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The Chatterbox - Statement

Contributed by editor on Nov 26, 2005 - 01:40 AM

 

THE CHATTERBOX

Until recently the Chatterbox had run for nearly three years without any problems but it is now being used to post material which some readers are finding offensive.

The posts derive from a very small proportion of our guests who fail to sign their postings. They have upset many of the regular and new readers.

Although the Hawkinge Gazette has a policy which covers libellous, threatening and illegal postings we have up to now not had to address the problem which is now manifesting itself.

In view of this, we are asking all readers to please use the Chatterbox, in a considerate manner.

Any offensive postings will now be removed.

The Hawkinge Gazette is not a business and any money we receive for advertising merely helps to pay for a small proportion of the running costs of the site. 

Without you advertisers would not advertise and without these advertisers we would either have to reduce our content or close the site.

If you have any comments to make please let us know

Hawkinge Gazette and Channel Coast News


'Fine art dealer' - police warning

Contributed by editor on Nov 24, 2005 - 11:50 PM


'FINE ART DEALER' - POLICE WARNING

Following reports of a 'Fine Art Dealer' calling o­n houses in Saltwood this week police are warning the public to be o­n their guard.

The man produced a card which he stated had been approved by the Police.

Police state they DO NOT recommend or approve any individuals or companies at all whatever the business.

Our advice if you are thinking of selling anything and it is the same with having work done o­n your home is as follows.

Get more than o­ne quote ask friends and family to recommend someone but do not be tempted to accept an offer from someone who calls at your home uninvited.

If the offer seems to good to be true it usually is.

If this person calls at your premises say you are not interested and please contact the Neighbourhood Watch office o­n 01304 218130.


Latest local crime 21/11/05 to 24/11/05

Contributed by editor on Nov 24, 2005 - 09:54 PM


COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH 

Crime Sheet 21/11 to 24/11

19/11/05

between 0105hrs & 0255hrs 19/11/05

Damage

GREEN CLOSE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE


Offenders have entered Ip’s front garden - taken 4 planted clay pots from the garden & run out into the road & thrown and smashed. Neighbour was awoken by the sounds of the pots smashing looked out to see 3-4 youths no descriptions laughing & joking - described as not drunk but very high , the broken pots in the road - he then saw them get into the suspect vehicle & make off in R ed Nissan with exhaust trailing on the ground.



19/11/05

Between 1930hrs 18/11/05 & 0800hrs 19/11/05

Damage

KIPPING CLOSE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE


Rear Nearside window of vehicle smashed



21/11/05

Between 1900hrs 20/11/05 & 0800hrs 21/11/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle

ACRISE, FOLKESTONE


IP discovered the rear off side window smashed and a bottle of Grant whiskey stolen from the rear seat.



21/11/05

Between 1830hrs 18/11/05 & 0700hrs 21/11/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle

STOWTING COMMON STOWTING, ASHFORD


Informant has arrived at work this morning to find two of his vans have been broken into by means of forcing locks and smashing windows.

Stolen

Sony Camera

Tom Tom Sat Nav

12 CD Cartridge for CD Player

 

 

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


Howard's Way 24 November 2005

Contributed by editor on Nov 24, 2005 - 12:07 AM

HOWARD'S WAY.... a weekly column from Michael Howard MP

<IMG height=195 hspace=10 src="http://www.localrags.co.uk/images/michaelhoward3.jpg" width=130 align=right vspace=10 border=0>24 November 2005

No-one could fail to be moved by the tragic murder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky. Mowed down o­n her daughter’s fourth birthday, her killing is the latest cruel and stark reminder of the debt we owe to the police. They really do risk their lives o­n our behalf every time they go o­n duty and that is something we should never forget.


But this tragedy has also given rise to debate o­n some serious questions of public policy. It is certainly arguable that this is not the best time to discuss these issues. Emotions inevitably run deep in the aftermath of events of this kind and, it is said, we should do better to wait until passions have cooled and the climate is right for a more rational debate.

The trouble with this argument is that when passions cool the debate rarely takes place. The attention of the media move o­n and the debate concentrates o­n whatever subject is then grabbing the headlines.

So I do not think we can escape the arguments o­n the two questions which have surfaces in the last few days – capital punishment and the arming of the police.

Lord Stevens, the former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, has said that this tragedy changed his mind and converted him to the cause of capital punishment for the murder of police officers. I know and greatly respect Lord Stevens. But I disagree with him o­n this.

Many years ago I changed my mind the other way. I was converted from a belief in capital punishment by the clear evidence of cases like the Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four that human justice can never be infallible and that you can hardly ever be certain that no mistake is being made. I remain of that view.

As for arming the police, there may well be a case for arming more police officers than is currently the case. But I am not persuaded that all our police officers should be armed. It would change the nature of the country we live in. And I am not convinced that it would necessarily help in dealing with the increase in gun crime we are now suffering.

There is nothing inevitable about this increase. Gun crime fell when I was Home Secretary. But we should be careful about simplistic answers. We do need cool rational debate about all these questions.


Neanderthals still populate the site

Contributed by editor on Nov 23, 2005 - 12:35 PM


NEANDERTHALS STILL POPULATE THE SITE

Dear Ed,

Some time ago I stopped taking part in the 'Chatterbox' section, because the comments were becoming increasingly nasty and personally offensive. 

However I still look at it occasionally to see if things have improved - some hope!! 

It seems that the same neanderthals still populate the site. 

I am completely in favour of lively debate and have a strong sense of humour, but some of the comments go beyond the pale (brats being dropped off at school etc etc). 

If the contributors o­nly made comments which they would be willing to make face to face, then the whole thing would be far more interesting and worth while, instead of the mindless smart-ass comments which seem to make up the whole enterprise.

As things stand, I will still keep away, and would advise anyone else with half a brain to do the same!

Jean James


Latest local crime 14/11/05 to 20/11/05

Contributed by editor on Nov 22, 2005 - 03:30 PM


COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH 

Crime sheet 14/11 to 20/11


16/11/05

Between 1815hrs & 1915hrs 16/11/05

Theft of Pedal Cycle

BENSON LANE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE

Offender went to unattended pedal cycle outside home address and stole same a SARACEN Mountain Bike colour Black & Orange



13/11/05

Between 0145hrs & 2000hrs 13/11/05

Theft

STATION ROAD LYMINGE, FOLKESTONE

Informant has a garden storage container in rear garden, the clip has been broken off the door and the garden spade has been taken. Informant states thier dog barked. They looked out of the window and saw a male make off over the low fence at the rear. 



15/11/05

Between 1600hrs 13/11/05 & 1530hrs 15/11/05

Damage

STOWTING, ASHFORD

IP regular window cleaner to do her windows and he has pointed out to her a mark in the corner of the opening part of a window on the side of the house, which goes into a bathroom.



14/11/05

Between 1600hrs 11/11/05 & 0800hrs 14/11/05

Theft

BURMARSH ROAD DYMCHURCH, ROMNEY MARSH


Unknown offenders have entered the farmyard via the main metal gates, by snapping a padlock and driving a large lorry into the yard. The vehicle would have had to be fitted with a Hi-ab on the rear, as the drums of cabling which has been stolen is very heavy, three would weigh 1 tonne. They also siphoned 200 gallons of diesel from a lorry, which was in the yard.



18/11/05

Between 1800hrs 17/11/05 & 0830hrs 18/11/05

Damage

HAVEN DRIVE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE

The informant has arrived at the school this morning, to find approx. 10 broken bottles in the road, a basketball backboard, damaged, as well as benches up turned



19/11/05

Between

011hrs & 0120hrs 19/11/05

Damage

HERON FORSTAL AVENUE HAWKINGE,

IP was awoken by a loud noise. Ip got up and looked out of bedroom window and saw a group of 3 youths wearing hoodies with the hoods up, smashing garden pots in the road and throwing things at houses. IP has found that the fencing at the side of his house has been damaged and will need to be replaced.



19/11/05

Between 2200hrs 18/11/05 & 0830hrs 19/11/05

Damage

WADDINGTON DRIVE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE

Informant was woken by someone knocking on the door. Looked out of the bedroom window, which looks out onto the front drive but could not see anyone. This morning has seen that the rear windscreen of her car has been smashed. A small decorative wheelbarrow has been thrown through it.



19/11/05

Between 0200hrs & 0920hrs 19/11/05

Damage

WADDINGTON DRIVE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE

Ip states that during the same stated an unknown offender has entered garden and thrown the garden ornament across garden damaging same



19/11/05

Between 0100hrs & 0130hrs 19/11/05

Damage

DE HAVILLAND CLOSE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE

IP states that during times stated an unknown offender(s) have entered her garden and thrown the concrete flowerpot into the middle of the road causing it to smash.



19/11/05

Between 1800hrs 18/11/05 & 1114hrs 19/11/05

Damage

PARK CLOSE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE

Informant states that he parked his vehicle between times stated and he has since discovered 3 x bricks have been thrown at his rear windscreen causing the window to smash and cause damage to the paintwork.



19/11/05

Between 2000hrs 18/11/05 & 1119hrs 19/11/05

Damage

DE HAVILLAND CLOSE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE

Both wing mirrors on Ip's vehicle have been pulled off



20/11/05

Between 1630hrs 19/11/05 & 0915hrs 20/11/05

Theft

THE STREET HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE

Wheelie bin has been stolen from the path between the house and the garage.



19/11/05At 0001hrs 19/11/05

Damage

THE FAIRWAY DYMCHURCH, ROMNEY MARSH

At about midnight Ip heard a loud bang. When they got up next morning they discovered that the small window at the top of the window in the conservatory has been smashed.

 

 

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


Folkestone may lose out to Venice

Contributed by editor on Nov 22, 2005 - 09:20 AM

 

FOLKESTONE MAY LOSE OUT TO VENICE

Seascape, Folkestone fetched £7.3m in 1984


A painting of Folkestone from the sea could soon lose its most expensive tag when a picture of Venice by J M W Turner which went on display yesterday, is sold at auction
.

Experts at Christie's are confident that the Venetian view, painted in 1840, will exceed the existing £7.3 million record for Turner, paid for Seascape Folkestone from the collection of the late Lord Clark of Saltwood, back in 1984.

Giudecca, La Donna della Salute and San Giorgio, which is expected to fetch more than £9 million, will remain on show at the  London headquarters of the auction house in Mayfair until 15 December.


Fresh farm produce

Contributed by editor on Nov 21, 2005 - 10:03 PM


Shepway farm drives ahead with biodiesel crop

Contributed by editor on Nov 21, 2005 - 08:12 PM

SHEPWAY FARM DRIVES AHEAD WITH BIODIESEL CROP

Oilseed rape to produce biodiesel

Biodiesel made on UK farms will be powering many more vehicles within the next 18 months writes Farmers Weekly, and a Shepway farm is leading the way.

Local farmer Andrew Martin who recently received a £20,000 grant to explore the possibility believes the latest energy price rises make on-farm production of the "green" fuel increasingly viable.

Mr Martin calculated that at the 204 acre Romney Marsh Farms growing oilseed rape it could produce as much as 250,000 litres (55,000 gallons) of biodiesel.

Most European engine manufacturers accept biodiesel as a fuel provided it meets the EU's quality standard but some others, notably Japanese makers, may not stand by their warranties if biodiesel is used.


Criminal damage spree at the weekend

Contributed by editor on Nov 21, 2005 - 04:33 PM

CRIMINAL DAMAGE SPREE AT THE WEEKEND

 Neighbourhood Watch report that the village suffered considerable criminal damage over the weekend.

A car windscreen in Park Close and a parked Jaguar car was damaged in de Havilland Close together with a concrete flower pot and wooden picket fencing at the junction of de Havilland and Heron Forstal Avenue.

Meanwhile a wishing well garden ornament was damaged in Waddington Drive and in The Street a wheelie bin was stolen.

On Sunday afternoon a Vauxhall Vectra had the side window smashed while it was parked on the viewing point between Crete Road West and Danton Lane.