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Petition to save Kent airport reaches Downing Street


26,505 ppl sign No10 petition 2 explore options 2 #SaveManston airport after it was suddenly (suspiciously) shut down


A petition has been presented to 10 Downing Street as part of an effort to save Manston Airport.

Sir Roger Gale MP, Laura Sandys MP and a small delegation group from the Save Manston Airport group presented the petition to the Prime Minister.

We spoke to campaigner Dan Light after he was part of the group handing the petition into Downing Street.

Sleeping man robbed at train station

A young man was robbed while he was sleeping at a train station in Kent.

The 23-year-old victim had his wallet and phone stolen at Canterbury West train station in the early hours of Saturday 5th July.

Officers are appealing for information after a man’s wallet and phone were stolen Credit: British Transport Police

The stolen items include a black iPhone 4, which has a crack on the reverse, and a brown leather wallet, containing bank cards, ID cards and a small amount of cash.

“The 23-year-old victim, from Ashford, Kent, was waiting on a bench on a London-bound platform shortly before 5am.

“He fell asleep and then a man sat next to him and removed the items, worth a combined £500, from his pockets before leaving the station.

We are issuing two stills of a man who we believe has information which can help us with our enquiries into this incident."

– Detective Sergeant Leigh Marshall
The theft happened in the early hours of Saturday, 5th July Credit: British Transport Police


Kent nurse with cannibalism fetish found guilty of promising to behead and eat a 14-year-old girl

A male NHS nurse with a cannibalism fetish has been found guilty of trying to meet a 14-year-old girl after sexually grooming her and promising to behead and eat her.

Dale Bolinger, 58, bought an axe from a DIY store in Broadstairs, Kent, the day before he planned to meet the girl, who he groomed online.

He chatted with the teenager, a Mexican girl called "Eva" said to be living in Germany, on a website called the Dark Fetish Network (DFN).

In conversations, Bolinger described sex acts he wanted to perform on her and how he would murder her, which she said she wanted to happen.<

After a four-day trial at Canterbury Crown Court, Bolinger was found guilty of attempting to meet a girl under the age of 16 following sexual grooming, after three hours of deliberation by jurors.

Six charged following early morning raids

Six men have been charged with conspiracy to steal after raids were carried out at dawn into heavy good vehicle thefts.

The early morning search warrants were conducted at 14 addresses in Dover following a 12 month investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Lee Henley Gilmore, 32, of Sidney Powell Avenue, Liverpool, Jeffrey Hamid, 31, of Hargate Road, Liverpool, and Graham Ascroft, 55, Higher Lane, Holmes Tarleton, Preston, Lancashire, have been charged with conspiracy to steal and have been remanded.

They are due to appear before Maidstone Crown Court on 30 July.

John Dahl, 43, of Aysgarth Avenue, Liverpool, has been charged with conspiracy to steal and remanded.

Darren John Michael Price, 39, previously of County Road, Kirby, Liverpool, has also been charged with conspiracy to steal and has been bailed to the 30 July.

Stuart Nicolson, 47, of Bindon Blood Road, Whitfield, Dover, has been charged with conspiracy to steal.

Two men aged 46 and 44 from the Merseyside area have been arrested and bailed until 15 October pending further enquiries.

Homes and streets flooded as roads turn into rivers

A number of homes and roads were flooded in Kent and across the south-east of England after the Met Office issued a "yellow" warning for rain across the region. Viewers in Sittingbourne, Teynham and Gravesend have all reported torrential rain leading to flash flooding.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service said it dealt with incidents including a house fire following a lightning strike, people stranded in vehicles stuck in flood water, cables arcing and hedgerow fires.


Roads submerged as flash floods follow thunderstorms


We've added even more pictures to our story on the flooding in parts of #Kent this afternoon


Areas of Kent hit by flooding during heavy rain & thunder: Sittingbourne, Teynham, Bobbing


Astonishing storm in Sittingbourne. Rain relentless. Biggest raindrops you've ever seen


Kayakers rescued by light on their mobile phones

Two kayakers have been rescued thanks to the light of their mobile phone after they got into trouble off Palm Bay Cliftonville. The alarm was raised by two members of the public who saw the two kayakers come out of their crafts.

Due to the weather conditions and darkness both the inshore and all-weather RNLI lifeboats from Margate were tasked to assist. The two kayakers were found, clinging to a dry-bag, around three-quarters of a mile offshore.

Two kayakers were rescued from the water Credit: RNLI

They were spotted thanks to the light from their mobile phone, neither were wearing lifejackets. They were taken on board the lifeboat and both were showing signs of possible hypothermia and shock.

“These two men are lucky to be alive. They owe their lives to the quick response of the lifeboat crew and the extraordinarily good fortune of being detected, while in the water, by the light of their mobile phone."

– Peter Barker, Margate lifeboat

Appeal for adoptive families for children in need in Kent

Appeal for adoptive families Credit: ITV news

Anyone who has thought about adoption in Kent can now come to an open day to find out about children who need families of their own.

The information event on 19 July is part of a new adoption campaign which is focussing on 35 children in particular who urgently need to find homes. The Council is particularly keen to hear from people who could consider adopting brothers and sisters, children aged between 4 and 8 years old or those children needing extra support.

At the event, there will be a chance to talk to adopters about their own experiences, the process, and how they found their own children.

The event is taking place between 10:30 to 2pm, Saturday 19 July, Hilton Maidstone, Bearsted Road, ME14 5AA.

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