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.

Man rescued from cliff

Contributed by editor on Jan 11, 2004 - 03:35 AM

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A man has been plucked to safety from a cliff face in Kent by a specialist rescue team.

Fire crews were joined by the line rescue team who managed to winch the man to safety after he was trapped on the cliff near Snargate Street, Dover.

Paramedics, who joined the fire crews, had to stabilise the man before he could be brought down.

The man was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, where his condition on Sunday morning was described as comfortable.

Disastrous News For Beer Drinkers

Contributed by webmaster on Jan 10, 2004 - 11:27 AM


Yesterday scientists announced to the world the alarming results of a recent analysis, that found the presence of female hormones in beer.

This comes as a cruel blow to all men.

It is advised that if you are male between the ages of 18 and 85 you may need to seek medical assistance to assess your beer consumption.

WARNING:Drinking beer eventually turns men into women.

THE TEST:100 men were fed 8 pints of beer each within a 1 hour period

THE RESULT: 100% of the men:

* Gained weight
* Talked excessively without making any sense
* Became overly emotional
* Couldn't drive
* Failed to think rationally
* Argued over nothing
* Had to sit down while urinating
* Refused to apologise when wrong

NOTE: No further testing is planned.