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Wednesday 21st Of October 2020




A Police purge on road safety caught plenty of offenders last Friday (16th).
Various Police teams joined forces in a day of action intended to make Thanet roads safer. At Canterbury Road and Marine Terrace in Margate and the London Road area in Ramsgate, a total of 46 vehicles were stopped. Four uninsured cars were seized, two drivers were arrested for drink or drug-related offences and others will be pursued for speeding or defective vehicles.
Small local breweries have united to fight changes that could ‘kill’ their industry.
Thanet boasts some award-winning small brewers, like Gadds of Ramsgate, the Northdown Brewery and Wantsum of St Nicholas. Draft legislation now proposes a substantial cut in the tax advantages enjoyed by small breweries for many years. Already challenged by Covid-linked losses, the united brewers are calling on local people to support their petition.
The Kent Police Rural Task Force were busy last week.
The County-wide initiative was targeting metal and waste crime. A Margate man was arrested in connection with fly-tipping offences across Thanet and Dover and also on suspicion of disqualified driving. Others were fined for not having waste carriers licences and a vehicle was seized.
Kent County Council will be debating urban road speed limits tomorrow (22nd).
A number of 20-mph schemes have recently been introduced across the county. Now, KCC’s Liberal Democrats have tabled a motion that all future housing estates should include a road safety planning condition for a 20-mph limit throughout the estate.
The Thanet Trees group has hopefully saved another tree.
The group was alerted on Monday, as a tree at Thanet Indoor Bowls Club was heavily cut back, ready for felling yesterday (20th). The Club and Thanet Council were alerted as the tree is in a conservation area. Work was stopped while TDC investigates the situation. Thought to be a Rowan tree, it is the only mature tree on that part of the Cliftonville coastline.




Tuesday 20th Of October 2020




Pupil year bubbles from four Thanet primary schools are isolating following positive Covid tests.
At Ramsgate’s Dame Janet Primary some 129 pupils who have been in contact with two teaching assistants who have tested positive have been asked to stay at home, as well as the staff members themselves. At Ellington Infant School seven staff and 70 children are isolating after a pupil tested positive. A positive test has also been confirmed for a Year 8 child at Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School, and two cases have also resulted in precautionary measures for Years 2 and 6 at Garlinge Primary School.
A gang member has been ordered to pay £486K for his part in the theft of contraband tobacco.
Grzegorz Sikora, formerly of Northdown Rd in Cliftonville, was part of a gang that was sentenced to a combined 14 years in prison for conspiring to steal £250,000 worth of confiscated tobacco from a Sandwich incineration site in April 2019. He is already part way through a sentence of three years and four months. A judge at Canterbury Crown Court told him on Friday that he must now repay the sum within three months or face an additional 12 months in prison.
It’s been a busy week-end for the Margate RNLI and Coastguard teams.
As well as refloating a small boat which had run aground near Beresford Gap in Birchington, the lone occupant of a capsized dinghy was rescued, the boat righted and then towed back to Margate harbour.

A crowdfunder has been launched for the Ramsgate Arts Barge project.


The campaign, launched yesterday, is to help raise money to turn the 130-year-old Dutch barge in Ramsgate harbour into a waterfront community arts hub. The aim is to create an arts and performance space, with theatre, films, exhibitions and workshops.





Monday 19th Of October 2020




Kent Fire and Rescue have attended a Margate roof fire.

Four fire engines attended a property in Gloucester Avenue this morning, and crews wearing breathing apparatus used hose reel jets to extinguish the blaze, before carrying out salvage work to make the scene safe. No casualties were reported, and it’s believed the cause was accidental.



A Thanet dealer has been jailed for possession of Class ‘A’ drugs and a dangerous weapon.

Police found the weapon, a Taser disguised as a torch, along with a large quantity of drugs when they searched a flat in Athelstan Road in October 2018. Cash, a dealers list and scales were also seized. Alan Stuart was arrested and later admitted possession of a disguised firearm. He was found guilty at Canterbury Crown Court of possession of cocaine, MDMA and cannabis with intent to supply, and was jailed for four years.



A woman has been taken to hospital after a serious assault in Westgate.


Police were called in the early hours of Saturday morning to a property in Beach Rise. It is alleged that there was an altercation involving a group of people during which a woman was assaulted in a communal doorway, and suffered facial injuries. Police are now seeking witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage who may be able to assist the investigation.



Lorry drivers heading for Europe could be fined £300 if they do not have a Kent travel pass.


The tough enforcement measure has been laid down by the government. The aim is to reduce congestion between the UK and French borders after Brexit from hauliers not having the right documents at the Channel Tunnel. Drivers are to be held personally responsible if the new laws are not adhered to. Government officials say that possession of a permit should allow drivers to head straight to the ports without joining the back of queues on the M20.



Margate Festival is to receive £89,000 in round two of the government’s Culture Recovery Fund grants.

The money is to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to create a sustainable future. Also to benefit from the scheme will be the Tom Thumb Theatre with an award of £55,000, and Inspiration Creative CIC with just over £50,000.





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