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Local news Tuesday July 16 2019



Thieves have targeted the Co-op in St Peter’s in an apparent ram-raid.
The shop is currently closed and was taped off by police yesterday. Cigarettes were taken during the break-in, which took place at around 2.20am. It was also targeted in February when a JCB digger was used to remove the cash machine. Thieves also broke into Kingsgate Newsagents in George Hill Road, where the till and cigarettes were stolen, and Ploughman’s Choice in Birchington, which had its door smashed and money stolen at 1.40am. Kent Police are now appealing for witnesses to the break-ins.
 
 
A school is due to take removal action against a group of travellers.
Chatham and Clarendon House School in Ramsgate has confirmed that police and bailiffs are expected to remove the Travellers from a field it owns in Newington. Action is expected this week with notice being served on Wednesday, and if necessary, removal action taking place on Thursday, after the group broke into the site at the rear of Newington primary without permission on July 7.
 
 
The fire service attended a beach hut blaze on Sunday.
They were called to the fire near the Royal Esplanade in Westbrook just before midnight.
The fire is believed to have been started accidentally from a disposable barbecue. Following the incident, crews are reminding the public never to leave barbecues unattended and to ensure that they have been fully extinguished after use.
 
 
Witnesses are being sought following a report of an assault in Cliftonville.
The incident involving two men took place at around 5pm on Sunday in Northdown Road near the junction with Dane Hill. Both men suffered injuries and were taken to local hospitals for treatment, and the area was taped off following the incident. A 32-year-old man and a 46-year-old man, both from Margate, were arrested on suspicion of assault and currently remain in custody while officers work to establish the circumstances of the altercation.
 
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Local News Monday 15 July 2019 
 
 
Thanet Councillors unanimously backed a climate motion last week.
Last Thursday’s (11th) full meeting of Thanet District Council voted to declare a climate emergency and pledged to do what is within TDC powers and resources to make Thanet carbon neutral by 2030. Government will be pressed and funding sought to achieve this aim. The motion coincided with a lively protest outside the council offices by the Thanet Trees group and Extinction Rebellion.
 
A car crash caused the A28 to be closed yesterday.
All three emergency services attended, following a crash on the A28 Canterbury Road at Brooksend yesterday afternoon. A single car had crashed into some small trees and the young male driver got out of the car before it burst into flames. The road had to be closed in both directions and thankfully no injuries were reported.
 
 
A lying policeman has been sacked without notice.
PC Michael Tovell, with 15 years’ service, had reported that he was attacked with a baseball bat at St Laurence Church in Ramsgate in 2018. Last month, he was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and is awaiting sentence. Last Friday (12th), Kent’s Chief Constable and others found him guilty of gross misconduct and he was immediately dismissed.
 
 
A Ramsgate man has been charged regarding a spate of distraction burglaries.
Alex Steine of Southwood Road was charged last Thursday (11th) with three counts of burglary. The previous day, at three different properties in Broadstairs and Margate, a man asked for a jug of water because his car had broken down. Items were then stolen. Mr Steine will appear at Canterbury Crown Court on August 12th.
 
 
Two more weekend fires at Invicta House brought the total to 5 in a week.
The height of the Millmead Road block means that four fire appliances have to attend every time there is a fire report. There were two fires on Saturday (13th), one at 4 pm and the other late at night. Fires in the rubbish chutes and bins tend to cause real smoke problems throughout the block.
 
 
East Kent Housing’s contract will be discussed by the Council later this month.
EKH manages social housing across Thanet and beyond, but a number of issues have been raised regarding gas safety certificates, electrical certification, lifts, fire safety and legionella testing. Thanet Council’s Cabinet will discuss the issues on July 25th.
 
 
There is an appeal for people to attend a war hero’s funeral.
101-year-old Charles Saunders died in his sleep at Maurice House on July 7th. He enlisted in the Welsh Guards in December 1939, was caught by Germans in France the next year, then spent over 4 years in a Polish prisoner of war camp. In his 80’s he played with The Broadstairs and St Peter’s Concert Band. He has no surviving family and his friends are asking people to attend his funeral Tuesday, July 23 at 10am at St Andrews Church, Reading Street, Broadstairs, to honour a man who fought and suffered for our freedom.