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Dad denies knife charge

A man has appeared in court accused of drunkenly walking around Herne Bay at night with his toddler son in tow and armed with a kitchen knife. Keith Baldock, 34, is charged with possessing the three-inch blade in Owls Hatch Road at 11.25pm on February 25. Prosecutor Neil Sweeney told Canterbury Magistrates’ Court that Baldock is alleged to have been drunk and with his three-year-old son when police spoke to him. Baldock, who had been living in a caravan at Thornden Wood Road, but now lives in Westgate-on-Sea, denied the charge. He will be tried at Canterbury Crown Court and is due for a preliminary hearing on April 28.

‘Copter hunt

A police helicopter circling over Herne on Saturday morning was looking for missing man. Jody Smith, 35, was barefoot when he disappeared from his Canterbury Road home in the early hours. A team of police officers and a helicopter searched for Mr Smith after the alarm was raised at 6.20am. He was found in Mill Hill, Herne, at around 9am and checked by paramedics.

Homes debate

Members of Herne and Broomfield parish council will tonight (Thursday) discuss whether to organise a public meeting over the proposed housing development of Strode Farm. Developers Hollamby Estates want to build as many as 800 homes on the site. The meeting is at Herne Mill at 7.30pm.

Herne Bay Gazette, April 10th 2014

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