Local News 16th October 2018
The trial of South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay is due to begin.
Jurors for the trial at Southwark Crown Court are to be selected and sworn in today. Mr Mackinlay, former election agent Nathan Gray, and party activist Marion Little were each charged with offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983 in relation to expense declarations during the General Election. The case is expected to last for several weeks. All three deny the charges.
Two men have been arrested over the reported assault and robbery of a man in Cliftonville. The victim, a man in his 30s, was walking his dog at about 8.30pm on Monday 8 October when he was attacked, suffering head injuries which required hospital attention. He also had his phone and bank card stolen. On Saturday 13 October a 40-year-old man from Margate and an 18-year-old man from Ramsgate were arrested on suspicion of robbery. Both have since been released pending further enquiries.
The public have been barred from a Thanet council meeting. The meeting last night was to vote on declaring the Margate Central ward vacant after the disputed disqualification of ward councillor Ian Venables. The vote was due to have taken place last Thursday, but angry protest from the public gallery forced council chairman Cllr David Saunders to adjourn the meeting until yesterday evening. The decision was made for the meeting to be closed, meaning the public were not be allowed to attend. Mr Venables was disqualified from his councillor role after starting to work with new homelessness team RISE.
In the draw made yesterday afternoon, Margate have been handed a home tie against Potters Bar Town FC in the first qualifying round of the Buildbase FA Trophy. Ramsgate meanwhile will need to beat Phoenix Sport at Southwood tonight to progress. If they win that they will be away at AFC Hornchurch in the next round. Both games will be played on Saturday 27th October, kick off 3pm