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LOCAL NEWS 21st May 2019


Police officers and ambulance staff were called to Ramsgate after a man fell over the cliff edge yesterday afternoon.

Officers were called to the area near Victoria Parade just after 12.20 pm on Monday. South East Coast Ambulance services have not released any details about the patient.


The South Thanet Labour candidate, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, has won her fight to be cleared of alleged anti-Semitism.

Dr Gordon-Nesbitt from Ramsgate, was rejected as a parliamentary candidate by Labour's National Executive Committee, after she posted on Twitter appearing to defend a colleague accused of anti-Semitism. She is now seeking re-selection as the Labour candidate for South Thanet.


A Ramsgate man has been arrested for allegedly filming up the skirts of teenage girls at two stores in Canterbury.

The 21-year-old was taken into custody following reports that a man had been behaving inappropriately with a mobile phone at Tesco and Primark. On both occasions it is alleged that the girls were victims of 'upskirting', whereby a device is used to film a victim's underwear from below. The suspect has been released under investigation.


The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Thanet has fallen slightly. 

The latest figures show that in April 2018 there were 4,390 claimants compared with 4,345 claimants for the same period this year, a reduction of 45. This bucks the trend for the rest of the County where the number of claims for unemployment benefit has risen by almost 700.

Local News 20th May 2019

A mental health supported-living property is closing down.
Alternative accommodation now has to be found for the 9 residents of the property in Nelson Crescent, Ramsgate, following a change of contract with KCC. The property, owned and run by Sanctuary Housing, will in future be used to support homeless 16- and 17-year olds, care leavers and children in care. Sanctuary and Porchlight are working with other agencies to find new homes for the displaced residents.
The status of the Manston lorry park has been downgraded.
Following the extension of the Brexit deadline, the Government has been scaling-down its possible ‘No Deal’ arrangements. Marshals were relieved of duty as from last Friday (May 17) and clearance is now expected to take place. The Department for Transport say that the Manston site could still be operational within hours if needed.
A suspected armed robber will face the Crown Court.
Wayne Cannon, of no fixed address, was charged last Wednesday (May 15) with two counts of robbery and two counts of possessing a knife in a public place. The charges were linked to robberies in Westgate and Margate the previous week. As part of the Kent Police campaign against knife crime, the case will be heard at Canterbury Crown Court on June 13.
Thanet’s fortunes are picking up, but there is a long way to go.
The UK Competitiveness Index, compiled by Nottingham and Cardiff universities every 3 years, considers a range of economic measures. The latest results show that Thanet has risen from position 370 to 357 of 377 local authorities. Increased tourism, creative industries and the Turner Prize awards later this year will help, although a number of locals are critical of Thanet Council’s reductions of tourism support services.
St Augustine’s Week will be really special in Ramsgate this year.
The pipe organ at St Augustine’s Church and Shrine has just been restored, with a new console in keeping with the neo-gothic architecture of the church by Augustus Pugin. A special ceremony, including a recital by international concert organist Neil Wright, will start at 6.30 next Saturday (May 25).