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London Bridge Railway Station commuters facing chaos and crowds tonight

Commuters are tonight facing long delays and experiencing “dangerous” crowds due to delays out of London Bridge. Passengers waiting on the platform are reporting their concern at large crowds that have built up at the station due to delayed and cancelled trains.  Many of the routes affected are operated by Southern Rail, which runs services to several towns in west …

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Fight to stop caravan site

Residents fighting to preserve the green gap between Herne Bay and Whitstable are challenging controversial plans for a caravan site. The owner of the land at Heymar in Whitstable Road, Herne Bay, wants to use it to house 25 grass pitches. City council planning officers are recommending it be approved when the planning committee meets on January 6, despite 25 …

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Underground cables ruled out by National Grid

The National Grid has ruled out burying electricity cables underground as it pushes forward with plans to erect a forest of 50-metre high pylons around Canterbury. The company has already announced its preferred draft route for the overhead cables, called the Richborough Connection, which will link a substation at Sandwich with one at Broad Oak. And as it prepares to …

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Pervert turns himself in

A man who sexually abused a young girl turned himself in to police in an effort to stop his behaviour. Lawrence Smith, 52, of Park Road, Herne Bay, admitted five charges of sexual assault on a child under 13, making indecent photos of children and possessing indecent images of children. Judge James O’Mahony told Smith: “These offences are so bad …

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Residents fighting resubmitted proposal to create camping site

Residents fighting to preserve the green gap between Herne Bay and Whitstable are challenging plans for a touring caravan and camping site. The owner of the land at Heymar in Whitstable Road, Herne Bay, was granted permission for 56 pitches in 2013 despite strong opposition but he never developed the site and has now submitted a smaller scheme. The application …

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Chilly dip for charity

King Ethelbert pub customers brave the icy sea to raise funds There’s nothing like a bracing coastal walk to blow away the excesses of Christmas Day. But a dozen customers and friends of the King Ethelbert pub at Reculver went one step further and straight into the icy sea. The 5th annual Boxing Day swim, organised by Shelley Pullen, raises …

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Coming soon?

Travelodge wants to go into partnership with the city council to build a £4 million hotel in Canterbury. The chain, which already has a hotel in Ivy Lane, is looking for another site and has written to the local authority proposing a “pioneering” financial deal to get it built. However, hotelier Sandie de Rougemont, who owns the House of Agnes …

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My wish: let the planes fly again from Manston

Gale’s view by your MP Sir Roger Gale Politicians are expected to wish for world peace in the coming year. We do indeed live in the most dangerous of times and it would be good to think that by the end of 2015 the threat from ISIS will have been removed, Ebola will be a distant memory and Russia will …

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Top stories for area, in print, online and on air

As the curtain falls on 2014, it is our opportunity to thank you, our readers and advertisers, for your support during what has been a truly eventful year. We owe this newspaper’s long history to that support and we never take it for granted. That is not to say you always agree with the decisions we take or the editorial …

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March 20 9.31am: Solar Eclipse – best viewpoints in East Kent

Europe is set to experience its biggest solar eclipse in 15 years later this month, we thought we would create a list of some of the best spots you can watch it happen in East Kent. Experts have predicted that the moon will block the sun’s rays for almost two hours on the morning of Friday, March 20. The maximum eclipse, …

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