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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

Credit: Jackie Andrews

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.

Credit: Jackie Andrews

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.


Thousands of patients 'in limbo' as GP surgery to close

Five thousand patients at a surgery in Kent have been told the centre is to close.

The Folkestone East Family Practice says it's struggling to recruit new GPs and will shut in November. The move has angered patients who say they've been left in limbo.

NHS managers say they're trying to make alternative arrangements for patients.

Sandra Cannadine, patient:

100 years on: Folkestone marks one of the worst civilian disasters of the Great War

Credit: British Pathé

It was one of the worst civilian disasters of the Great War.

Sixty one people, most of them shoppers, were killed when a single bomb fell on a crowded street in Folkestone.

More died across Kent on the same day in what was the first bombing raid on Britain carried out by aircraft.

One hundred years on from the disaster - and relatives are gathering to mark the tragedy.

As Derek Johnson reports.

Serial shoplifter who showed 'no remorse' is jailed

Ben Laker, 24, has been jailed for 630 days Credit: Kent Police

A serial shoplifter who police say had "no remorse" has been jailed.

Ben Laker, 24, stole jewellery from a shop in Folkestone's Old High Street in in the early hours of Thursday 1st December last year, smashing a window to get in.

Laker was arrested when blood found on the inside of the window matched his DNA.

He pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, and six counts of shoplifting, carried out in Folkestone between Wednesday 4 January and Friday 27 January 2017.

He also admitted to breaching a suspended sentence twice for other thefts.

Laker was sentenced to a total of 630 days in prison.

Laker acted without any respect for his victims and showed no remorse. I am pleased he has received time in prison where he can no longer pose a threat to the public.

– Detective Constable Jacqui Mennie, Investigating officer
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