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Families devastated after church removes memorial items from graves

Relatives of loved one say they are heartbroken after a church in Broadstairs suddenly removed all vases and ornaments from the Garden of Remembrance.

The church say they gave enough warning and put up signs in advance.

Jenna Verdicchio has been speaking to those affected.

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Man who threatened to kill former partner is jailed

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A Kent man who left his former partner fearing for her life has been jailed for 20 months.

Michael Collett, 31, of Norman Road, Broadstairs, forced his way into his former partner's Margate home on Monday 8th June 2016 and threatened to kill her, while pointing an imitation firearm to her head.

On another occasion, he sent her threatening text messages.

Collett pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear and threats to kill and to sending malicious communications and possessing controlled Class B drugs.

Sunshine and rain. So how did local business weather the bank holiday weekend?

As families celebrate the long Easter weekend, local businesses have been taking stock of what the first major holiday of the year has meant for them.

The number of Easter Holiday makers planning a trip in the UK is rising and local businesses are doing what they can to get the tourist season started as early as possible.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Ann Duffy of Morelli's Gelato, Malcolm Cox director of the Broadstairs Spring Kentish Food Fair and Broadstairs Chamber of Commerce, and local baker One in the Oven.

Family's 'insufferable grief' as 'cold and callous' killer jailed

A Margate man has been jailed for life for the brutal murder of a 20 year-old supermarket worker with aspergers syndrome.

The judge called John Dickson a "cold and calulating" killer who showed no remorse after he choked Carl Gregory to death in a shopping centre car park - in a row over comments made on a website.

Family liaison officer Detective Constable Denis Courtney spoke on behalf of the family and our reporter Sarah Saunders also spoke to Detective Sargent Ross Gurden of Kent Police

Cauliflower crisis: growers destroy year's supply

Farmers in East Kent have spoken of their anger at having to destroy a year's worth of crops by ploughing them back into the soil.

The food's perfectly edible, but there's no market for it.

Supermarkets have been stocking imported vegetables and farmers say they can't compete with the foreign imports.

They blame rigid supermarket supply policies intended to avoid sudden shortages that may drive away shoppers.

They say they're on the edge of despair. As Tony Green reports.

Tony spoke to farmer Geoffrey Philpott.

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Man pleads guilty for the death of drowning girl

Becky Morgan was pulled from the water at Broadstairs Credit: Kent Police

A man who failed to come to the rescue of a drowning girl has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter.

Michael Bowditch, 21, admitted killing 17 year old Becky Morgan last summer after he saw her fall into the sea off the Kent coast.

Her body was later found over two miles away near Broadstairs.

It is the failure to take any steps to prevent Miss Morgan's death after she fell into the sea which forms the basis of his culpability for manslaughter.

– Prosecutor Simon Taylor
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Kent golfer swings into action in Europe

He's been playing golf since the age of eight and his dreams have finally come true. Max Orrin, from Broadstairs has just won a European Tour card. He says that's just the start, as Tom Savvides found out when he joined him at his local club.

Two men charged over Broadstairs murder

Two men have been charged with murder following the death of a 20-year-old man in Broadstairs.

Kent Police was called to reports that a man had sustained serious injuries in a shopping centre car park in Margate Road on Tuesday night.

Emergency services were called but the victim, Carl Gregory, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two men - John James William Dickson, 27 and of Northdown Road in Cliftonville, Margate and Christopher Pollard, 20 and of Brimstone Hill in Meopham have been charged with murder. They appeared in court via videolink and have been remanded in custody.

Both men will appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday.

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The hotel run and staffed by students. Would you stay?

Would you stay in an hotel run and staffed by students and apprentices? Well such an establishment has just opened in Broadstairs. East Kent College has turned an old building into a luxury hotel where students are trained to cook, serve drinks and even make beds for paying guests. Tom Savvides talks to head chef Ben Williams, catering students Jordan Morris and Daisy Houlan, as well as hotel manager, Andrea Whigham.

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