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Elderly man killed in road collision

A man in his seventies has died in a road collision in Deal. Kent Police were called to the incident at the junction of Victoria Road and Marine Road at 11.40 this morning. The man, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers have spoken to a number of witnesses but still want to contact the driver of a long wheelbase transit-type van that was amongst vehicles in the area at the time. Anyone with information is urged to call Kent Police on 01622 798538.

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£10million sea defences begin

Work is to start this month on a £10million sea defence project along the Kent coast.

The project hopes to reduce the risk of tidal flooding to more than 1,500 homes and businesses in Deal.

The Environment Agency will put up a 200m long rock barrier north of Sandown Castle. The rock will be delivered to the castle by barge from Norway.

The ambitious scheme also hopes to protect the Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay Special Protection Area and Ramsar Site, the Sandwich Bay Special Area of Conservation; the railway line between Ramsgate and Dover in addition to historic monuments and listed buildings in North Deal.

This is a big project that will make a big difference to Deal. It will make Deal safer for years to come, but also change the look of the seafront.

So, as works begin, do go and see the exhibition at the Royal Hotel to see what it will look like and the changes the works will bring."

– Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal

Majority of secondary schools in Kent now academies

Almost two thirds of secondary schools in Kent are now academies according to new government figures.

But primary schools are not taking up the new initative with just eight percent of schools making the change.

Nationally fifty four percent of secondary schools are already academies or are in the process of becoming academies.

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