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Fishermen in fight over conservation zone

Fishermen in Whitstable Credit: PA

Hundreds of fishermen say they are fighting for their livelihoods today. They say a proposed fishing ban to preserve stocks would be disastrous for the east Kent fleet.

The Government plans to turn Kent's most important fishing ground into a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).

Fishermen say the move would deliver a "killer blow" to 100-plus fishing boats at Folkestone, Hythe, Whitstable and Dungeness.

Environmentalists, however, say the zones are necessary to preserve fish and sea creature habitats.

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Beach huts broken into

Police at Hythe in Hampshire are investigating after 17 beach huts were broken into or damaged shortly before Christmas.

Between 2pm Saturday and 8am Sunday, December 22 and 23, thieves cut off padlocks and broke into the huts. Cutlery, gas cylinders and tea towels were stolen.

Police want to hear from anyone who noticed vehicles parked in the area of Calshot Beach at the time.

Hunt for gunman: first pictures

Police have closed the road beside the hotel Credit: Tom Savvides

Kent police have launched an investigation after reports of a man threatening staff at hotel in Hythe with a gun.

They were called to a hotel in Princes Parade at 10:30am this morning following a report that a man had entered the hotel and made threats towards a member of staff.

He was reportedly carrying a firearm.

Guests have been evacuated and the man is still believed to be inside the building.

A police care blocks the road in Hythe Credit: Tom Savvides

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Police hunting gunman in Kent

Kent police have launched an investigation after reports of a man threatening staff at hotel with a gun.

They were called to a hotel in Princes Parade in Hythe at 10:30am this morning following a report that a man had entered the hotel and made threats towards a member of staff.

He was reportedly carrying a firearm.

Armed officers attended and the hotel took the decision to evacuate guests. A search is ongoing for the suspect. No one was injured in the incident. The road is currently closed.

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