Thanet's Daily News

Thanet's Daily News

Pair arrested on suspicion of fraud involving elderly Cliftonville man

01/12/2121

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of fraud following an incident reported by an elderly Cliftonville resident. He contacted Kent Police on 24 November after two people attended his home claiming a parcel had been delivered there by mistake. Further enquiries suggest that an account with an online retailer may have been fraudulently set up in the victim’s name.
Inquest decides Ramsgate boy’s family let down by statutory services

01/12/2121

Schoolboy Sammy Alban-Stanley fell from cliffs at Ramsgate on April 22 after climbing over the railings and died four days later. Sammy was autistic and lived with Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS), a rare genetic condition that causes various symptoms; in his case including self-harm and previous life-risking incidents. At this week’s inquest, the coroner said that Sammy died as a consequence of injuries suffered during an episode of high-risk behaviour related to PWS on a background of inadequate support from the local authority and mental health services. The Prader-Willi Syndrome Association UK (PWSA UK) provides information and support for people whose lives are affected by the syndrome. The PWSA helpline is at 01332 365676.
Kent County Council fears impact of emergency grants ending

01/12/2121

Kent County Council’s Leader has expressed concern over the ending of government emergency grants that have been provided to local authorities across England during the coronavirus crisis and the impact that might have on support for needy families. Initiatives like the free school meals scheme might be under threat if further funding cannot be secured. Residents eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals can apply for them via https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals
Thanet council Covid fund for tenants and homeowners in arrears

01/12/2121

Thanet District Council’s Housing Options team has secured a KCC grant of £175,000, which will be used to help private rented sector tenants and homeowners who may be struggling to pay their rent and mortgages as a result of COVID-19. TDC’s Housing Options Team has set priorities and qualification criteria. If you are a landlord and believe that your tenant might require assistance or if you are a homeowner and are struggling to pay your mortgage, please contact the Housing Options team on 01843 577377 or email LLO@thanet.gov.uk The funding is time limited and should be spent by 31 March 2022.
Four-day police operation in Ramsgate cracks down on crime

30/11/2121

The Police have carried out a four-day operation in Ramsgate aimed at disrupting drug-related crime and reducing anti-social behaviour. A number of people were arrested as part of the operation including a man and woman who were stopped in a car in Cavendish Street where cannabis, mobile phones and weighing scales were seized. The police also spoke to a man in Clements Road after seizing amphetamines and cannabis. Enquiries are ongoing. Robert Muttock, of no fixed address was arrested and charged with five counts of theft following a spate of shoplifting. Officers also arrested a 42-year-old man from Ramsgate who was suspected of causing damage to nearby vehicles. A number of uninsured vehicles including a moped and e-scooter were also seized during the operation.
Arrest following distraction burglary at Margate home of elderly man

30/11/2121

An arrest has been made in connection with a distraction burglary in Margate at the home of a man in his 80s. Money was reportedly stolen from a house in Waverley Road at around 1pm on Friday 12 November. The victim had been visited by two men offering to repair the roof of his property. The work was agreed and paid for. After they left, it was found that cash had been stolen from the premises. A 39 year old man from Ashford has since been arrested on suspicion of burglary.
Police appeal over burglary attempt at Palm Bay Co-op

30/11/2121

The Police are appealing for information following an attempted break in at a store in Palm Bay. It has been reported that the glass entrance door to the Co-op in Summerfield Road was damaged shortly after 5am yesterday morning (29th). Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious at the time of the incident.
Huge Marvel & DC Comic convention in Thanet next year

30/11/2121

A huge Marvel and DC themed comic convention is set to take place in Thanet next year. The event which will be held at Quex Park in Birchington in May is expected to attract crowds of up to 10,000 people.
Two men suffer head injuries in Ramsgate attacks

29/11/2121

Police are appealing for information after two reports of people suffering head injuries in Ramsgate in separate attacks. At around 9pm on Friday, a man in his 30s is reported to have been approached in Whitehall Road, at the junction with Nixon Avenue, by three men in masks who demanded the victim’s belongings. At 9.55pm a man in his 40s was approached by three men in Princes Road at the junction with Central Road. They matched the description of the suspects in the previous incident and also demanded his belongings. Before both incidents the three suspects were seen getting out of a dark hatchback with a loud exhaust. Both victims suffered head injuries which required hospital treatment. Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/244712/21.
Large crowd protests against development on greenfields

29/11/2121

Around 100 people gathered in Westgate yesterday as part of a Kent Day of Action in protest at development on greenfield and agricultural land. People met at Westgate Community Centre in Lymington Road, heard speeches from action group member Penny Anne Wells, Green councillor Mike Garner and Labour’s Pauline Farrance then walked up Minster Road to view the fields that are the main development area for a proposed 2000 houses.
Ramsgate vigil for 27 refugees drowned last week

29/11/2121

A ‘memorial garden’ was created and a vigil held on Ramsgate Main Sands on Saturday afternoon (27th) to mark the deaths of the 27 people who died crossing the Channel last week. The event was in solidarity with the Care4-Calais vigil held at Downing Street. Organised by resident and artist Teresa Askew, and attended by Ramsgate mayor Raushan Ara, people were asked to wear black and bring a flower to build the memorial.
Thanet pilot scheme for housing long-term rough sleepers

29/11/2121

A pilot scheme in Thanet is providing homes for people with a long history of rough sleeping – with one man in accommodation after being caught in a cycle of homelessness for more than a decade. Housing First is a scheme where people are moved into their own home and then start to address other issues they are facing such as mental ill health or drug or alcohol dependency.
Broadstairs scaffolding firm offers day trip for older, isolated residents

29/11/2121

Broadstairs-based scaffolding firm Leadbeatters Labour is organising a free day trip to Rye for older people who may be isolated. Guests will travel by coach from various pick-up points across Thanet before travelling through the countryside to picturesque Rye. Everyone will be treated to a fish and chip lunch before some free time to explore the medieval town. If you’d like to nominate yourself or somebody else, please email Karen@leadbeatterslabour.co.uk
East Kent Hospitals reveal increased waiting list data

26/11/2121

The number of patients waiting to have treatment in hospitals across Kent has increased by a third in the last year. The East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust, which includes the “Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital” in Margate, now has 62,544 patients waiting, an increase of 33.7% compared with September 2020. Of those, some 4,735 people, have been waiting more than 12 months, the highest rate in the county.
Independent Monitoring Officer appointed at Thanet District Council

26/11/2121

An independent monitoring officer has been appointed at Thanet District Council. The appointment follows a damning report into inadequate governance arrangements around whistle blowing, grievances and disciplinary procedures. Last month external Auditors Grant Thornton listed a catalogue of failures within the council, including using disciplinary action against staff raising complaints; attempting to discredit criticism in independent reports; draining finances due to disciplinary and tribunal actions and causing significant reputational harm to those involved in prolonged grievance processes.
Thanet Council protects rough sleepers from expected severe weather

26/11/2121

Thanet council has activated its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol for rough sleepers due to the Met Office forecasting overnight temperatures of zero or below for the next four nights.
Ramsgate’s Western Undercliff lift for sale by auction

26/11/2121

The Grade II listed, Art Deco lift at the Western Undercliff in Ramsgate is to go under the hammer at public auction with a guide price of £20,000. The structure was built around 1926 and has a carrying capacity of 20 passengers although it has not worked for a number of years. The lift was listed for asset disposal by Thanet council in 2019.
Suspected arson at Ramsgate Maritime Museum

25/11/2121

Fire crews were called to Ramsgate Maritime Museum late on Tuesday afternoon (23rd). Four engines attended at the Clock House building, where the fire was centred on a container full of artefacts. There were no injuries and limited damage to exhibits but Fire and Police experts believe the fire was set deliberately and enquiries continue.
More signatures needed towards Margate gaining Town Council status

25/11/2121

The push to create a town council for Margate has now reached 1,000 signatures of support. Several advantages are listed as the benefits of having a Town Council instead of being managed by Charter Trustees, but a minimum of 3,100 adults from the Margate Wards need to sign a petition before a bid can be passed to Thanet Council for consideration. Find the petition at MargateTownCouncil.co.uk
New chairperson for Margate Town Deal Board announced

25/11/2121

A Thanet housing and development specialist has been appointed as the new chair of the Margate Town Deal Board. Brian Horton, who has worked in senior positions in both the public and private sector, was appointed by Thanet council on November 17 and will play a leading role in taking forward the Town Deal projects that are being funded with £22.2m government money. The chairperson role is voluntary and the aim is to lead the Board and keep an overview of activities. For more information on the Margate Town Deal, visit www.margatetowndeal.co.uk.
Culture Recovery Fund grant awarded to The Margate School

25/11/2121

The Margate School has been awarded £53,000 from the third round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. The award will help The Margate School to continue its work in the High Street, supporting the local creative community as well as bringing in international artists. The award will be used specifically to consolidate and expand studio provision and technical facilities as well as exhibition offerings.
Woman jailed for drug dealing in Margate

24/11/2121

A woman has been jailed for drug dealing in Margate. In April 2019, Jordan Jones was caught by a plain clothes officer on duty in Clifton Place and a search revealed she had more than 30 wraps of Class A drugs hidden in her clothing. At Canterbury Crown Court on November 10th, she was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
Margate charity worker urges people to check personal online data

24/11/2121

A Margate charity worker is urging people to check what information can be found about them online after discovering her name, address, phone number, email and entire CV being displayed on Google. Adele Mahan had applied for a job with Your Leisure in 2019 via a job vacancy website using a WordPress-based contact form. The third-party software problem has been corrected and Your Leisure are contesting the complaint against them.
Stagecoach is determined to report passenger who defecated on bus

24/11/2121

Stagecoach staff are determined to track down and report a passenger who defecated on an upstairs seat, on the No. 8 bus from Thanet to Canterbury last Sunday (21st). They are examining CCTV footage, asking for any information from other passengers, intending to pass information on to the Police.
TDC’s innovative low carbon project ditched

24/11/2121

Plans for the Kent Innovation Centre in Broadstairs to become Thanet council’s first low-carbon building have been ditched due to increased costs and the project consultant getting “the figures wrong.” The scheme had been granted £1.1million via the Public Sector Decarbonisation Fund and included exchanging gas boilers for air source heat pumps and improving insulation. One councillor said “we simply ran out of budget and time.”
Information needed after man found badly beaten in Palm Bay

23/11/2121

A plea has been made to discover what happened to a man, who is fighting for his life, after being found seriously injured in Palm Bay. Max Lintott was discovered by a dog walker, near Palm Bay school at 7am on Tuesday November 16th. He was unconscious and suffering from hypothermia after being badly beaten. Max, who is now in a coma, was airlifted to King’s College Hospital in London. Anyone with any information is urged to contact Kent Police.
Man hospitalised after Ramsgate crash

23/11/2121

A motorist was taken to hospital following a crash in Ramsgate on Sunday evening. The Police were called to Newington Road, near the fire station, at 5pm, following a report of a collision between two vehicles. One man was taken to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford for treatment, his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
Councillors voice concerns over plans to cut jobs at TDC

23/11/2121

Thanet Councillors have raised concerns over proposals to delete job roles at the authority that have been vacant for a period of time. The plan would be to permanently remove unfilled jobs and to restructure senior management in order to plug a deficit of £691,000 in the council’s budget which has been forecast for the next financial year. Staff savings of around £280k have been identified by the removal of the vacant staff posts with a further saving of £100,000 resulting from a possible senior management restructure. Councillors have voiced concerns over the deletion of job roles, particularly those in waste and open spaces.
Paul Weller to play Dreamland next summer

23/11/2121

It has been announced that Paul Weller will be returning to Kent next summer with a four hour show at Dreamland. Weller will be performing on the Scenic Stage in Margate, on Friday July 15th, next year. A supporting act has yet to be confirmed.
Planning inquiry set for controversial Margate development of 450 homes

22/11/2121

An inquiry to decide on an appeal over the refusal for a contentious application for 450 homes on agricultural land off Shottendane Road in Margate is to be held in January next year. The planning proposal by Gladman Developments has been rejected by Thanet council three times – in April, June and then July of this year. In July it was rejected on the grounds of an unacceptable percentage of affordable housing, and numerous environmental issues. However, council officers said there were “no cogent reasons” in planning policy to refuse on any basis other than the lack of affordable housing.

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