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Local News, Monday 14 October 2019
A local man has been charged after a man was found dead in Cliftonville.
Police and ambulance services were called to a flat in Sandhurst Place at 2 am on Saturday (12th). Mark Miles, a family man from Birchington, had been stabbed with a broken bottle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Richard McAuley of Northdown Road was arrested nearby and has since been charged with murder and assaulting a woman. The men knew each other.
A man died in Ramsgate High Street last night.
Police and ambulance crews were called on Sunday evening (13th). In the Salvation Army area of the High Street, they found a man who was pronounced dead at the scene. His death is not being treated as suspicious.
The Planning Inspectorate’s Report regarding a DCO for Manston has been delayed.
The Inspectorate’s recommendations over the Development Consent Order for the Manston Airport site was due to go to the Secretary of State for Transport last Wednesday (9th), but they said that a final payment from RiverOak Strategic Partners – which made the DCO submission – is outstanding. RSP said that a cheque had been sent on time and it is expected that any processing delay will be minimal.
The first Margate Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk was a huge success.
Around 700 people took part in the sponsored walk yesterday (13th). It began and ended at The Oval Bandstand in Cliftonville. Walkers had registered for either of the 3 or 6 km coastal routes. The Margate walk, which also featured a memory tag tree at the bandstand, is expected to have raised about £38,000.
The Hilderstone Radio Society is the best amateur radio club in the UK.
The group was awarded this accolade by The Radio Society of Great Britain at a recent radio convention. Voted the best regional club for the past 6 years, they work with brownies, scouts and guides as well as a number of local schools, such as the chats with Tim Peake on the International Space Centre.
Another Michelin award for the Crittenden family.
Last week, we reported that Ben and Sophie Crittenden’s Stark restaurant in Broadstairs has been awarded Thanet’s first Michelin Star. Now, we learn that Ben’s brother and sister, Luke and Jess, have been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand for their restaurant Arya in Ramsgate. The award recognises ‘good quality, good value cooking’.



Local News, Tuesday 15th October 2019



Intruder found in Margate Home

Police are looking for information, after an intruder was found in the bedroom of a Margate property. Between 7.30pm and 7.55pm on Friday, September 27, residents at the property in Canterbury Road heard a noise in another room. When they went to investigate, they found a man in the bedroom. He left when they confronted him and nothing was reported stolen during the incident.

Witnesses are asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/186113/19.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at




Park wall damaged after car crash

Part of the wall at Ellington Park in Ramsgate is down, after a car crashed into it on Sunday October 13. Kent County Council has been notified of the damage on the roadside of the park. A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was called at 10.37am after a car was involved in a collision with a wall at Ellington Park in Ramsgate. “No injuries were reported, and Kent County Council has been made aware of the damage to the wall.”




Local car theft, police seeks witnesses.

Police are carrying out enquiries in Newington and Nethercourt following theft of items from a car. Officers were called at 6.33am on October 14th, to a report off items having been stolen from the vehicle in Ringold Avenue. A bag, which is reported to have been taken from the car, has since been found in an alleyway off Nethercourt Farm Road. Police officers continue to conduct enquiries.

Witnesses are asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at




Cliffsend Parish Council in Crisis.

Two councillors and the parish clerk have resigned from Cliffsend Parish Council, with one citing issues with the chairperson as a reason for stepping down. Councillors Suzanne Chapman and John Hellyer and parish clerk Anne Griffths have quit the council with Ms Griffiths having already left her role. Mr Hellyer remains listed on the parish council website although Miss Chapman has been removed. The resignations have not yet been confirmed with the district council.



Westgate Students dedicated to saving lives.

Thanet Community First Responders have collaborated with Ursuline College, Westgate to establish a public access Defibrillator at the school. Students raised £425 in July to purchase a secure, outdoor and heated cabinet, which enables the local community to access the lifesaving equipment, through the 999 emergency call system should the need arise. Thanet Community First Responders were pleased to donate a G3 AED to be placed in the cabinet.





Local News, Wednesday 16th October 2019



Children are being used as street drug dealers in Thanet

Many of Thanet’s street, drug dealers are children, who have been targeted by criminals higher up the chain, police revealed at a meeting with Ramsgate business owners.

The youngsters some as young as 11 years old are often vulnerable and have their own addiction problems. The information came in response to complaints from town business owners about open street dealing, often behind and in front of the town’s police station, or in the main shopping areas. Traders at the meeting said deals in broad daylight were impacting on business and pushing people away from the town.



Dealers jailed for selling Class A drugs in Margate

Two London dealers who travelled to Margate to sell Class A drugs have been jailed.

On Thursday, April 4 Kent Police officers on patrol in Margate, saw 19-year-old Ben Mbuta-Mapasa and Robert Durao walking around the town, and suspected they were selling drugs. The pair were stopped and searched, by police in Northdown Road and a mix of heroin and crack cocaine wraps, worth a combined total of £5,000, were found. The two men were charged with possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. Durao, admitted the charge and was sentenced to two years and seven months. Mbuta-Mapasa, denied his involvement, but was found guilty following a trial and sentenced to four years and six months. The pair were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday, October 7.


Plans for Nayland Rock Hotel in Margate revealed

The owners of the Nayland Rock Hotel, say they want to renovate the building to include a state-of-the-art spa and associated facilities. Director Nick Conington, who also owns Sands Hotel on Marine Drive, wants to renovate the building, to provide quality accommodation for visitors and the burgeoning arts tourism sector. Architect Guy Holloway, who designed the nearby beachfront houses, has been tasked with the design, with a planning application to Thanet council imminent.


Thanet’s Summer Kitchen takes Top Award

Ramsgate’s Sharon Goodyer and the Thanet Summer Kitchen team, have won a prestigious Inspire the House, Best contribution by a Community Group award, after being nominated by Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay. Craig presented, Our Kitchen on The Isle Of Thanet creator Sharon, with the trophy at the Kids Count Inspiration Award ceremony, in the House of Commons. The aim of the project was not just to combat hunger, but to bring people together, with fun activities and the company of other families during the afternoon and then meals late afternoon/evening.


Beijing youngsters spend a month at Broadstairs Junior School

A group of Chinese children are settling into a month-long visit at Upton Junior School in Broadstairs. The 30 youngsters from Beijing are exploring their new culture and sharing experiences, with their 60 Upton ‘buddies’ who are their partners for the duration of their stay. The students shared an afternoon of Chinese culture to mark the country’s 70th anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic. After a mini show performed by the Chinese students, the two sets of pupils enjoyed activities including paper cutting and calligraphy, creating traditional Chinese designs and lettering, including the sign for ‘happiness’ and ‘good fortune/luck’.