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Hospital claims staff abused after moving an RAF airman away from other patients

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A hospital which moved an RAF airman from a waiting area claiming his uniform could cause offence to other patients, says it's been subject to abuse since the story broke.

It was reported that aircraft engineer Mark Prendeville was taken to A&E after chemicals from a fire extinguisher got in to his eyes during a training exercise.

The 38-year-old, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was taken to an empty corner of the waiting room before being moved behind a corner by hospital staff.

In a statement the QEQM hospital in Margate aimed to clarify the story.

The member of staff who offered the sergeant an opportunity to move into the main A&E department rather than remain in the waiting room was acting in good faith and was simply trying to be kind and helpful to the patient.

A few days earlier she had witnessed an incident in which some unruly members of the public had abused a member of the military in the A&E waiting room and she was keen to ensure the RAF sergeant was not subjected to similar abuse.

Over the course of the last 48 hours, as a result of this story, our staff have been subject to a number of abusive and threatening calls, comments and messages. We are seeking advice from the police in relation to some of these calls.

– Chris Bown, Chief Executive of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

MEP takes up cause of RAF airman whose uniform was 'offensive to patients'

South East MEP Janice Atkinson has said she will be asking the chief executive of the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate, why they moved an injured RAF serviceman to a side room because his uniform may offend some people.

The first job of government is to protect its citizens, this man was doing his job. He has served this country to protect us, whether you believe our recent armed conflicts were right or wrong.

– Janice Atkinson , South East MEP


Man killed and buried in plastic bag is named

A person who was killed and buried in a plastic bag in Epping Forest has been identified as a man from Margate.

The body of 53-year old Hidir Aksakal, also known as Boxer Cetin and Musa Yakut, was found close to Hollow Ponds on Whipps Cross Road in North East London on Wednesday, 9th September.

Mr Aksakal, a Turkish national, lived in Margate, but had close links to the Green Lanes area of Haringey.

He was last seen in Green Lanes in the early hours of Monday, 17 August.

Murder victim Hidir Aksakal Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police were called by a member of the public after reports of a body, partially buried and wrapped in plastic, close to Hollow Ponds along Whipps Cross Road.

The body of a man was removed from the area on Thursday, 10th September.

The body was decomposed. It remains unclear how long it had been at the scene.

We are keen to hear from anyone who saw Mr Aksakal in the area or has any information about where he went afterwards. Mr Aksakal was well known locally as 'Boxer Cetin' or 'Cetin Boxer' and we are hopeful that those in the Green Lanes community may have information to help with our investigation. People should be reassured that they can speak to us in complete confidence

– Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Piscopo

Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the Hollow Ponds area over the last few weeks.

Two men arrested over fatal Margate stabbing

Two men aged 23 and 49 have been arrested on suspicion of murder by detectives in Kent investigating the death of a man found injured in Margate.

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses. Officers had been called to reports of a disturbance in Market Place in the town at about 1am on Saturday 12th September. The victim was found with an injury. He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital for medical attention, but he was later pronounced dead.

The two arrested men are in police custody pending further inquiries. The investigation continues.

Art meets car boot sale in Margate

Hundreds of people flocked to an art sale with a difference in Margate this afternoon.

The "art car boot" event saw new works from an array of local artists alongside those from big names including Margate's own Tracey Emin; Jim Moir - otherwise known as Vic Reeves - and Sir Peter Blake. The sale is a chance for the public to buy art directly from its creator.

Here's a few shots of the event:

And this is what the celebrities had to say about their day here:

Art car boot sale heads to Emin's hometown of Margate

Art fans in Margate hoping to snap up a bargain Credit: David Johns

The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Sale is taking place in Kent today, with names from the art world travelling to Margate to take advantage of the occasion.

Among the big names attending the event are the artist Tracey Emin, who grew up in the Kent town. The event, which combines a classic car boot sale and an art fair, was set up by Karen Ashton, who came up with the idea in 2004. Other artists taking part include Gavin Turk, Rachel Howard, Vic Reeves and Sir Peter Blake.

Tracey Emin behind a stall at Art Car Boot Sale in Margate


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Full report: Kent Pride 2015, in "Margayte"

Hundreds of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people marched through Thanet today in a "Kent Pride" procession. There had been concern that the celebration of the LGBT community could be marred after anti-gay leaflets were posted throughout Margate ahead of the event. In the end though, all was fine, as David Johns reports.

He spoke to organiser Tony Bee, Andrew Bigginton from Kent Fire & Rescue Service, plus campaigner Peter Tatchell.

Photos of Kent Pride shared on social media

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