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Local News 21st August 2018



Kent County Councillor John Simmonds has died. The Conservative Member for Canterbury North, who had served since June 2001, passed away on Sunday. Mr Simmonds was brought up in Broadstairs and went to school at Chatham House, Ramsgate. He entered local politics after a lifetime in banking and finance. He is survived his wife Barbara, and their three children.




A woman has been charged with drink-driving after a car crashed into Minster Village Hall on Sunday, causing significant damage to the building. Officers attended the scene in Minster High Street, and a 30-year-old woman was arrested. Rebecca Grist, of Station Road, Minster, has been released on bail and is due to attend Margate Magistrates’ Court on September 13.  




A pensioner has been arrested in Ramsgate after a complaint that a man was committing a lewd act in public. Police were called yesterday morning by two women, who witnessed the man at Government Acre on the Westcliff. A 71-year-old man from Margate was arrested on suspicion of outraging public decency, and remains in custody while enquiries continue.




A couple who took over The Bell Inn in Minster last month are leaving following a difference of opinion with operators Cannon Leisure. Sarah and Mark Cornwell reopened the doors of the 14th century pub on July 7, some 6 months after it last shut its doors. Mark and Sarah had implemented new menus and hoped to welcome customers old and new. But in a social media post yesterday the couple revealed they are leaving the pub after just a month as managers, having been unable to resolve their differences with the owners.



If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘’plogging’’ It means a combination of jogging, while at the same time picking up litter along the way. This is exactly what the Coastal Striders running group will be doing tomorrow, departing from the boating pool on Royal Esplanade in Ramsgate at 7PM, keeping fit as well as caring for the environment. All are welcome to join in.


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