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Local New 16th March 2018


A female care worker has been jailed for 12 years for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a Thanet residential home. Helen May, aged 49, of Hopes Lane, Ramsgate was convicted of seven counts of indecent assault on a child under 16, following a five-day trial at Canterbury Crown Court. The offences took place between 1999 and 2001 while May was the manager of a local care home, which has since been closed down.



Council Tax bills for the tax year 2018/19 have been issued this week. The bill includes a rise of 4.99% by Kent County Council which will mean an extra £1.13 per week for a Band D household. The bill also includes a 2.99% rise by Thanet District Council which equates to an extra £6.57 per year for a Band D household. Until recently, Council Tax could not be raised above 1.99 % without triggering a local referendum; however, the government-imposed cap was recently relaxed, to allow for the new increase.


Emergency services were called to an injured man in Ramsgate on Wednesday evening. The man, who was found lying in the street suffering from head injuries, was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.



Thanet District Council has told traders on Margate’s Harbour Arm to negotiate with the leaseholder over their offer to maintain the Stone Pier toilets. Food and drink outlets on the arm say that vandalism of the toilets, which has resulted in the council shutting the facilities overnight, could be avoided if they are able to take over the responsibility.


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