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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.

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


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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Doing it themselves - big shed opens for older generation

For two years, it has been a meeting point for those feeling lonely or isolated. Now Broadstairs Town Shed has moved to much bigger premises after a successful start. The project was set up after winning an ITV People's Millions vote and it has gone from strength to strength. The scheme is aimed at the older generation. Tom Savvides was at the opening of the new centre.


No-one injured at shopping centre fire in Broadstairs

Part of shopping centre was evacuated after fire alert Credit: Emily Jayne Miles

No-one was injured during the fire in a yard at the Westwood Cross shopping centre in Broadstairs. The fire was in a cardboard compactor. Nearby shops were evacuated as a precautionary measure. Firefighters put out out the fire with half an hour of the alarm being raised this afternoon.

Credit: Jason Brookman

Shopping centre evacuated after fire in Broadstairs

The Westwood Cross shopping centre in Broadstairs was evacuated after a fire Credit: Emily Jayne Miles

There are reports that a shopping centre in Kent has been evacuated after a fire broke out in a yard on the complex.

Kent Fire & Rescue Service say they sent a crew and an engine to tackle a fire in a cardboard compactor at Westwood Cross in Broadstairs. The fire service were called at 12.11pm. They said the fire was located in a yard area away from the main buildings. Firefighters used a hose reel to put out the fire. The incident finished at 12.35pm.

Shoppers and passers-by have been sharing their images of the incident on social media.

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Couple get married after meeting up for DIY in a shed

It was set up to provide lonely or isolated older men with a place to socialise and do a spot of DIY. Broadstairs Town Shed, which opened two years ago as a People's Millions project supported by ITV, has proved so popular that it's moving to much bigger premises. It's also celebrating its first wedding. Tom Savvides talks to shed user Derek Holden, project co-ordinator Claire Shelton and newlyweds Heather and Victor Pallett.

More information on the scheme can be found here:

Road reopens after suspected wartime bombs found

Margate Road in Broadstairs has now reopened after bomb disposal experts were called to reports of an unexploded WWII bomb.

Crews were called out shortly after 2pm. A 200m cordon was set-up and local properties were evacuated.

The incident has now been scaled down as the items found have been deemed to be safe.

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