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Thanet News, Friday 29 May 2020
 
 
An inquest into the death of a teenage boy who died after falling from a height at Ramsgate seafront will be held in September.
 
Samuel Alban-Stanley, 13, was taken to King’s College Hospital in London with life-threatening injuries after emergency services were called to a welfare concern report at Marina Road on April 22nd.There they found the boy suffering injuries consistent with a fall from a height. He died in hospital on April 26 from his injuries. The inquest, which was adjourned after an opening hearing on May 14, will be resumed in Maidstone on September 9,
 
 
A police chase through the Newington estate ended when the culprit dumped the car and ran off.
 
Police requested the driver of the vehicle to stop in Newington Road at about 3.20pm on Wednesday after officers suspected the vehicle was not insured. The driver made off from patrols and the car was later found abandoned in Ramsgate Road, after a pursuit through the estate. No arrests were made.
 
 
The Council is to open all beach public toilets this weekend
 
The decision follows the easing of travel restrictions which resulted in an influx of visitors to isle beaches and bays and complaints of public areas awash with urine and human waste. However, a warning has been issued that the facilities will be closed if staff cleaning the sites encounter abusive behaviour.
From Saturday beach toilets will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm daily, including disabled facilities.
 
 
Emergency services were called to St Lawrence High Street, Ramsgate, on Wednesday after reports that two people were unconscious.
 
Police and paramedics attended the scene, at the bus stop outside Ellington Infant School. A woman was taken to the QEQM hospital in a suspected drug-related incident.
 
 
A Margate art school has been awarded £35,000 from the Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund.
 
The funding will allow The Margate School, based in the former Woolworths in the High Street, to pay local artists who have lost work opportunities because of the Covid-19 crisis. The Margate School is now looking to recruit six local artists to research and curate three different projects online.

 

 

Thanet News, Thursday 28 May 2020

 
A failed robber who racially abused and assaulted a Ramsgate shopkeeper has been jailed
 
Sam Kuypers forced his way behind a shop counter in Addington Street in February, but left after he found he was unable to open the till. The shopkeeper then confronted him outside, where he was racially abused as well as receiving facial injuries from a bottle. Kuypers, of no fixed address, admitted robbery, racially aggravated assault and occasioning actual bodily harm, and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court to four years in prison.
 
Tourism in Kent could lose up to 80% of its annual income this year
 
Around 65 million people visit Kent each year, contributing nearly £4billion to the local economy and supporting one in 10 jobs. Over 90% of Kent’s tourism businesses are currently closed, including pubs and hotels, as the industry enters its peak season. However, Visit Kent’s chief executive officer says domestic tourism could quickly rebound and ‘staycations’ could be rediscovered if Covid-19 infection rates remain low and the phased exit from restrictions takes place.
 
A public inquiry into care home deaths attributed to coronavirus has been called for
 
Margate and Cliftonville county councillor Barry Lewis is questioning the decision not to shield older people from Covid-19 sooner, and the lack of personal protective equipment for care home staff. The call comes after 17 deaths at residential home Grosvenor Court in Cliftonville.
 
 
The Royal Victoria Pavilion in Ramsgate is planning to re-open
 
The government has indicated when businesses can re-open, with non-essential retail expected to welcome customers from June 15. However, pubs may be the last to open because of the possible higher risk of transmission. Wetherspoon will provide employees with gloves, masks and protective eyewear, and extra staff will ensure that customers comply with social distancing regulations.

 

 

Thanet News, Wednesday 27 May 2020

 

Thanet’s retail businesses are getting ready to reopen.

The Government has provided £50 million for English Councils to prepare for the safe reopening of high streets and other retail spaces. Thanet’s share is £126,000. Outdoor markets and car showrooms reopen next Monday (1st June) and non-essential retail on June 15th. The grant may be spent on marketing changes, signs and barriers. Hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality sector, remain closed, because the risk of transmission is higher.

 

A man was found dead in his Ramsgate flat yesterday.

Police, ambulance and forensics officers attended at a flat in Ramsgate’s Stirling Way at 12.20 pm yesterday (26th). A man in his 60’s was found dead and the circumstances are not being treated as suspicious.

 

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Broadstairs Bank Holiday brawl.

On Bank Holiday Monday (25th), two groups of people on the busy beach at Viking Bay started fighting at about 4 pm. Frightened families watched the violence erupt and continue for some time. The Police moved the groups on but would now appreciate any helpful information from the onlookers.

 

Ramsgate Town Council needs central funding to keep the food banks going.

It apparently costs £10,000 a month for them to remain a central hub and distribution network for a number of food banks across Thanet. The demand is growing, but they are concerned that they may not be able to keep the service running for much longer. The Council has now asked central government for further financial help.

 

Children at a Margate Nursery have been thrilled by surprise virtual visitors.

The Millmead Children’s Centre and Meadows Nursery has been using its Facebook page to keep in touch with the families they serve. Their Administrator contacted some celebrities and everyone has been delighted to watch the entertaining and reassuring videos posted by David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Nick Knowles.

 
 
Thanet News - Tuesday 26th May 2020
 
 

A man has been arrested after concerned residents reported seeing a man with a knife in Cliftonville on Saturday evening. 

During the incident two women, unknown to the man, are believed to have been assaulted and a number of cars were also damaged. A knife was seized and a man in his 20s from Margate was arrested on suspicion of affray, he has since been further arrested on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and threats to kill.

 

A 22-year-old man from Ramsgate has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of cannabis after a three-car crash on the M2. 

The collision happened shortly before midday on Monday , on a stretch of the coastbound carriageway just after Junction 5. No serious injuries were reported, and the scene was cleared by around 2pm.

 

The hot Bank Holiday weather has attracted crowds to Thanet with Margate Main Sands packed and police being called to parking mayhem in Broadstairs. 

Residents in Percy Avenue say they had to patrol the road as visitors blocked driveways as they tried to find parking spaces so they could visit Botany Bay. Residents in Kingsgate Avenue have made similar complaints.  The relaxation of curbs on public life means that there are no travel restrictions and people are now allowed to be outdside for as long as they like.

 

A Fire crew was called to the aid of trapped seagull in Cliftonville on Sunday evening.

A fire crew was called to reports of the seagull trapped in a telephone cable above Edgar Road at around 5:40pm. Crews used a height vehicle and small tools to rescue the bird, before passing it into the care of Kent Wildlife Rescue Service.

 

 

Thanet News Monday 25th May 2020
 
 

Two Thanet councillors are challenging the government’s June 1 back-to-school date

Candy Gregory and Pauline Farrance believe that the date set by the government to take back reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils poses an unnecessary risk to teachers, pupils and the wider community. They both support the reservations expressed by the National Education Union and the British Medical Association about the proposed increase in pupil numbers.

 

Three people have been arrested in Broadstairs on suspicion of dealing crack cocaine

Two men and a woman are in custody following a police raid. Kent Police executed a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at an address in Dundonald Road at around 6.30pm on Friday. Officers seized quantities of suspected crack cocaine, as well as drugs paraphernalia and five mobile phones.The three were arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply, and remain in custody.

 

Police have tasered a man in Cliftonville while investigating an incident

Lower Northdown Avenue was closed off at both ends on Saturday night after reports of a man damaging vehicles outside Leona Court. A witness has stated that he also attacked two women passers-by and was armed with a knife, and that police only managed to restrain him after firing two taser shots.

 

Extra bins and cleaning teams have been laid on for today’s bank holiday

The authority is asking people to either bin their litter or take it home with them following mess, including human waste, left behind on beaches after the hot weather last week. The council is not asking people to stay away, and has now opened public toilets at four beaches - Ramsgate, Margate, Joss Bay and Viking Bay - following the relaxation of ‘lockdown’ rules earlier this month.

 

Just two Thanet beaches will have lifeguard patrols this summer

They will be covering Viking Bay from May 30, and Margate from June 20, dependent on the arrival of personal protective equipment. Thanet’s other beaches will remain without cover under the current arrangements. Lifeguards who would usually be patrolling beaches across the county this summer said they would be forced to find work elsewhere because they were not eligible for furlough payments.

 
 
 

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