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Local News Monday 2nd December 

A man who murdered his six-week-old child in Broadstairs has been jailed for life
Lee Vernon inflicted fatal head injuries on his son, McKenzie Ellis, who died at a London Hospital in July 2018. Vernon, aged 21 and of no fixed address, was found guilty of murder and two counts of grievous bodily harm, following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court in October. He was sentenced at the same court last Friday and will serve a minimum term of 16 years.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a woman in Margate
Kent Police said the incident happened in the Poet’s Corner area shortly after 2am yesterday morning. Detectives attended the scene, where they put a cordon in place. The arrested man remains in police custody while investigations continue.
Kent Fire and Rescue have tackled an industrial storage fire in Minster
Firefighters arrived in Monkton Rd yesterday after a plume of smoke was seen issuing from the container which is said to have contained waste materials. Nearby residents were advised to close their windows and doors as a precaution. There are no reports of any injuries and the cause of the fire has not yet been established.
An appeal for information has been issued after the theft of two motorcycles in Ramsgate
The first, a blue Yamaha YZF-R125, was taken from a car park in College Rd at around 9.20am on Monday 25th November. The second, an orange KTM Duke bike, was stolen from a property in Station Approach Rd the following day, and has now been recovered. Officers are working to establish whether the two thefts are linked. 
Festive drinkers in Ramsgate and Margate are being urged to look after their friends to prevent drink related drownings
As part of the Royal Life Saving Society’s ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ campaign, local organisations have joined together to ask the town’s revellers to stick together during their festivities and not to let any of their friends walk home alone.
Local News Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Two Ramsgate men have been charged with a burglary in Minster and will appear in court next month.  The Police arrested two men during the afternoon of Wednesday, November 27th while on patrol in Minster. James Line, of St Mildreds Road and Richard Line, of Hereson Road in Ramsgate have both been charged with burgling a property in Tothill Street, Minster.


Thanet council has activated its Severe Weather Emergency protocol due to overnight temperatures of below zero forecast for the next three nights. The action is triggered when the night time temperature is predicted to be zero degrees Celsius or below for three consecutive nights. When the protocol is triggered, the council provide emergency accommodation for any person sleeping rough in the district so that it can prevent unnecessary deaths during the cold snap.


The Police have released CCTV images of two men they’d like to speak to, following a serious assault in Cliftonville. The police are appealing for information after a man was hit in the face with a bottle at just before on November 23 in Northdown Road. Investigating officers believe the two men may have important information that can help them establish the full circumstances of the incident.


The winner of the 2019 Turner Prize will be announced today during a glittering awards ceremony at Dreamland in Margate. The winner will be announced live on BBC News at Ten to an audience of ten million people in a televised ceremony held in Hall-by-the-Sea. The event will have some 500 guests.




Local News Wednesday 4th December 2019 

Two Thanet teenagers are among those charged after a very serious assault.
Young German resident Daniel Ezzedine had been on a graduation break when he was assaulted in Canterbury city centre last June. He was in a London hospital for several months, initially in an induced coma in intensive care, and had to undergo major operations. He flew home in September but is not yet fully recovered. The CPS yesterday (3rd) authorised charges of grievous bodily harm with intent and violent disorder against 10 teenagers, including boys from Birchington and Margate. All will appear at Margate Magistrates Court on January 16.
The proposed Thanet Parkway Railway Station is to be reviewed again.
On Monday (2nd), Cabinet members at Kent County Council agreed to a survey of residents to gauge opinion on the proposed station, when they deferred a decision on funding the project until later in January. Estimated costs have risen from £11 million to over £34 million and a business case will have to be made for a major funding agency to review.
High Court actions have begun regarding provision of local stroke units.
The decision made by a Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups’ was for three hyper-acute stroke units in Kent, at Dartford, Maidstone and Ashford, meaning that Margate’s QEQM will lose its unit. Two judicial reviews opened yesterday (3rd), with the same judge hearing cases put by Save Our NHS in Thanet and Thanet Stroke Campaign. The case is due to end on Thursday afternoon.
Margate’s Main Sands area has enjoyed a clean-up.
Thanet Council has moved sand to prevent access to under the walkway on Margate Main Sands. This is as a result of anti-social behaviour reports, which included drug paraphernalia being left on the beach. Rough sleepers have access to winter shelters until the end of March and the area would have been dangerous through high tides and winter storms.
Extinction Rebellion demonstrated in Margate last night.
Climate campaigners from XR Thanet, complete with a huge pink octopus, gathered outside Dreamland to stage a Civil DISCObedience Flashmob. With musical background, the peaceful demonstration moved between Dreamland and Turner Contemporary.
There were no losers when the Turner Prize was announced last night (3rd).
The four shortlisted artists – Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani – had not met before coming to Margate to set up their exhibitions a couple of months ago. They soon realised they had shared values and perspectives and decided later to form a collective. The judges recognised this commitment by awarding the Prize (and its £40,000) to all four, collectively. Their work is on show at Turner Contemporary until January 12.
Local News Thursday December 5th 2019

A Broadstairs man has been found safe after losing contact during the Philippines typhoon 
Harry Jackson was speaking to his mother on Tuesday morning saying that the house where he was staying had been badly damaged, trees were down, and that the nearby river was about to burst its banks, when the call was cut off. After an anxious 24 hour wait, his mother Sara Ransom received another call from Harry, who said that he had survived with some injuries, but had lost the house and all his belongings. At least four people are known to have died during the typhoon.

Police are appealing for witnesses after an accident on the A299
A grey Renault Scenic and a lorry were involved in the collision on the Hengist Way between the Cliffsend roundabout and Minster at around 8.15am on Thursday, November 28. All three occupants of the car were injured and taken to hospital. The driver of the lorry, a 56-year-old man from Canterbury, was arrested and has since been released pending further enquiries. Anyone with dashcam footage or any information is asked to call Kent Police.

The man arrested after a reported rape in Margate has been released
Part of Poets Corner was taped off while investigations took place. However, no evidence of an offence taking place has been established. The arrested man has since been released without charge. An elderly man has been robbed of cash in a distraction burglary 

The resident of Foxhunter Park in Monkton called the police yesterday morning after two men knocked on his door and offered to carry out maintenance work. They entered the property and stole cash before leaving. Kent police are appealing for any information.


The Cliftonville Christmas lights switch-on is taking place this evening
Centred around St Paul’s church, and with the Mayor and Mayoress of Margate in attendance, there will be children’s entertainment, Christmas carols, and free mince pies! The big moment will be at 5.30, when after the traditional countdown, the tree will be lit up.