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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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Gold diggers descend on Folkestone beach

A German artist has sparked an extraordinary 'gold rush' on the Kent coast. Hundreds of people with buckets, spades and metal detectors have descended on the beach at Folkestone Harbour to search for buried bullion.

Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 bars of pure gold under the sand as part of a public art festival. A few fortune-hunters have struck gold. But 20-plus of the ingots are still there for the taking.

David Johns explains, talking to treasure-seekers and the project organiser Claire Doherty.


Search for gold in Folkestone continues

Buckets and spades at the ready as people continue to search the beach in Folkestone Credit: David Johns

A German artist has sparked an unlikely gold rush by burying thousands of pounds worth of the precious metal on a Kent beach as part of an arts festival.

Berlin-based Michael Sailstorfer has hidden 30 bars of 24-carat gold, worth £10,000, under the sand of the Outer Harbour beach in Folkestone as part of the town's triennial.

£10,000 of gold buried on Folkestone beach - but is it art?

Hundreds of beachcombers are searching the sands of Folkestone today for thirty gold discs hidden on the beach by a German artist. The hidden treasure is part of an artistic productions by Michael Sailstorfer for the town's triennial art festival. It's an event that happens every three years and sees thought provoking work in galleries and local streets.

The beach, which becomes partly covered at high tide, is open to the public. The pieces of gold are dispersed across a wide expanse of beach, which is only revealed during low-tide.

Metal discs have also been scattered on the beach so people searching with metal detectors may not find it as easy to find the gold as they think.

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Bertha storm: Collapsed ceiling, localised flooding and transport delays.

The region prepared itself for torrential rain and gale force winds today as the remains of Hurricane Bertha arrived. The storm caused part of a supermarket ceiling to collapse in Maidstone, localised flooding across the region and transport delays - but in most areas, it had cleared away by the late afternoon.

Sarah Saunders' report has viewer footage from Ian Duffus and Charlotte Thurston. She spoke to flood victim Bill Smith and weather forcaster Philippa Drew.

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