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More than a hundred years of military history comes to an end

A ceremony to mark the closure of the army's South East Brigade took part in Dover today, bringing more than a hundred years of military history to an end.The Brigade, which has its HQ in Folkestone, will merge with another in Hampshire. It's part of a wider campaign to restructure the army. Andrea Thomas was at the service. In her report we hear from the outgoing Commander of 2 (South East) Brigade, Brigadier Chris Claydon and Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois MP.


Man who stole children's firewood apologises

A man who stole firewood collected for sale by two children has met them to apologise for his actions.

The 61-year-old enlisted the help of his grandson in stealing two bags of kindling from outside a house in Bishopsbourne, near Canterbury, on Saturday 18 October.

CCTV footage of the scene showed the man driving away in a red Peugeot 407, which was later spotted by ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) cameras in Folkestone and tracked down to an address in Ash.

He voluntarily attended Canterbury police station on 18 November and admitted to stealing the wood, which was valued at £8.

Following a discussion with the children’s parents, it was agreed that the man should make amends by meeting the family to apologise.

The children had collected, chopped and bagged the wood and planned to sell it for some pocket money. The man who took it clearly did not consider their feelings but has now accepted what he did was wrong. As well as apologising to the family, he also agreed to pay the children £20 each as a way of making amends for his actions.

– Sergeant Martin Williams
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Remembrance services in the south-east

Services of commemoration and remembrance have been held across the south-east today. Cities, towns and villages came to a standstill as people young and old stopped to think about the impact of conflict around the world.

David Johns reports, speaking to Tug Wilson, chairman of Chatham RNA; Warrant Officer Tony Matthews of the Royal Navy; and Mrs Susan Bavin, daughter of Sittingbourne VC recipient Donald Dean.

Man who fell from 20ft building finally meets his lifesavors

A Folkestone handyman who survived a 20ft fall from the town hall roof has finally met the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance team who flew to his aid.

Pete Philips, 53, suffered a fractured skull and severely injured arm after plunging from the Guildhall Street building. He was flown by the charity helicopter to King’s College Hospital in London where he underwent an emergency operation to repair an artery and restore the blood flow to his arm.

Pete has now made a full recovery and yesterday met Dr Leonieke Vlaanderen and Paramedic Alan Cowley for the first time since his accident last month.

Dr Leonieke Vlaanderen, Pete Philips and Paramedic Alan Cowley. Credit: AirAmbulance

It’s been absolutely amazing and brilliant to meet them and I can’t thank them enough for what they did. I’m just glad to be alive. I can’t remember much about what happened so they were able to fill in the gaps in my memory. It’s a brilliant charity and everybody should contribute to keep it going.

– Pete Philips

The father-of three, a former North Sea miner from Newcastle, spent six days in hospital before returning to his Bradstone Road home and is now planning to return to work later this month.


Man jailed for child sex crimes in Kent

A man has been jailed for nine years for a string of child sex offences.

Angus Burgoyne

Angus Burgoyne, 42, formerly of Elham, near Folkestone was sentenced to nine years in prison with an additional three years on licence when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court.

He had been convicted on 18 July this year for a total of 11 offences.

He pleaded guilty to six charges of possessing indecent images of children, one charge of taking indecent photographs and one charge of distributing indecent photograph.

He was also found guilty of inciting sexual activity with a boy under 13, and two charges of sexual assault on a girl under 13.

When detectives seized his computers in 2012 they found more than 1,500 indecent images of children, ranging from levels 1 to 5.

Treasure-seekers strike gold on Kent beach

The hunt for gold continues today on a Kent beach as the first diggers to uncover the buried treasure have been announced.

A German artist sparked the 'gold rush' on Folkestone Harbour, where hundreds of people with buckets, spades and metal detectors have descended on the beach.

Artist Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 bars of pure gold under the sand as part of a public art festival.

Names of first confirmed beach gold finders revealed

Megan Henderson, Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood confirmed as first people to find gold on beach in Folkestone Credit: Folkestone Triennial

The organisers of the Folkestone Triennial gold hunt on a beach in Folkestone have revealed the names of the first people confirmed to have found the precious metal buried in the sand.

Kevin Wood, Kirsty Henderson and her sister Megan Henderson from Canterbury made their discovery at about 7pm on Friday evening. They had been digging for about an hour before low tide. Each gold bar is worth about £500.

The gold before it was buried in the sand Credit: Folkestone Triennial

“My legs went from under me and I started shaking,” Kevin recalled. “I put it quietly in my pocket. We left the beach and half way home, we pulled over for a drink.”

– Kevin Wood, Treasure hunter
Kirsty Henderson and Kevin Wood at the Kent beach where they made their discovery Credit: Folkestone Triennial
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