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Local News Monday 31st March 2020 
Police are now making roadside checks to ensure compliance with coronavirus rules
New powers enacted by the government mean police may: instruct people to go home, leave an area or disperse; ensure parents are taking necessary steps to stop their children breaking the rules; and issue a fixed penalty notice of £60, which will be lowered to £30 if paid within 14 days. 
A Margate man has been charged with attempted robbery, theft, and public order offences
Richard Champion, of Oxford St, Margate, was arrested and charged last week with one count of attempted robbery and possession of a knife in a public place. He was also charged with stealing items from a Co-op store in Ramsgate and cosmetics from Boots, damaging a police vehicle and a public order offence in Dane Park. He appeared by virtual link at Medway Magistrate’s Court last Thursday, where he was remanded in custody. The case will next be heard at Canterbury Crown Court on a date to be confirmed.

Talks are under way to try and halt the closure of the Our Kitchen free food scheme
The project, which has been providing free food packages to charities, community organisations and individuals in Thanet, issued a statement yesterday to say that it would be closing after disagreement over operating procedures and a withdrawal of funding. However, a bid is being made to resolve the issues, which may mean the scheme carries on with a delivery service. Several offers of fundraising have been made by the community to ensure that the scheme continues.

British Summer Time has been heralded by some very wintry weather
Strong winds, hailstorms and even snow have been reported in Thanet. No harm has been done, although the bathing machine sauna in Margate is looking a bit lop-sided after suffering from shifting sands.




Local News Tuesday 31st March 2020 


Changes are being made to stroke ward arrangements and cancer surgery at East Kent Hospitals Trust as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The number of Intensive care beds at East Kent Hospitals will rise from 33 to 132. From this week stroke services will move to Kent and Canterbury Hospital and from mid-April cancer surgery will also be provided at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. All non urgent planned care appointments are being cancelled.


New contracts have been signed between the Government and rail operators, Southeastern.

The new agreement aims to ensure jobs are protected in the unprecedented circumstances brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic. In the longer-term, there will be improvements, including increased capacity at peak times, more front-line staff and more fares trials for passengers when the rail network returns to normal following the disruption caused by COVID-19.


The A256 Sandwich Bypass reopened yesterday; the carriageway has been shut since December following a burst sewer.  

The road was expected to reopen at the end of last month however a further issue was identified on a second sewer pipe which runs underneath the same section of road. Southern Water have now completed their vital work in the area.


Couples and families have been banned from shopping together at Waitrose as the supermarket ups its efforts against Coronavirus.

The upmarket retailer, which has more than a dozen stores across Kent, says only one member of any household will be permitted to enter the supermarket to buy essentials. The move is a bid to crackdown on crowds in aisles and at the checkouts.




Local News Wednesday 1st April 2020 


Thanet Council is getting tough with organisations that ignore closure rules.

The regulations forced many businesses – including pubs, clubs and cafes – to close from March 20th, but pub ‘lock-ins’ and other infringements have been reported to TDC. The Council has already issued a number of warning letters and next steps could include forced closure, unlimited fines or withdrawal of operating licences.


Our Kitchen and Ramsgate Town Council team will continue with free food deliveries.

A disagreement over operating procedures and a partial withdrawal of funding arose over the weekend. But grants from two Councillors’ member funds, the hard work from Ramsgate Town Council staff with many other local volunteers and charities have secured the deliveries to those in critical need during the pandemic crisis. Sharon Goodyear’s stalwart work with Our Kitchen is appreciated across Thanet.


The huge Ramsgate sinkhole has now been filled.

The hole in Southwood Road first appeared on March 17th. Gas and water pipes were soon diverted, but the hole opened further last weekend, 40 feet deep and revealing 3 tunnels presumably used as wartime shelters. The hole has now been filled with rubble plus 1,000 tonnes of concrete and resurfacing will happen soon.


A Margate woman has been caught trying to break into cars.

Early yesterday morning (31st March), the woman was seen trying car doors in Third Avenue, Cliftonville. Police responded quickly and arrested the woman, who was carrying a glass hammer and a number of bank cards.


An unexpected outcome from some supermarket regulations.

We reported yesterday, on the first supermarket to forbid couples and families in their stores, in an effort to reduce crowded aisles and checkouts. We have since heard of a rush for quickie divorces, so that both parties can continue the latest craze for insulating their homes with stacks of toilet rolls.



Local News Thursday 2nd April 2020
Police are seeking a driver who left the scene of an accident leaving an NHS worker with serious injuries
The crash took place on the A28 at St Nicholas-at-Wade early yesterday morning. Police and ambulance services attended the scene, where the injured man was taken to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford suffering from serious injuries including a broken hip. Enquiries are now under way to find the other driver, who left the scene before police arrived.

A man has been arrested in connection with vandalising six Thanet ambulances
The Ramsgate man was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage to vehicles on two occasions,and was taken into custody yesterday morning. Kent Police are continuing to appeal for information after nine tyres were found to be damaged on six ambulances between 8pm on Saturday, March 21 and 7am the following day, and a report that further damage was caused to three tyres on two ambulances overnight between 6pm on Saturday, March 28 and the following morning. In both cases the vehicles had been parked in Haine Road, Ramsgate.
Kent police chiefs have said the county force should avoid alienating local communities
Officers have been told to “engage” with members of the public by explaining new Government social distancing laws before encouraging them to go home or disperse, with enforcement of coronavirus emergency powers only to be used as a last resort. This comes days after Derbyshire Police were criticised for being “overzealous” after officers used a drone to film ramblers and dog walkers in the Peak District.
Plants have been stolen from Westbrook’s sunken gardens
Many plants, which were all in flower, have been taken over the last week. Volunteers have been working to restore the gardens since 2017, and the plants, donated by the community and the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust, will now have to be replaced.
Thanet has sadly lost another larger than life character
Pete Willson sadly passed away last Saturday. He was one of the founder members of TLR, Thanet's local Radio and was heard regularly presenting the station’s flagship breakfast show. Later, his love for local radio led him to help set up and manage this radio station until 2014, where he again presented the Breakfast show. Pete was very well known around Thanet and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts go out to his family.

Local News Friday 27th March 2020 
Two thousand NHS staff in Kent and Medway are off work due to the coronavirus
The Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, which is the local strategic lead for the NHS response to Covid-19, says all services are reporting adequate staffing levels to maintain priority services, despite the significant numbers of NHS staff self-isolating with symptoms or in households where another person has symptoms. The absences represent around 7.75% of the workforce, excluding primary care.
Thanet council receives £40m funding for local business distribution 
Many small businesses which receive small or rural business rates relief (with a rateable value under £15,000) will receive a payment of £10,000. The council is currently identifying businesses that qualify for a cash grant.  ▪ Businesses that think they should qualify, but have not received an email or letter by April 15, should contact the Business rates team.
The process for registering a death in Kent has changed. The changes are a result of the Government’s legislative changes to support the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic and will be coming in across the country.  It is no longer possible to book an appointment to register a death in person; instead this will now be carried out by telephone.
A Ramsgate mum-of-three is using money saved for a holiday to buy shopping for people in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kimmi Vincent saved £100 after giving up smoking and had planned to use it towards a trip to Amsterdam. People have been nominating others to benefit from her generosity  via a post on the New Thanet Chat facebook page with Kimmi now needing to choose a recipient.
Jeremy Paxman is to host a virtual pub quiz in aid of East Kent Hospitals Charity. The University Challenge host will be grilling players in a virtual celebrity pub quiz tonight. The event has been organised by East Kent Hospitals’ governor Alex Lister and will benefit the charity’s Help Your Hospital Heroes campaign. People are asked to donate a minimum of £15 to register a team name and feature on the leaderboard. The quiz will be livestreamed from 8pm.
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