The Folkestone arch

Walk Of WWI Heroes

How the infantrymen of the Great War are to be honoured in the last town they saw before leaving for battle.

Prince Charles

Gurkhas gather for Prince's visit

Prince Charles has piad tribute to the sacrifices Gurkhas in Folkestone have made while visiting the battalion.

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Romanian lorry driver arrested for stowaways

The Romanian driver of the lorry has been arrested by the French border police who will investigate.

Dave Hutchinson, Border Force Deputy Director for South East & Europe, said: “The dangers of using refrigerated lorries and sealed tankers in this way are self evident. The consequences are potentially fatal."

In 2000, 58 Chinese immigrants died after being sealed into the back of a lorry which was stopped at Dover.

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The lorry was stopped by Border Force officers in France Credit: Border Force

Stowaways all thought to be Albanian nationals

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48 stowaways were found in the back of a lorry in France Credit: Border Force

The stowaways, 41 male and seven female, are all said to be in good health. They were handed over to the French authorities. Three of the group were believed to be minors.

The lorry was empty apart from the stowaways, all though to be Albanian nationals. It was scheduled to drive to a location in Dover to pick up a load for delivery to France.

It had no external lock or seal when it was checked by Border Force officers. The refrigeration unit was not turned on.


Staff Go Down The Slippery Slope

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

We often hear the phrase 'all work and no play' but one manage thought that if he could combine the two, he might get better results from his team. So to keep spirits up he created something you'd normally see in a playground.

But has it achieved the desired results - or are his workers on a slippery slope to disaster? David Johns has been finding out, speaking to Building Manager James Avery, two employees, and Sales Manager Russell Bailey.

Two police officers stabbed in Folkestone

Two police officers are being treated for stab wounds in hospital after being attacked while carrying out a warrant in Folkestone.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently in custody at Folkestone Police Station.

It happened in St Michael’s Street where Kent Police are currently making further inquiries.

Plans to close Folkestone Harbour branch line

Network Rail has announced that it proposes to close the Folkestone Harbour branch line and Folkestone Harbour station.

The line hasn't been used by passenger services as part of the national rail network since 2001 and only chartered services have operated in recent years.

An assessment by Network Rail concluded it would not be financially appropriate or responsible to continue to maintain it.

The recommendation covers the railway line between Folkestone East Junction and Folkestone Harbour and Folkestone Harbour station and that they close at the earliest opportunity.

We have carried out an extensive assessment of the Folkestone Harbour branch line, taking all aspects into consideration. We feel it would be irresponsible of us to continue to maintain this unused line, largely at the taxpayers’ expense, at a time when we are doing all we can to make the rest of our business more efficient. The consultation is an opportunity to comment on these proposals and ensure that all opinions are taken into consideration before a final decision is made.”

– Fiona Taylor, Network Rail’s route managing director for Kent


Family pay tribute to Folkestone murder victim

Tim Clayton Credit: Kent Police

The family of a man who was murdered in Folkestone have paid tribute to him. Tim Clayton died following serious head injuries. A 54-year-old man has been charged with his murder.

His daughter Jessica, said: 'Dad was always smiling. We all knew he had his demons but despite what was going on in his life, he would always go out of his way to help other people.'

His son Jake said: 'It has been amazing that people have said that they remember him although he may have only served them once. I think it is because he would always do that little bit extra to ensure that customers received a good service.'

Witness appeal after statue stolen from Kent church

We are in the process of reviewing CCTV of the area and are keen to hear from any witnesses who may have information useful to this case. I am keen to speak with three teenagers who were seen outside the church, they are reportedly two boys and a girl. The girl was heard shouting 'I've got a candle'.

The theft of such an iconic statue from a display which was commemorating Remembrance Sunday is a huge mark of disrespect and we are keen to find those responsible in an effort to both bring them to justice and return the statue to the church."

– PC Michael Kendall, Kent Police

Statue stolen from Remembrance Day display

Virgin Mary Statue stolen Credit: Kent Police

Police are investigating the theft of a statue of the Virgin Mary which was stolen from a special Remembrance Day display at a church in Folkestone.

The incident occurred on 10 November 2013, between 1.15pm and 1.25pm at the Church of our Lady of Christians in Guildhall Street, Folkestone.

The statue is valued to be worth around £600.

Five arrested in murder investigation

A 54-year-old man is due in court later, charged with the murder of a man in Folkestone.

Brian Sharp was arrested on Sunday afternoon, 10th November 2013. Another man, aged 25 and from Folkestone, also arrested on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail until 28th November 2013.

Three men of no fixed address were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of assault. Two of the men, aged 28 and 38, have been released without charge. The third man, aged 44, has been released on bail pending further enquiries until 6 December.

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