Eight arrests have been made in Thanet after a crackdown on knife crime.
The arrests have been made as part of Operation Sceptre, a national campaign which ran from March 11 - 17. Weapons including knives, blades, a chainsaw and a baseball bat have been seized, as well as class ‘A’ drugs believed to be heroin and cocaine. Following the success of the campaign, Kent Police will be continuing a high level of enforcement action against anyone carrying weapons or dealing drugs.
A cyclist has been injured after a collision with a car in Margate.
The secondary school student had been cycling with a friend along Ramsgate Rd towards Margate when the incident occurred at about 7.10pm on Tuesday 12 March. He was then treated in hospital for foot injuries. Officers now wish to speak to the driver of the car, a yellow Mini Cooper with a black roof and white stripes. Anyone with any information should contact Kent Police.
A showman’s Romany wagons have been destroyed during Storm Gareth.
David Sanger, who is believed to operate the UK’s only horse-drawn travelling show, is trying to save his business after a freak gust of wind overturned his house wagon and severely damaged another vehicle. He is now seeking to raise funds to repair the damage to enable him to honour his bookings for carnivals and shows across Kent in the summer.
A Margate resident has celebrated her 102nd birthday.
Joan Imms was born during the first World War when George V was on the throne, and David Lloyd George was Prime Minister of the coalition government. After nearly 100 years of independence she now lives in a residential home, who laid on a huge buffet, music and entertainment to celebrate the special day with her many friends and family.
LOCAL NEWS 20th MARCH 2019
Lorry park building works are continuing at the Manston Airport Site. The site is being prepared hold up to 6000 lorries instead of the original 4000. It was supposed to be ready to use on the 29th March, the day of Brexit. An extra £4.9 million pounds out of the original £28.81 million-pound grant from the Department of Transport is to be used for Operation Brock, the updated version of the lorry queueing system, Operation Stack. It is an enormous undertaking during which a number of main roads through Thanet and down to Dover, will need new lining, signing, strengthening and resurfacing. An extension to the completion date will be sort.
This Friday, March 22nd, will see the campaign group Save Our NHS in Kent, holding protests. At the same time, Kent’s Health Overview Scrutiny Committee will be voting to refer the Kent and Medway stroke plans back to the Health Secretary. Medway Council last week voted to refer. The hyper acute unit at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford is due to open in 2021. If the plans are voted back to the Health Secretary, there may then be a full review. SONIK propose that four acute stroke units are needed instead of just three.
Tesco Extra Supermarket at Westwood is ready to resume business. Customers will have been able to commence shopping from 6am today. It has been 10 days since the store was evacuated and closed due to high winds and damage. The canopy attached to the front of the outside of the store had been ripped off and consequently caused damage to the main roof. Despite the incomplete repairs, the store manager is confident the store is safe to reopen while workmen continue to repair the roof without impacting the customers.
LOCAL NEWS 19th March 2019
It has been announced that Thanet is to receive nearly £25,000 from Central Government to help clean up high streets across the isle. The money will be used to buy tools such as litter pickers and brushes and to provide training for volunteers on how to remove graffiti or tackle fly-tipping. The aim of the funding is to improve the quality of high streets, in a bid to attract more residents and visitors to the benefit of local businesses.
Witnesses and information are being sought by Kent Police in relation to an early-morning sexual assault in Ramsgate. The assault occurred between 2 and 2.30am on Sunday March 3rd. A woman, who was walking alone, downBoundary Road, Ramsgate, was approached by a man who touched her over her clothing. The victim managed to run away and was not followed. The suspect is described as a white man with dark hair, wearing a dark coloured tracksuit.
Kent Police’s Wildlife Crime Unit are to investigate complaints of tree felling in Margate. It is believed that some 40 trees were felled from woodland at the end of Tivoli Park Avenue. The area which was previously a community garden has become overgrown, creating an environment rich in wildlife. Felling trees while there are birds nesting without checking first is an offence.
Fears have been raised that Droit House Visitor Information Centre may be closed as a result of council cuts. Thanet District Council is planning cuts across a number of departments, including tourism and operational services in an attempt to make £250,000 in organisational efficiencies.
LOCAL NEWS 18th March 2019
A Councillor has been suspended over Islamophobic posts on social media. County Councillor Paul Messenger was suspended from the Conservative Party pending an investigation over the posts, said to have been made between 2013 and 14. After initially denying that he was the author, he has now admitted it and issued a full apology. The investigation means he is no longer eligible to stand in the May local elections for the party.
Six fire crews were sent to the scene of a blaze in Birchington afternoon. Kent Fire and Rescue Services were called at just 4.00pm to the fire at a home on a farm in Woodchurch Road. It took four hours to fully extinguish the fire leaving a single storey building with extensive damage and the roof completely destroyed.
The Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered a head in an assault in Ramsgate. A 20-year-old man suffered injuries to his head and face after he was pushed by a stranger and it his head on the floor. The assault happened near the Pier Yard car park on Harbour Parade at around 3am on Friday. The victim was taken to hospital but his injuries are not believed to be serious.
A road safety campaign is being launched in Thanet in response to the country’s most high risk ‘A road’. The A254 Ramsgate and Margate Road was named in a report as the most "persistently highest risk A road” in the country. Kent County Council is launching a safety campaign which starts today, the campaign will include an isle-wide safety leaflet drop and special awareness signs erected along the most dangerous stretch of the road.