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The row over the route for HS1 - 10 years on

It's been ten years since the high speed line between Folkestone and London St Pancras was completed.

But it was talked about for 30 years before it was built. And one of the biggest sticking points was the route it should take.

There were several different options proposed over the years - through Sussex as well as Kent.

Abigail Bracken's been looking back at the rows over the route. Her report includes interviews Charing Parish Council's Cllr Tylden Reed and the former Conservative MP for Maidstone and the Weald, Ann Widdecombe.


Appeal after shop ram-raided in Folkestone

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a car smashed through a Tesco store in Folkestone during a robbery early this morning.

Officers received reports that a car had been used to force entry to a shop in Foord Road around 6am.

A quantity of cash is reported to have been stolen.

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No arrests have been made, and enquiries are ongoing.

Three further arrests made after suspicious death

The victim was found with serious injuries near to the harbour wall Credit: ITV Meridian

Three further arrests have been made in connection with the death of a man in Folkestone.

54 year old Steve Holton, was found with serious injuries near the harbour wall on Saturday.

A 28-year-old man, a 24-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man are all currently in custody as part of an investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

They are all from the Folkestone area.

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A total of seven arrests have now been made in connection with the incident.

Two people have been released pending further enquiries while the other five all remain in custody.

Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting reference ZY/39012/17.

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

REPORT: Parents criticise playground refurb for ignoring needs of disabled children

A new adventure playground in Kent has been criticised by the parents of disabled children who say there's no room for them.

The Radnor Park project in Folkestone is part of a series of refurbishments that has cost Shepway council £400,000.

Although it is attracting many families, there are complaints that the space does not cater for youngsters with special needs.

Iain McBride reports.

Iain spoke to parents Jade Bourne, Sarah Hill and Rachel Thomas.

UPDATE: Men arrested after suspicious death in Folkestone released

Two men, arrested in connection with the death of a man in Folkestone, have been released pending further investigations.

Kent Police was called at 2.24am on Saturday 19 August to a report that a man had been found with serious injuries near the harbour wall.

The man was found on Marine Parade near the Harbour wall Credit: Google Images

The victim, a local man aged in his fifties, was pronounced dead at the scene upon arrival of ambulance staff.

Officers carried out enquiries throughout the early hours and at about 5.30am they arrested a 56-year-old man from Folkestone in connection with the incident.

A second local man, aged in his thirties, was then arrested at midday. Both have since been released as enquiries continue.

The victim’s next of kin have been informed.


Investigations into man's death near Harbour Wall

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a man in Folkestone.

Police were called at 2.24am this morning to a report that a man had been found with serious injuries near the harbour wall. Ambulance staff attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man has not yet been identified and enquiries into the circumstances behind his death are ongoing.

The man was found on Marine Parade near the Harbour wall Credit: Google Earth

A 56-year-old man from Folkestone has been arrested in connection with the incident. He remains in custody.

Marine Parade was closed for a number of hours following the incident but has since reopened.

Jack the Ripper postcard to be auctioned

A postcard which may have been sent by serial killer Jack the Ripper, could fetch thousands of pounds at an auction in Folkestone.

The Ripper letters were key police evidence in the hunt for the criminal who murdered at least 5 women in East London in the 19th century - 129 years ago.

But they have never come up for sale... until now. Our reporter Nashreen Issa spoke to the postcard's owner Doreen Hall and painting expert Jonathan Riley.

UPDATE: Delays fixing Folkestone burst water main

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Affinity Water say the burst water main in Folkestone is taking longer to repair than first anticipated.

The affected water main is on Churchill Avenue, behind Downs Road and hundreds of gallons of water have been gushing down the road.

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The issues with the Affinity Water supply is predominantly affecting the CT19 postcode.

They promised to provide an update at 17.20 but as of 18.20 there has been nothing new since their website report earlier this afternoon:

Update 15:15

Our repair team have excavated the majority of the damaged pipework, however we have faced delays on site due to cables from other utilities being in close proximity to the water main. This means further dig work will need to be carried out by hand and naturally this takes longer than with a digger.

Our incident support manager is on site liaising with customers affected by flooding, and our team are working hard to contact our most vulnerable customers directly.

We are sorry for the disruption this incident has caused, and we appreciate your continued patience why we complete this tricky repair work.

This message will be updated further after 17:20

– Affinity Water website

If you are in the area but do still have a supply, Affinity Water also advised that residents store some water for drinking in case the supply has to be switched off to complete repairs.

Police attended the scene this morning to assist with traffic cone management.

Residents have reported water officials handing out bottles of water in the affected area.

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