High Court hears Dreamland appeal

Thanet Council's plans to create a multi-million pound heritage amusement park have come under attack at the High Court.

Heroic rescue by neighbour

A mother and five children were trapped on the first floor of a house in Vicarage Place, Margate after a fire started on the ground floor.

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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

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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

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

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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.

Kent council 'grateful' for public's quick thinking after railway fire

The leader of a Kent council has praised the public for their help in reporting the fire that broke out at a scenic railway site last night.

Members of the public called the emergency services after the Dreamland site in Margate caught alight - which is believed to have been started deliberately.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service managed to quickly extinguish the fire and there was no damage to the Grade II listed structure.

We are very grateful to the members of the public who reported the incident last night and to the Fire Service for their quick and effective response.

Council officers attended to assess the damage, along with our partners at The Dreamland Trust, and are back on site this morning to review what measures need to be put in place to prevent a repeat incident.

Thankfully there has not been any damage to the Scenic Railway and plans will progress as scheduled to develop the exciting new amusement park.”

– Cllr Iris Johnston, Thanet Council Leader
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