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Local New 19th March 2018

A man has been arrested following a serious assault in Ramsgate.
During a disturbance in the High Street at about 3 a.m. on Saturday, a man in his 20’s suffered a severe head injury. He remains in a serious condition after being transferred to a London hospital. A 24 year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of assault. Police kept that part of the High Street cordoned-off until early afternoon and are keen to hear from any witnesses.
Broadstairs Viking Bay may soon be welcoming a new attraction.
If the recent planning application is approved, the seafront shelter, former toilets and lift off Victoria Parade at Viking Bay in Broadstairs will become a boutique coffee house. The site was sold by Thanet Council at auction last October, its £350,000 price being more than 7 times that expected. If successful, the developed site will be called the Funicular Coffee House, a tribute to the fact that until recently the Broadstairs Cliff Railway, operational from 1910 to 1991, had been the steepest of its kind in the UK.
Police need witnesses to last month’s Hengist Way crash.
At 1.39 a.m. on Saturday 3rd February, a private ambulance overturned near the Cliffsend roundabout on the A299 Hengist Way, travelling from the Minster roundabout direction. The patient in the ambulance, a 66 year-old man from Sturry, died the following day. Two other men suffered injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Following tests and investigations, the case has now been taken up by the Serious Collision Investigation Unit. They now need further evidence from any witnesses.
A Margate pub has boosted the Kent Air Ambulance fund.
On Saturday night, the landlord of The Lord Byron pub handed over a cheque for £1,019 to David Duncombe from Kent Air Ambulance, a charity that relies entirely on donations and fundraising. The money had built up over the last year from regulars’ contributions to a swear box and other activities. Pub owner Tony Palmer is a firefighter and often appreciates the work of the Air Ambulance.
Margate continued an unbeaten March after a Frannie Collin brace secured a 2-2 draw at Metropolitan Police. Ramsgate's game against Carshalton was cancelled because of the snow . . . . and in Rugby, Thanet Wanderers game against Crowborough also fell victim to the weather and was cancelled following a pitch inspection.


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