Thanet News, Thursday 28 May 2020
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.
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.
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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