Friday's Meridian headlines

All the top stories for the South and South East on Friday 17 August.

Two arrests in Folkestone stabbing

Blackbull Road in Folkestone
The stabbing occurred in Blackbull Road in Folkestone

Two men have been arrested after a 30-year-old man was stabbed in Folkestone in Kent.

The victim suffered knife wounds to his upper body during the assault which happened just after 6pm in Blackbull Road on Thursday evening.

Kent Police say it is not yet known whether the incident occurred inside a residential property or outside.

Detectives recovered a weapon near the scene. It is believed the three men are known to each other. A man aged 27 and another man aged 29 - both from Folkestone - are in police custody.

Dreamland's future more secure

Dreamland
The Dreamland site Credit: ITV Meridian

The future of an historic amusement park in Kent looks more secure. The Secretary of State has granted approval for Thanet District Council to compulsorily purchase Dreamland in Margate. It will now try to buy the land so it can regenerate the site.

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Hastings alcohol death rate highest in country

Credit: PA

More men die of alcohol related conditions in Hastings than anywhere else in the country, according to research showing that people living in poorer areas are more likely to suffer from drink related health issues than their wealthier neighbours.

The figures released by the Public health obserbvatories show there was a rate of 74 deaths per 100, 000 people in Hastings in 2010.