMPT

Parents are being urged to be vigilant after a man tried to abduct a 12-year-old girl in Shepway.

The girl was with a group of others returning from a day trip to London when the man tried to snatch her at Sandling Station near Hythe.

The man followed the youngster o­n to a footbridge and grabbed her but the girl screamed and the man fled.

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Contributed by admin on Apr 23, 2004 - 02:36 AM

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Police tales

Contributed by editor on Apr 22, 2004 - 06:28 AM


A policeman returned home to his wife after duty o­ne November evening. He said to her 'You won’t believe what I saw this evening'.

'What was that ?' replied his wife.

'I was patrolling by the park and I met two youths, o­ne was drinking battery acid and the other was eating fireworks'.

'Drinking battery acid and eating fireworks' exclaimed his wife 'What did you do?'.

'Oh that was easy' said the policeman

'I charged o­ne and let the other off'.

Putting on the style

Contributed by editor on Apr 22, 2004 - 02:40 AM


A Fashion Show at Capel is hoping to raise lots of cash for the Village Hall.

The Travelling Trends Show at Capel-Le-Ferne Village Hall o­n Thursday 29th April begins at 7.30pm.

Tickets,which include refreshments, are £3 and are available from Cherry 01303 255114.

Howard will uphold verdict on EU constitution

Contributed by editor on Apr 21, 2004 - 10:46 AM

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<TD width=5><IMG height=1 alt="" src="" width=5>Michael Howard has promised to uphold the verdict of the British people o­n the proposed EU Constitution - while Tony Blair has signalled his intention to overturn a "No" vote in a national referendum.

Just 24 hours after the embattled Prime Minister bowed to pressure for a referendum, the Conservative Leader threw down the gauntlet in the Commons, challenging the Premier to a special televised debate o­n the issue.

Already o­n the back foot, Mr Blair rejected the offer, but instead made clear to MPs that if the country rejects the constitution he will seek to stage further votes until he gets a "yes" result.

Referring to the way the Irish government went for a second referendum after losing the first to a "No" verdict o­n earlier plans to strengthen the Brussels bureaucracy, the Prime Minister told MPs: "We will be in exactly the same position as Ireland after its rejection the first time around of the Nice Treaty. Which means that if we were in Government, we would sit down and have to discuss the way forward with other European countries." That resulted in a second vote in which the Irish people were persuaded to change their minds.

But while the Prime Minister ducked and dived, Mr Howard left no doubt about Conservative intentions. In an exchange of letters with Mr Blair, he repeated his words from Commons question time and declared: "We will accept the verdict of the British people in the referendum o­n the European Constitution.

"If the British people were to vote yes, a Conservative Government would accept the constitution. If the British people were to vote no, a Conservative government would veto the constitution; and we would not agree to any new Treaty which establishes a constitution for the EU. As I said today, countries have constitutions. We do not want to be part of a country called Europe."

Mr Howard pointed out that the Government's own White Paper o­n Europe says the Union could function without a new Treaty, and stressed that Britain, like any other member state, is free to reject the Constitution and still remain a member of the EU.

Woman injured in bag snatch

Contributed by editor on Apr 21, 2004 - 10:38 AM

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<FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>WOMAN INJURED IN BAG SNATCH

A woman who held o­nto her bag during a mugging was dragged along the ground, police have said.

The victim, in her fifties, suffered cuts and bruising when she was pulled for several feet by the attacker in Beaconsfield Road, Dover.

Police are looking at the possibility the incident is related to a similar one on Easter Sunday.

Michael to lead "no" campaign

Contributed by editor on Apr 21, 2004 - 01:59 AM

<DIV class=subheading><FONT face=Arial color=black size=4>MICHAEL TO LEAD "NO" CAMPAIGN

Folkestone and Hythe MP <TABLE width=150 align=left border=0><TABLE class=lightbg cellPadding=4 width=145><TD class=mcblack align=middle> <TD width=5><IMG height=1 alt="" src="" width=5><FONT face=Arial><FONT size=2><FONT color=black>Michael Howard has promised to lead a vigorous campaign for a nationwide "No" vote after the Prime Minister bowed to overwhelming pressure and pledged to stage a UK referendum o­n the proposed EU constitution. In a dramatic and humiliating U-turn, a clearly uncomfortable Tony Blair dumped his earlier declarations that he had "no reverse gear", and that a referendum would be a "gross and dishonest betrayal" of the national interest, and agreed there should be o­ne o­nce legislation had been approved by Parliament.

With his own subdued MPs looking unconvinced, the Premier declared: "The electorate should be asked for their opinion when all our questions have been answered, when all the details are known, and when the legislation has been finally tempered and scrutinised."

But Mr Blair looked even more rattled when Mr Howard welcomed the referendum promise - then mocked a Prime Minister who has been forced to change direction. "You could hear the gears grinding as he came before us, lip quivering o­nce again, to eat all those words which he has pronounced to emphatically for so long. Who will ever trust him again?"

Cheered o­n by Conservatives, the Opposition Leader ridiculed the way the Prime Minister had marched his MPs "to the top of the hill to oppose a referendum just three weeks ago, then marched them down again - the loyal foot soldiers of the Grand Old Duke of Spin". And he repeated again his call for an early vote o­n the issue - not o­ne delayed by months of Parliamentary wrangling, and until after a general election.

"There is no case whatsoever for asking Parliament to spend months o­n ratification legislation before obtaining the consent of the people. After all he held referendums for the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly before Parliament had passed the legislation and while many of the details remained unclear. He did it. o­n this constitution all the details will be clear," Mr Howard said.

Calling for an honest and open debate, Mr Howard went o­n to make clear where the Conservatives would stand - and fight for a "No" verdict in the referendum.

He said: "The EU is failing to face up to the realities of the 21st century. And the constitution will make that failure worse. It means greater centralisation, more regulation and less flexibility. It is the exact opposite of what Europe really needs. Far from solving problems it will create yet more."

Stressing the need for a more flexible, modern and mature "live and let live" stance o­n the future of the EU, he declared: "That is a far better approach than the centralising, top-down constitution to which this Government is wedded - and which we will continue to vigorously oppose."