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Margate burglar jailed

Krystian Dubis has been sentenced to 28 months in prison Credit: Kent Police

A serial burglar who was caught after detectives tracked him down by his fingerprints has been sentenced to 28 months in prison.

Krystian Dubis, 23, of Athelstan Road, Margate, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 22 August after pleading guilty to burgling a dwelling in Cliftonville.

He entered the address in Stanley Road, through a window on 6 July and stole a laptop and charger worth £150.

Dubis was arrested on 25 July after officers found his fingerprints at the scene of the burglary.

He also admitted a charge of burglary other than dwelling in connection with stolen tools worth £1,000 taken from a communal cupboard in Union Crescent, Margate on 10 July.

"Due to overwhelming evidence by police Dubis had no option but to admit his guilt. This man showed little respect for people and stole their belongings without a second thought. I hope his sentence of 28 months will serve as a warning to anyone who is considering carrying out similar offences. Our team of detectives are committed to investigating reports of burglaries in the Thanet area and will continue to put their efforts into bringing offenders before the courts."

– Detective Sergeant Neil Watford, of Kent Police

Appeal for information following collision in Margate

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision in which a pedestrian suffered foot and ankle injuries on Tuesday 19 August.

Officers were called at 2.50pm following reports the pedestrian, an 18-year old man, had been in collision with a car in St Peter’s Road, Margate.

Reports suggest the woman who was driving the car, described as a silver Vauxhall Corsa, left the scene. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.

Enquiries are ongoing and officers would like to speak to the driver or anyone who saw the incident.


Man in his 60s dies after car crashes into building

The scene of the crash in Trinity Square Credit: @Lukehscotney

A man's died after his BMW crashed into a building in Margate. It happened in Trinity Square yesterday afternoon. Officers say the 62-year-old driver may have had a heart attack.

A cordon was put in place Credit: @Lukehscotney

His family has been told. Police are now appealing for anyone who saw what happened to get in touch.

Warning over inflatable dinghies

Two similar calls in 24 hours have prompted RNLI lifeboat crews in Margate to issue urgent warnings about venturing out to sea in inflatable dinghies in offshore wind conditions. Margate’s inshore lifeboat, along with RNLI lifeguards have this afternoon been involved in a 2nd incident in 24 hours.

Both incidents involved inflatable dinghies being blown out to sea by offshore winds. In this incident two people were brought to safety by the lifeboat and lifeguards from Botany Bay after being unable to return to shore.

RNLI guidance is clear: inflatables are great fun in pools but it is strongly advised that they are not used in the sea. If they are, only do so on a lifeguarded beach between the red and yellow flags. Never use an inflatable when the orange windsock is flying, and never in choppy sea conditions.

A feature of these two incidents was the distance offshore both were blown before being rescued. The importance of only using lifeguarded beaches is highlighted by the fact that it was thanks to the lifeguard’s vigilance that their plight was spotted. It is a very fine line between a story with a happy ending and a tragedy that can be avoided”.

– Peter Barker, deputy launching authority Margate lifeboat

Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' sells for £2.5 million

Tracey Emin's controversial My Bed artwork Credit: PA

Tracey Emin's controversial My Bed artwork, owned by Charles Saatchi, has been sold for £2,546,500 at an auction at Christie's in London.

The Margate-born artist was in the packed auction room to see My Bed fetch a record amount for her work.

The auction house was unable to immediately reveal the buyer.

The artwork, which made the 1999 Turner Prize shortlist, went up for sale with a guide price of between £800,000 and £1.2 million.

Saatchi, who paid £150,000 for the work in 2000, sold it to support the work of the Saatchi Gallery Foundation.


Firefighters tackle huge blaze at derelict building in Margate

Fire crews were called to Margate High Street early this morning Credit: Daniel McClarren
Fire crews were called to Margate High Street early this morning Credit: Daniel McClarren
Fire crews were called to Margate High Street early this morning Credit: Daniel McClarren
Fire crews were called to Margate High Street early this morning Credit: Daniel McClarren

Warning to arsonist: We will catch you

Dreamland in Margate has come perilously close to experiencing its worst nightmare: destruction by fire. The famous amusement park and iconic Scenic Railway were severely damaged in an arson attack six years ago.

Now a remarkable 20 million pound restoration project is starting to take shape. But last night fire-raisers struck again, triggering a review of security on the site. Nashreen Issa reports She spoke to Paul Thorn from Beacon Bingo and Thanet District Councillor Iris Johnston.

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