Cash for community groups

Contributed by editor on Feb 03, 2005 - 12:10 AM


More than 20 community projects in Dover have benefited in the last 10 months from funding recommended by Kent County Council's Dover Local Board.

Funds ranging from £100 to £7,000 have been issued to worthy causes including the Citizens Advice Bureau, Wingham Youth Club and Deal Gymnastics Club.

The Kent-Dover Local Board will announce at its meeting next Thursday 10 February which organisations have so far received funding. The meeting is open to all residents in the Dover district at Deal Town Hall, starting at 6.30pm.

Preferences for future funding will be outlined and the board will receive presentations on the role of wardens in the district and a presentation on the Public Service Agreement Better Services for the people of Dover District.

Board Chairman Bryan Cope said: "This local board has been established to enable county council members to work more closely with local public, voluntary and private sector partners. We want as many community groups as possible to take advantage of the funds being made available for local projects."

Organisations have until mid-March to apply for community grants.

Interested organisations should apply by contacting KCC Community Liaison Officer James Painter, e-mail

Seafront plans go on view

Contributed by editor on Feb 02, 2005 - 04:18 PM


Major plans for a multi-million pound development on Folkestone seafront go on view this week.

The exhibition is being hosted by Trent Developments Ltd, the company behind proposals for a leisure and residential development on the site of the former Rotunda amusement park.

The exhibition, at the Civic Centre in Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, is open between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Friday (4 February) and between 10.00am and 1.00pm on Saturday (5 January). It will include a model and computer visualisations and there will an opportunity for visitors to talk to Toby Atkinson, Trent’s Managing Director.

Proposals include 740 apartments, hotel, restaurant, multiplex cinema, and bowling alley. 

The original scheme also included food superstore, ASDA, but the giant store is now incorporated in the Bride Hall town centre development.

Trent Developments have now completed the environmental impact assessment needed by the council and the planning application is due to be considered by councillors within the next few months.

More disruption for shoppers

Contributed by editor on Feb 02, 2005 - 04:14 PM


Shoppers in Folkestone will have to endure more disruption when part of Rendezvous Street will be given a new look as part of town centre improvements.

The facelift to Sandgate Road has finally been completed and the next phase of the Folkestone Streets and Squares improvement programme is due to start on Monday 7 February.

The project will see repaving of the road and pavements in natural materials to enhance the traditional character of area. York stone will be used for pavements and granite setts for the road. Kerbstones, saved from the improvement work in Sandgate Road, will be used to help give Rendezvous Street a more traditional shape. 

“The materials being used for these improvements, which stretch from Old Town Hall Square to the junction with The Old High Street, will vary from those used in Sandgate Road. They will be in keeping with the existing traditional character of this part of the town,� said John Dawson, an architect for Shepway Council.

Existing street light columns will be refurbished and given new lantern-style lights. Bollards and litterbins will also be refurbished.

The work - which is funded by the South East England Development Agency, the European Union Interreg programme and Shepway Council - is expected to take 16 weeks to complete. Although the road will be closed to traffic during some of the work, pedestrian access will not be affected.

New homes boost wildlife

Contributed by editor on Feb 02, 2005 - 04:02 PM


Local residents and visitors from further afield are likely to be attracted to new homes and places to eat that have been created at the Royal Military Canal.

Shepway District Council, which maintains the full length of the canal from Seabrook to West Hythe, has just finished a substantial tree planting programme as part of the Habitat Enhancement Programme.

“By planting specific species of trees we hope to attract a variety of wildlife onto the canal,â€? said Kate Rowland, the council’s Environment Officer. 

Since the enhancement programme started two years ago there has been a noticeable increase in the number of recorded species seen on the canal.

“Many of the trees planted, like the Common whitebeam, Rowan, Wild cherry and Wayfaring tree produce berries as food for the birds,� said Kate. “Bees will be attracted to the Small leafed lime’s sweet smelling flowers and the White hairstreak butterfly will be naturally drawn to the Wych elms. The mixed native hedgerow and thicket planting is good for the Cetti’s warbler and other small nesting birds and dormice.�

Giant pulls in the crowds

Contributed by editor on Feb 02, 2005 - 03:53 PM


More than 100 people turned up at Hawkinge Village Hall on Thursday (27 January) to look at plans for their village and to find out what part they can play in shaping its future.

Taking Part, Making Changes was organised by the Hawkinge Partnership to show local people how it hopes to improve a wide range of services involving health, education, crime and safety, housing and community events.

Jan Doyle, Chairman of the Partnership said the response from the people of Hawkinge had been brilliant.

“The turn-out was fantastic and we had lots of suggestions and thoughts about what people would like to see. Hopefully we will now have more people willing to contribute to the board’s work. “

Stands were manned between 2.30pm and 8.30pm with each stand covering a separate theme – health, education, youth, a safer Hawkinge, the environment, community events, community chest and housing and the environment.

“The aim of Taking Part, Making Changes was to explain how we would like to address these issues and encourage people to join various projects that will help bring about the changes, � said Deirdre Ferguson, Hawkinge Neighbourhood Manager.

Helping to promote the event was Torrent, a 13-feet high giant created by Strange Cargo Art Company. Members of the company said there had been enough support from people visiting Taking Part, Making Changes, to get a team together and create a giant especially for the village.

Householders and the use of force against intruders

Contributed by admin on Feb 01, 2005 - 04:51 PM


Welcoming the publication of the joint Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) leaflet on 'Householders and the use of force against intruders,' Home Secretary, Charles Clarke said: "The Government announced last month that following discussions with chief police officers, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the CPS, the law on self defence was sound. I firmly believe it is the right of every British citizen to protect himself, his family and his home from intruders of any kind.

"Ken McDonald, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has made it clear that householders will only be prosecuted if they use very excessive force in defending their home against intruders. The CPS informal survey also demonstrates that the number of such cases brought before the courts is extremely low. Ken McDonald also said that "homeowners not prosecuted include those who have shot and stabbed burglars".

"The key issue now is ensuring that householders understand the law. I very much welcome the leaflet that the CPS and ACPO have published today. It sets out in plain language what householders' rights are and the level of force they can use when confronted by an intruder.

"This is essential to the Government's commitment to making the law on self defence clearer to householders.

"The Government is supporting the work of the CPS and ACPO to disseminate this information to ensure it reaches as many members of the public as possible. It is vital that the public understand the law and have confidence in the criminal justice system."

The Attorney General Lord Goldsmith said: "I very much welcome the guidance that has been published by ACPO and the CPS. Its swift production is in response to public concern over this issue and should provide people with reassurance.

"The guidance makes clear that the law supports the rights of householders to protect themselves, their families and their property against intruders by the use of reasonable force."


Householders and the use of force against intruders

Joint Public Statement from the Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers

What is the purpose of this statement?

It is a rare and frightening prospect to be confronted by an intruder in your own home. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Chief Constables are responding to public concern over the support offered by the law and confusion about householders defending themselves. We want a criminal justice system that reaches fair decisions, has the confidence of law-abiding citizens and encourages them actively to support the police and prosecutors in the fight against crime.

Wherever possible you should call the police. The following summarises the position when you are faced with an intruder in your home, and provides a brief overview of how the police and CPS will deal with any such events.

Does the law protect me? What is ‘reasonable force’?

Anyone can use reasonable force to protect themselves or others, or to carry out an arrest or to prevent crime. You are not expected to make fine judgements over the level of force you use in the heat of the moment. So long as you only do what you honestly and instinctively believe is necessary in the heat of the moment, that would be the strongest evidence of you acting lawfully and in selfdefence. This is still the case if you use something to hand as a weapon.

As a general rule, the more extreme the circumstances and the fear felt, the more force you can lawfully use in self-defence.

Do I have to wait to be attacked?

No, not if you are in your own home and in fear for yourself or others. In those circumstances the law does not require you to wait to be attacked before using defensive force yourself.

What if the intruder dies?

If you have acted in reasonable self-defence, as described above, and the intruder dies you will still have acted lawfully. Indeed, there are several such cases where the householder has not been prosecuted. However, if, for example:

* having knocked someone unconscious, you then decided to further hurt or kill them to punish them; or
* you knew of an intended intruder and set a trap to hurt or to kill them rather than involve the police, 

you would be acting with very excessive and gratuitous force and could be prosecuted.

What if I chase them as they run off?

This situation is different as you are no longer acting in self-defence and so the same degree of force may not be reasonable. However, you are still allowed to use reasonable force to recover your property and make a citizen’s arrest. You should consider your own safety and, for example, whether the police have been called. A rugby tackle or a single blow would probably be reasonable. Acting out of malice and revenge with the intent of inflicting punishment through injury or death would not.

Will you believe the intruder rather than me?

The police weigh all the facts when investigating an incident. This includes the fact that the intruder caused the situation to arise in the first place. We hope that everyone understands that the police have a duty to investigate incidents involving a death or injury. Things are not always as they seem. On occasions people pretend a burglary has taken place to cover up other crimes such as a fight between drug dealers.

How would the police and CPS handle the investigation and treat me?

In considering these cases Chief Constables and the Director of Public Prosecutions (Head of the CPS) are determined that they must be investigated and reviewed as swiftly and as sympathetically as possible. In some cases, for instance where the facts are very clear, or where less serious injuries are involved, the investigation will be concluded very quickly, without any need for arrest. In more complicated cases, such as where a death or serious injury occurs, more detailed enquiries will be necessary. The police may need to conduct a forensic examination and/or obtain your account of events.

To ensure such cases are dealt with as swiftly and sympathetically as possible, the police and CPS will take special measures namely:

* An experienced investigator will oversee the case; and
* If it goes as far as CPS considering the evidence, the case will be prioritised to ensure a senior lawyer makes a quick decision. 

It is a fact that very few householders have ever been prosecuted for actions resulting from the use of force against intruders.

Latest local crime 24/01/05 to 31/01/05

Contributed by editor on Feb 01, 2005 - 02:16 PM

COUNTRY EYE - NEIGBOURHOOD WATCH  Crime Sheet 24/1/05 to 31/1/05

Crime Sheet 24/01/05 to 31/01/05


Between 1642hrs & 1742hrs 24/01/05




The informant reports that 4 male youths have kicked and broken 2 lights, which stand on short metal pillars. These are pathway lights. The informant saw the youths kicking at them the lights still work but have been dislodged from there mountings.

There were three white males one mixed race male. 3 where wearing hoodies. One was wearing a baseball cap and riding a BMX bike. They made off towards Tesco at Hawkinge.


Between 0945hrs & 1700hrs 25/01/05




The offenders have gained access to the rear garden, when they left, the gate was left open. They have then forced the rear kitchen door open but caused damage only to the beading. The door mechanism is still in working order. There are 4-5 Jemmy marks on the outside of the door. The door still locks and is secure. Offenders have not searched through the downstairs rooms, leaving TV's, stereos etc but have gone upstairs to the master bedroom and emptied all drawers and cupboards and stolen items. The IP's wife's handbag was on the bed in a spare room with credit cards and cash in and clearly on view but these have not been taken. Exit has been as entry.


Between 1130hrs 25/01/05

& 0500hrs 26/01/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle



The Offender(s) have forced the lock on the driver’s door, gained entry & stolen Goodman’s car radio & vehicle logbook.


Between 1730hrs 28/01/05 & 1430hrs 30/01/05

Interference with Motor Vehicle



The Ip states that he parked his vehicle on the driveway at approx 1830hrs 28/01/2005 and went away for the weekend, on returning he found the vehicle had been broken into. The driver’s door had been bent back and access gained to the vehicle. Ip stated that the offender has conducted an untidy search of the vehicle and that there were muddy footprints on the steering wheel where offender/s have forced the steering lock. Nothing has been stolen for the vehicle.


Between 0930hrs & 1130hrs 30/01/05




This report is one of a grouping, approx 25 lockers have been broken into. The Ip states he left his locker, locked and secured at approx 0930hrs and everything was in order. When he returned to the locker at approx 1130hrs he found that unknown offenders had forced the locker open with what is believed to be a screwdriver. The offender(s) have then stolen an Odyssey putter from the locker, at this stage it appears nothing else has been stolen from the locker.


Between 1900hrs & 2350hrs 29/01/05




The Ip has reported that between the times stated unknown offender(s) have broken one of the Ip's windscreen wipers off the vehicle and they have also scratched along the length of the passenger side door and there are scratched to the bonnet.


Between 2330hrs & 2355hrs 26/01/05

Burglary Other



The IP states that her both her and her husband went to bed last night around 2200 hrs and all the premises was in order.

The IP states at 2345 hrs the IP's dog has gone berserk started barking. The IP states she has got up and she states her dog has gone to the front room. The Ip states that she has pulled the front curtains back and as she has done so her dog has "thrown himself" at the window barking as the IP states a young lad was stood outside the front of her house.

She states that her garden is 15 ft long at the front and the male was stood right near front of the house. The IP stated the young lad has frozen to the spot when he has seen her and heard her dog barking and going berserk.

He IP stated the male had his hands in his pockets and it appeared that he had a bag hanging from his wrist. 

Male described as white male, aged 15 yrs, medium height, slim, baseball cap, khaki parka, jeans and dark trainers with white lines on. Male had a long thin face.

This morning the IP has gone to her shed, which leads into her garage. She states that the shed and garage are normally kept insecure. She has found that the shed door was open. She has looked inside the shed but states due to the shed being untidy she could not see anything stolen.


Between 2236hrs & 2239hrs 27/01/05

Offensive Weapon Knife



Police attended location, Informant, pointed out a male, and stated a number of customers had seen him with what appeared to be a knife. Police spoke to the offender and asked him outside. A section 1 PACE search and in the offender's pocket was a "cutthroat razor". He was then arrested for possession of a bladed article. 


Between 1110hrs & 1345hrs 28/01/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle



The IP had parked her vehicle in the car park next to Village Hall at the rear of the shops.As the IP only works for a couple of hours between 11-1400hrs she brings her dogs with her and leaves them in the vehicle. One of these was about 5 months old with black fur. It has a white chest and 3 white paws. The IP had put the new dog in a large puppy cage in the back of the vehicle and the older pet was allowed to wander about the vehicle.

When the IP returned to the car park at around 1345hrs she found that the rear nearside quarter light had been smashed and the unknown offender had leaned in and taken the puppy from the cage.



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


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

Local Tsunami event a big success

Contributed by editor on Jan 31, 2005 - 04:29 PM


The Tsunami fundraising event organised by Local webdesign company Deewebs raised a massive £1500 on Friday night (28 January).

The Charity Fundraiser for the Tsunami/Earthquake Appeal at the New Inn Etchinghill saw the pub packed with people wanting to donate to the fund.

Deewebs would like to thank all who attended with special thanks to Kevin and Joyce who let them takeover the pub for the night, to Richard Adams and Johnny Lewis from KMfm and all the businesses and individuals who donated more than 80 prizes for the auction and raffle.

Giant steps are what you take

Contributed by editor on Jan 30, 2005 - 10:48 PM


The village is to have its own Giant and to launch the project scores of villagers set off on a walk to discover the Hawkinge Giant.

Members of Strange Cargo Arts Company joined the walkers as they set off from the Hawkinge Community Centre (30 January). They explained the project as they made their way through Reinden Wood, on to Old Hawkinge and finally returning to the Community Centre.

Giant co-ordinator Cyril Trice took on the role of tour guide and pointed out historical sites in the village hoping to inspire the walkers to artistic creativity.

The 15 foot high giant is to be constructed by villagers under the watchful eye of Strange Cargo artists. It needs to be completed within the next few weeks and volunteers are urgently need to help with its construction.

Already Littlebourne near Canterbury has its own giant and Elvington near Deal will be the third of five East Kent villages to join the group.

Cyril said: "It was terrific to see local people of all age groups wanting to get involved in this Community project.

"I'm sure this will benefit the village. Who knows, there could be a Giants festival with our neighbours on the other side of the channel.

"This is an opportunity for Hawkinge to make some Giant steps in putting us on the map."

Anyone interested in helping, please contact either Cyril Trice 01303 893499 or Strange Cargo Arts Company 01303 244533.

Editor's note:

Strange Cargo is a celebratory and participatory arts company based in Folkestone.

In 1998 they received a lottery grant to develop new arts events in East Kent. 

These events were designed to be high-quality participatory arts experiences that would engage with new audiences; encourage participation, especially among young people; and provide development opportunities for artists and emergent arts organisations.

Security alert forces Channel Tunnel closure

Contributed by editor on Jan 28, 2005 - 07:57 PM


The Channel Tunnel terminal in Cheriton has been evacuated after a security alert this afternoon (28 January).

The emergency services and a bomb disposal squad were called to the terminal after a mortar bomb dating back to the First World War was found in a car.

All trains have been cancelled and vehicles are being kept away from the area.

The tunnel is expected to re-open later in the evening.

A man was arrested following the incident