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Corrections and clarifications

In last week’s Gazette we ran a story on Hillary Barrows, who had been forced to live in her car with her dogs because the council’s emergency accommodation does not accept pets. We would like to clarify that since arriving in the UK she has had one part-time job, not “some”, as reported. The Dogs Trust paid for her dogs’ …

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Great work to keep cemetery tidy

I would like to thank the men who keep the Canterbury cemetery in order. I visit a grave at least once a month. Up until this week it has been a difficult task owing to the grave so close to the one 1 visit being overgrown and making it hopeless to keep mine tidy. The pine tree was so close, …

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• Thank you for publishing Gale’s View last week, which told us so much about Sir Roger Gale’s failure as an MP to stand up for the people he represents. The Conservatives got into power five years ago on a promise to cut immigration. Sir Roger’s campaign literature made that promise. Immigration is now higher than it was when the …

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Problem of a lack of respect for justice

The fact Calvin Saward took to Facebook to show the world his tag shows just how little shame many people convicted in our courts have for justice. As the Gazette reports this week, Saward grabbed a knife and headed into the street to confront a baying mob – only to be held back by his father, an action which stopped …

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Call for awareness of toads on roads

Conservationists took to the streets to highlight the plight of toads at the start of breeding season. Thousands of the amphibians are coming out of hibernation and heading to ponds to mate. For many, their trek takes them across some of the district’s busiest roads. Members of the Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group dressed in costume in Canterbury city centre …

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£500k makeover starts on Mile

Work has started on the King’s Mile upgrade in Canterbury. City council contractors have already started digging the road up where The Borough meets Palace Street as part of a £500,000 project, paid for with public money and contributions from developers. The extended King’s Mite will include widened paths, coloured road surfaces and new planters, seating and lighting, all aimed …

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Addict found dead in her flat after taking methadone

Woman, 47, discovered under pile of clothing A drug addict and alcoholic was found dead at her home under a pile of clothing after taking the heroin substitute methadone. The body of Lorraine Taylor, who lived for many years in Herne Bay, was discovered by police at a flat on Canterbury’s Hales Place Estate on April 28. An inquest heard …

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Tale of generosity as Chaucer statue gets valuable help

Celebrities pay £5,000 to appear as characters Plans for a life-size bronze statue of Geoffrey Chaucer have reached a pivotal point with the allocation of the two remaining characters to feature on its plinth. Local personalities have paid or been sponsored £5,000 to appear on the statue in the city centre as the faces of characters from the Canterbury Tales. …

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It will soon be time for our reptiles to wake up

Nature Notes by Peter Gay Although some weather forecasters now consider that spring begins on March 1, I prefer the traditional date of the equinox, March 20/21, when the hours of darkness and light are equal and our gardens and countryside are bursting into life – the month when our native reptiles begin to wake from their winter slumber. Adders, …

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Radio drama festival pulls in the listeners

Organisers of Herne Bay event promise another HERNE BAY hosted the country’s first radio drama festival at the weekend and it went so well that plans are already in hand to hold another next year. The UK International Radio Drama Festival, which ran from Thursday to Saturday last week, was the creation of Moving Theatre and played productions from across …

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