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A "much-loved" mother and daughter

Anne-Marie Birch, who was found injured in Whiteness Road, Broadstairs Credit: Kent Police

The family of a woman who was killed last week in Broadstairs have paid tribute to her, saying she was a much-loved and devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

Kent Police were called to Whiteness Road just after 1.30pm on 7th November 2013 to reports of concern for a woman who had suffered injuries.

Officers along with medical staff attended but 47-year-old Anne-Marie Birch was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man charged with murder to appear before crown court

A man in his fifties charged with the murder of a woman from Ramsgate has been remanded in custody to appear before Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday 12th November 2013.

Police were called to Whiteness Road in Broadstairs on 7th November. The 47-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Formal identification of the dead woman has not yet taken place.

Lee Vincent Paul Birch, aged 55, of Lymington Road, Westgate-on-Sea, appeared at Dover Magistrates Court charged with murder this morning.

Kent Police have referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, as is required, when there has been previous police contact with the victim.


Man due in court charged with Broadstairs murder

A 55-year-old man is due before magistrates after being charged in connection with the murder of a woman in Broadstairs.

The charge relates to an incident on Thursday 7th November 2013, when Kent Police were called to Whiteness Road at 1.30pm after reports of concern for a woman who had been injured.

Police and ambulance services attended. A 47-year-old woman from Ramsgate was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem examination is expected to be carried out today.

Detectives from the Kent & Essex Serious Crime Directorate have charged Lee Vincent Paul Birch of Lymington Rd in Westgate with murder. He has been remanded in custody to appear before Dover Magistrates Court.

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Prisoner admits intent to pervert the course of justice

A prisoner serving a fifteen year sentence for a brutal assault text his friend whilst in prison to try and get the victim assaulted again before the trial.

Lee Cekic, was on remand at HMP Elmley in Sheerness, awaiting trial for the grievous bodily harm with intent and false imprisonment of Margate man Joe Bath.

But whilst in prison, Cekic sent a number of text messages to a friend, Lewis Pettitt, trying to get Mr Bath assaulted again before the trial.

A search warrant at an Essex address discovered a phone belonging to Mr Pettitt where the text messages were uncovered. The mobile the texts were sent from was found in Cekic's cell.

Yesterday, Cekic was sentenced to three years in prison, to run concurrently to the 15 years he is already serving.


No new record for dancers

An attempt to break a world record for the largest amount of people dancing on a promenade has failed. Only two hundred and fifty people turned up for the event at Broadstairs in Kent - that's down 600 from three years ago.

The event was staged to raise money for two Charities - the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mother Special Babies Unit and the Alfie Gough Trust.

Pictures: Surfing Santas hit the beach

Surfing Santas in Broadstairs Credit: ITV Meridian

Thirty Santa Clauses went surfing off the Kent coast yesterday to promote the cleanliness of the water.

Joss Bay Surf School near Broadstairs organised to event, which follows a difficult summer for local beaches.

Many were closed for several weeks because of a massive sewage spill from a pumping station, but the beaches have now been given a clean bill of health.

Surfing Santas in Broadstairs Credit: ITV Meridian
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