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March, 2015

  • 26 March

    Mystery over strange man in primary school toilets

    The identity of an intruder found in the girls’ toilets of a primary school remains unknown. The man was spotted by a pupil at Reculver Primary School on Thursday morning, sparking a police search of the building. But despite a thorough investigation, the school has been unable to establish who the man was. It has since reviewed security measures at …

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  • 26 March

    Backing for homes planned at Hillborough

    Plans for up to 40 new homes off Puffin Road in Hillborough have been recommended for approval despite protests from residents. Council officers have backed the scheme proposed by Kitewood Estates subject to the company paying contributions towards new transport infrastructure. A plan to build 72 more homes on the site was rejected in 2003, while in 2011 a plan …

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  • 26 March

    Add your name to petition in campaign for pier funding

    Last-minute push to gain support for a share of government cash An architect has appealed for public support to help bring his vision for Herne Bay’s pier to life. Tim Sanderson is calling on people to sign a petition to the government calling for funds to be spent on the seafront landmark. The petition on the 10 Downing Street website …

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  • 26 March

    Children left terrified after trouble at pub

    A mum has told how she and her terrified daughters were caught up in a violent confrontation at a family pub. Kerry Greensmith was forced to seek medical help for Callie, seven, and four-year-old Tilly, after fearing they had been covered in mace spray during the fracas at the Hungry Horse in Chestfield. A man was reportedly sprayed with the …

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  • 26 March

    Black mark for our dirty beaches

    A beach in Herne Bay has appeared on a list of some of the dirtiest in England, according to a litter survey. Studd Hill beach was listed along with 13 others in Kent in a survey by the Marine Conservation Society. During a clean-up for 14 beaches in the county last year a total of 21,085 pieces of rubbish were …

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  • 26 March

    ‘Illegally worded’ parking signs row steps up gear

    Investigators are examining claims the city council has doled out thousands of unlawful parking tickets in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay. A UK-wide motorists’ watchdog has referred the authority’s enforcement policy to the district auditor claiming “long-time serious irregularities”. National Motorists’ Action Group (NMAG) says that parking signs throughout the district are illegally worded and rely on a misinterpretation of …

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  • 26 March

    One marathon isn’t enough…

    James Bennett is taking on a challenge to complete four marathons in four days. Here he talks to reporter Aidan Barlow about charity fundraising and running Tell us about yourself? I’m 23 and I live near the Memorial Park in Herne Bay with my mum. I went to school at what is now the Spires Academy before studying at Canterbury …

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  • 26 March

    Thug jailed for 13 years for revenge attack on ex-friend

    Victim was in relationship with assailant’s wife A violent thug carried out a cowardly revenge attack on a former close friend out of sexual jealousy. David Capper, 35, was furious his estranged wife had begun a relationship with Nathan Carey, and plotted to teach him a lesson. Capper and brother-in-law Deny Geater, 38, both of East Street, Canterbury, burst into …

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  • 26 March

    Former School To Be Transformed Into Houses And Apartments

    The site of the former St Philip Howard Catholic School in Avenue Road is set to be transformed into upmarket houses and apartments. The school closed in July 2013 after a drop in the number of pupils and has been empty ever since. It was owned by the Sisters of La Sainte Union nuns, and mystery had surrounded the future …

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  • 26 March

    more council tax

    Canterbury City Council has outlined an action plan to bring empty and derelict properties in the town back up to scratch. There are 19 sites being looked at, including prominent buildings on the seafront and also the former St Philip Howard School. Aidan Barlow reports Property owners who refuse to bring derelict eyesores back up to scratch could face a …

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  • 26 March

    Dead porpoise found washed up on beach

    Dog walkers spotted something fishy on Herne Bay beach – and discovered what they thought was a killer whale calf. Jan Chapman and her partner Sid Miller feared a baby orca had washed up along the coast at Bishopstone Glen near Beltinge. But on closer inspection it turned out to be the remains of a porpoise. Foster carer Jan, 50, …

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  • 26 March

    Dyslexia fails to stop dad writing novel

    A father of three who suffers with severe dyslexia hopes to become a full-time author after writing and publishing his first book. Thomas Gaskin, 27, of Hanover Street, Herne Bay, was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of seven, but has since worked hard at overcoming his disability, which is a common type of learning difficulty that mainly affects reading …

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  • 26 March

    Honour For ‘One In A Million’ Council Officer

    A city council officer said to be “one in a million” has been presented with a retirement gift by members of the Little Stour and Nailbourne River Management Group. The authority’s engineering manager, Ted Edwards, who is retiring after 28 years service, has been a driving force in helping to instigate new flood prevention works. Speaking at the presentation, Mr …

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  • 26 March

    Now you see it…

    Eclipse is fleeting wonder as clouds spoil the big day Peeking out between the clouds on Friday was a rare glimpse of the eclipse captured on camera by Gazette reader Emily Anson. But sky watchers in the district hoping for a spectacular cosmic experience were left largely unmoved — thanks to the spoilsport weather. Emily, 22, snatched a photo with …

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  • 26 March

    Landlord guilty of sexual assault on four-year-old boy

    Singer who supported Shirley Bassey jailed A singer and pub landlord has been jailed for four years for indecency with a four-year-old boy. Billy Nutt, who once supported Shirley Bassey on tour, stood shame-faced as a judge told him the offence had been an aberration and “utter madness”. The gay 55-year-old, who previously ran the Dog pub in Rough Common, …

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  • 26 March

    Ofsted delivers damning verdict on the state of Kent education

    Almost a quarter of Kent’s schools are not meeting minimum standards according to the latest Ofsted figures. Of 558 primary and secondaries inspected up to December 31 last year, 24 schools have been rated inadequate, while a further 105 require improvement. In Medway, the picture is even worse. A third of schools are not good enough, with 32% either requiring …

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  • 26 March

    Herne Horticultural and Rose Society

    The society’s Spring Show took place on March 17 at the Institute Hall, Herne. There were a good number of entries In all classes – flowers, vegetables, cookery, handicrafts and floral art. The flower exhibits contained a wonderful array of daffodil varieties, hyacinths, polyanthus and many more. The hall had a wonderful spring smell which heightened as the air got …

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  • 26 March

    Case for partnership was ‘weak’

    By Tom Barton BBC Look East political reporter 26 March 2015 From the section England Communities secretary Eric Pickles says the South East LEP is an ‘exemplar’ body others should ‘follow’ The case for creating a partnership controlling hundreds of millions of pounds of government cash was considered “weak”, it has emerged. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) combine businesses, councils and …

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  • 26 March

    What should they do with Reculver?

    VIEWS are being sought on the future of Reculver Country Park. Canterbury City Council is seeking opinions on what to do with the land which was formerly leased by The Camping and Caravanning Club. It is to be incorporated into the country park and the council says it wants to enhance the open feel of the landscape around the historic …

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