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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.

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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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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.

200m cordon in place as army experts deal with unexploded wartime bombs in Broadstairs

Army bomb disposal experts called to Margate Road in Broadstairs Credit: @kent_999s

Margate Road in Broadstairs has been cordoned off following the discovery of a number of suspected unexploded wartime bombs.

A 200m cordon is in place around Margate Road Credit: @kent_999s

Army bomb disposal experts are at the scene and a 200m cordon is in place. Some local properties have been evacuated.

A number of properties have been evacuated Credit: @kent_999s

Properties evacuated and roads closed as wartime bombs are found in Broadstairs

Properties evacuated and local roads closed Credit: ITV Meridian

A number of suspected old wartime unexploded bombs have been found in Kent.

The area around Margate Road in Broadstairs has been cordoned off as Army bomb disposal experts make them safe.

A number of properties have also been evacuated.


Pupils from across Kent join to watch historic space launch

Pupils from across east Kent joined together in Broadstairs to watch the historic launch of Major Tim Peake into space.

Around 200 youngsters gathered at the Wellesley House school as part of a special space and science education day.

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All the schools taking part are in a competition to win the opportunity to speak live with Tim Peake from the space station next year.

Witness appeal after fatal collision in Broadstairs

Fatal collision happened just after midnight

A man has died in a crash in Broadstairs. The fatal collision happened near The Broadway just after midnight this morning when a grey Volvo left the carriageway, mounted a pavement and hit two telecommunications boxes.

A 65-year-old man was confirmed dead at hospital. A passenger was treated for minor injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen what happened at the scene in St Peter’s Road at its junction with Gladstone Road.

'The driver, a 65-year-old old local man, was taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital where he was later confirmed dead. His next of kin has been informed.

'One passenger in the Volvo was treated for minor injuries and been discharged from hospital. there were no other vehicles involved but I would like any witnesses who saw the Volvo prior to or at the time of the collision to call our dedicated appeal line on 01622 798538, or email quoting incident 14-037.'

– Detective Sergeant Scott Lynch, Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit
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