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Yvonne Bryce says she is lucky to be alive

A shocked grandmother says she is lucky to be alive after a young boy threw a brick at her car’s windscreen as she drove along a main road. Yvonne Bryce, 63, was driving home on the Old Thanet Way when the boy – thought to be no older than 10 – hurled the object at her car and smashed the …

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Urgent need for mental health beds, says charity boss

The district’s mental health provision is a “ticking time bomb” waiting to explode, a leading charity chief has claimed. NHS managers have submitted plans for an upgraded 15-bed facility for dementia sufferers at Canterbury’s St Martin’s Hospital. If granted, the proposals would see a replacement for the existing Cranmer ward on the site – with bedrooms boasting en suite bathrooms and …

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Conmen jailed after conning vulnerable homeowners out of thousands in landscaping con

Two Dover conmen ripped off vulnerable homeowners, by carrying out work which was “poor, ineffective, shoddy… and sometimes completely worthless”. Greedy Roger Knight, 42 and pal Wayne Smith , 48, raked in thousands of pounds by offering gardening services in Walmer and Folkestone. Now a judge has heard how the cowboy landscapers had also been turned over three years ago in an episode of the …

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Dole queues in Kent shrink for first time this year in final figures before the general election

Queues for the dole shortened in Kent for the first time this year giving the government a final boost heading into the general election. There were 431 fewer people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the county in March, taking the total to 19,405, according to the Office for National Statistics. The fall follows two consecutive rises, which itself came after 11 …

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Kent Eye ferris wheel set for a return to university campus in Canterbury

The controversial Ferris wheel which formed a distinctive part of the city’s skyline at the University of Kent last summer is scheduled for a return. Campus bosses have applied for permission to re-erect the 36m high structure – resembling the capital’s London Eye – between July and October. The attraction will be on the meadow between Eliot and Rutherford colleges, …

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£70,000 tools for surgeons

Hospital surgeons are to get £70,000 worth of new power tool equipment for their operating theatre. The committee of the League of Friends of Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Herne Bay agreed the purchase at its annual general meeting. At the same meeting it was revealed that a pilot scheme for weekend surgeries at the hospital finished at the end …

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Stalled cruiser gets an escort

Lifeboat crews escorted a broken down motor cruiser back to the shore off Herne Bay on Sunday at 4pm. The crew located the craft half a mite west of the old pier head, but its occupants had managed to restart the engine. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat escorted the 21ft vessel ashore at Herne Bay harbour, where the coastguard team …

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Unpaid work for assaults

A woman who admitted assaulting two others in Herne Bay High Street has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. Poppy Chandler, 23, of Victoria Park, appeared before Canterbury magistrates on March 20 following the attacks on February 8. She was also ordered to pay £150 in compensation. Herne Bay Gazette, April 16th 2015

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It was teamwork all the way

Volunteers from Coastguard stations across Kent completed a charity cycle ride from Rochester to Dover. Members of the Herne Bay Coastguard joined the ride, which was raising money for Sense, a charity for deaf and blind children. It took the team two days to complete the ride, with riders aiming to raise £6 for every mile completed. Herne Bay coastguard …

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Runner needs help to reach his target

Marathon effort for a cause close to his heart A man who lost his mum to cancer at the age of 11 is running the London Marathon for a charity close to his heart. Scott Byhurst, 34, hopes to raise £1,900 for Children with Cancer, which is the leading national charity dedicated to the fight against all childhood cancers. Scott, …

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