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Family of young scout pay tribute to 'lovely son'

The family of a 12-year-old Scout who died after collapsing during an international gathering in Finland, have described him as a 'lovely son'.

Charlie Girling

Charlie Girling, from the 1st Aylesford Scout Group in Kent, died while attending Roihu 2016, the international Finnish Jamboree, on Sunday evening.

We are so saddened at the loss of our lovely son, Charlie. He was much loved by us and his brother and sister. We have been overwhelmed by the lovely messages that we have received about Charlie, and how much he was loved by his friends and those who knew him.

Although Charlie’s life was short, he lived life to the full, and we are so sad that he will never fulfil all his dreams. He was a keen footballer, did well at school and enjoyed Scouts and we are so proud of all that he achieved. We will miss his cheeky smile, floppy hair and our goodnight cuddles.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their care, to everyone at Roihu who could not have done more for Charlie and then looked after us so well since, and to the leaders of 1st Aylesford Scout Group and the wider Scouting family for all their help and support.

– Helene, Les, Abby and Jack Girling


Litterbugs receive fines totalling more than £4500

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Thirteen people have appeared in court after a crackdown on dropping litter in Thanet.

The offenders had ignored fixed penalty notices and reminders. They face fines and costs of more than £362 each.

Thanet Council has issued the following reminders:

  • There will be no warnings - if you drop any litter (including cigarette butts or chewing gum) you will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80
  • Not having a bin to hand is not an excuse for littering
  • The offence is complete once the item is deposited and left
  • Placing a cigarette end down a drain is still an offence which will result in a fine
  • You can use bins without ashtrays, extinguish the cigarette first, and then place it in the bin
  • If a littering case goes to court, an offender risks receiving a fine of up to £2,500

Rail ticket office staff to be balloted for strike action

Rail passengers who use Southern and Thameslink services are facing more misery after the rail Union RMT decided to ballot hundreds of ticket office staff for strike action.

Southern says changes would improve services for customers Credit: PA

The union says GTR, which owns the companies, wants to close ticket offices and cut 130 jobs.

The new action is on top of the chaos being caused by an on-going dispute over the roll of guards.

Under the plan new roles of Station Hosts will be created that will see staff removed from ticket offices and sent onto platforms to assist passengers and sell tickets.

The impact of their proposals cannot be underestimated. GTR want to close ticket offices, or cut them to morning peak only, at 83 stations from as far afield as Kings Lynn and Bognor Regis. As a means of doing this they plan to introduce a new multi-functional role of Station Host which we estimate will result in a cut of at least 130 jobs.

– RMT Union

GTR insists it is the best use of staff time and will improve services for passengers.

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