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Friday 25th Of September 2020




A Thanet-based police officer has been sacked from Kent Police after admitting to smoking cannabis every day.


 PC Justin Carter, who had been in the county's force for 17 years, was found to have the drug at his home after a search by officers. The search had been prompted by his refusal take a drugs test. Carter was dismissed without notice for gross misconduct and his actions condemned for exposing both members of the public and his colleagues to potential risk due to his habit.



Thanet council has agreed to write-off an outstanding loan for £278,000 owed by East Kent Housing.


 The decision, which was approved by Thanet council leader Rick Everitt, was deemed urgent in order to allow East Kent Housing to be wound up so that housing services can be transferred back to the local authority.



Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Economic Crime Unit are appealing for information to find a man with links to Margate who has been charged with money laundering offences.


 Following an intelligence-led operation, James Case aged 31, was charged with two money laundering offences which occurred in 2017. A warrant was issued for his arrest after his failure to attend a Crown Court hearing.



A Margate school has stepped in to help meet a shortfall in special needs places in Thanet.


 Holy Trinity and St John’s Church of England Primary School will provide 16 new spaces for children with autism from June 2021. This comes alongside plans to expand specialist provision at a secondary school in 2023. The St John’s Road school has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and will become the first to provide specialist provision in a mainstream setting in the district.




Thursday 24th Of September 2020




Pfizer in Sandwich has announced a potential vaccine and a treatment for Covid that could be made available in tablet form.


Dr Berkley Phillips the Medical Director at Pfizer described how trials of the new vaccine have progressed to Phase 3 with nearly 30,000 people recruited worldwide. Another drug designed to treat Covid patients in hospital is currently being trialled by the company in America. It is hoped that a tablet form of the drug could eventually be made for use in the wider community to help reduce the number of people requiring hospital treatment.



Seaborne Freight the ferry company without any ferries has gone into voluntary liquidation owing almost £2 million.


In December 2018 the company was awarded a government contract worth £13.8 million to provide additional ferry capacity to UK ports in the event of a no deal Brexit, despite having no ferries and no track record. The company had begun negotiations to run a ferry between Ramsgate and Ostend however the service failed to materialise.



A school in Minster is being held hostage by a renegade seagull which has attacked children and left members of staff with facial injuries.


The head teacher of Minster Church of England Primary School admits to feeling helpless as the only advice they've been given is to carry an umbrella to ward off attacks.



It is ten years since the Swedish energy company Vattenfall erected 100 wind turbines off the coast of Thanet.


The project, based 12km from Foreness Point, took more than two years to build at a cost of £780 million. On its first day of operation, the Thanet Offshore wind farm was set to boost the UK's renewable energy generation by a third, the 100 turbines have a total capacity of 300 megawatts.




Wednesday 23rd Of September 2020




Ramsgate RNLI rescued two yachts within 12 hours.
The first, after 5 pm on Monday (21st), involved the inshore lifeboat attending to a yacht with engine problems anchored off Stone Bay. The vessel was towed safely into Ramsgate Harbour. Then, after 5 am the next morning (22nd), the All-Weather Lifeboat attended a lone yachtsman whose boat had struck a cargo vessel head-on. Luckily the wooden construction absorbed the impact and the yacht was escorted into Ramsgate.
An overheated Segway battery caused a Margate house fire.
All the occupants were safely outside when three fire engines attended the house in Selborne Road after a call-out at 3.30 on Saturday morning (19th). The fire was contained to a bedroom in which a Segway battery, left to charge overnight, had overheated and caught fire. KFRS have warned people to avoid charging batteries overnight or when left unattended.
Barriers have now been installed at the Margate Harbour Slipway.
Thanet Council says the new barriers are to prevent unauthorised access and irresponsible parking blocking the area. The slipway is used by the RNLI to launch lifeboats. Recent problems have included danger to swimmers from unauthorised launching of jet skis and vehicles driving onto the sand, getting stuck then being covered by the incoming tide.
There are four designated parts of the Thanet coastline where water bikes are allowed to launch, including sites in Margate and Ramsgate. Full details can be found on the Thanet Council website.
Broadstairs racing driver Michael Crees won a trophy at Thruxton last weekend.
Michael’s team, BTC Racing, had a successful weekend on the UK’s fastest circuit, all performing well in their Honda Civic Type-R cars. But it was Michael who earned the silverware, gaining the Jack Sears Trophy cementing a comfortable lead over his rivals. Next weekend they race at Silverstone, in the sixth meeting of this year’s British Touring Car Championship.




Tuesday 22nd Of September 2020




A motorist who ran over her partner in Margate has been jailed.


Kimberly Lawson, of Vicarage Place, Margate, appeared before Canterbury Crown Court where she pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving. On Sunday, August 24, 2019, Lawson had been out with her partner in Margate when the pair got into an argument. At around 3am Lawson got into her Peugeot and drove at her partner causing him life-threatening injuries which required him to be air-lifted to a London hospital. Lawson was jailed for one year and disqualified from driving for three years and six months.



Kent Police are appealing for information after a man in his 50s was assaulted in Ramsgate.


The incident occurred between 10am and 11.30am on 6 September in an alleyway between Rydal Avenue and Canterbury Road East. It is reported that two men approached the victim from behind and then attacked him as he moved to one side to let them pass. The victim was taken to hospital with a cut to his chest and was later discharged.



A popular tattoo artist who was electrocuted after falling on a live railway line has tragically died in hospital.


Joshua Dockerty, who was in his 20s, died in hospital on Friday, as a result of the incident at Ramsgate  Railway station which happened last Monday.



Kent County Council has announced that children’s centres, libraries, registrations and archives and community learning services that have not yet been reopened will remain closed for the rest of the year in a bid to save money.


The pandemic has so far cost the council around £96.3 million, although much of this has been offset by central government grants and savings on activities that could not go ahead, the council still needs to save £12.8 million to balance its budget.



Monday 21st Of September 2020




Twenty-five students and five staff at Royal Harbour Academy in Ramsgate are self isolating as a precautionary measure after a Year 7 pupil tested positive for Covid-19.
A letter to parents says the school is continuing to monitor the situation and is working closely with Public Health England, and adds that all other students and staff are able to continue to attend school as normal. Students are asked to follow covid guidelines around hand cleaning and social distancing and not to come into school if they have symptoms of the virus. There have been 955 positive Covid tests in Thanet to date.

Kent County Council is asking people not to contact them after being deluged with emails about new ‘temporary’ road schemes in areas including Broadstairs and Westgate.
The authority installed the traffic measures this week with the Broadstairs scheme due to go live from September 25. It includes a bus gate in Albion Street between the junctions of Alexandra Road and Harbour Street, which bans all vehicles from that section of road apart from buses on local services, pedal bikes and licensed taxis.
Kent County Council says the work is being done to help achieve social-distancing to promote economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic. A one-way system has also been put in place in Westgate and 20mph zones installed in Margate.
Kent Events has cancelled this year’s Quex Park bonfire and fireworks event – moving it to November 6, 2021.
In a message to customers the firm says the 2021 event at Quex Park will retain the Queen theme to mark what would have been singer Freddie Mercury’s 75th birthday. Quex Park has also cancelled the Quextreme scare maze event.

A music video celebrating Newington Community Primary School and the community’s togetherness is being created by children and staff.
Boys and girls are currently learning the lyrics to the catchy Team Newington tune and will be filmed singing their parts and even adding some fun percussion with basic drumming including rhythmic banging on their desks.
The vocals will be recorded in sections due to social distancing measures within the school and will be layered into a final mix of the song in the coming weeks.



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