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Disused pub in Margate on fire - firefighters at scene

Firefighters tackle a fire at the disused Holly Tree pub in Margate Credit: Ian Pulman

More than twenty firefighters are tackling a blaze at a disused pub in Margate.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service sent four fire engines to the scene after being called out this morning. The Holly Tree pub in Holly Lane was well alight. However there are no reported injuries. The cause is not yet known.

Firefighters are advising people living in the area to keep their windows and doors shut.

Margate man jailed for multiple sex offences against children

James McCaw, 26, was found guilty of multiple sex offences against children Credit: Kent Police

A Margate man has been jailed for multiple sex offences against children between 2007 and 2008.

James McCaw, 26, from Trinity Square, was found guilty of attempted rape, rape, assault of a child, sexual assault of a child and two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

He has been jailed for 16 years.

We are pleased McCaw is now in prison after committing these terrible crimes and urge anyone who has ever been the victim of an unreported sexual offence to contact us"

– Detective Constable Jennifer Brightman


Dreamland pushes to recruit local workers

Dreamland re-opened its doors in 2015 Credit: PA

Dreamland in Margate is holding a recruitment fair today, to find seasonal workers for the busy summer months. They're hoping to attract local candidates. 96 per cent of the park's workforce is currently from Kent.

There will be a wide range of seasonal roles to apply for; the park is looking for retail and customer services staff, ride operators, restaurant and bar hosts, facilities and security staff and entertainers.

Those wishing to apply to work at the entertainment park are invited to attend the fair on Friday 17th March 2017 from 1pm until 4pm.

Woman in 70s rescued from overturned car in Margate

Firefighters have helped an elderly woman whose car overturned in Nash Road in Margate. Crews got the woman, believed to be in her 70s, out of the car using hydraulic equipment as a precautionary measure.

The woman suffered minor injuries when the vehicle rolled onto its side. No other vehicles are thought to have been involved. Kent Fire & Rescue Service say that she has been handed over to the care of paramedics.


Service honours Asian sailors who died in wartime

Two sailors killed when their ship struck a mine off the Kent coast have been honoured almost eighty years after their death.

The men were among hundreds from across Asia who worked on British merchant ships during the Second World War.

Their graves had been lost until recently. But now a pair of headstones in Margate mark the place where they were buried.

We speak to: Max Dutton from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Thanet council chairman Cllr Rev Stuart Piper and Peter Barker from Margate RNLI.

Police investigate sexual assault on 14-year-old boy

Kent police investigate sexual assault in Margate Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating a sexual assault in Margate have released an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to.

The incident is reported to have occurred on Friday 10 June at about 8am when the victim, a 14-year-old boy was waiting at a bus stop in Ramsgate Road, when he says a man approached him and touched him inappropriately. The victim ran away and contacted police.

The man is described as white, aged between 45 and 55-years-old, about 5ft 7ins with grey hair. He was wearing a grey knitted jumper and dark jeans.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Richard Lown said: 'I am keen to hear from anyone who may have seen this man in the area or who may recognise him.'

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/019230/16 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Free entry - bold strategy to boost Dreamland figures

First day of free entry for Dreamland attraction in Kent

Margate's Dreamland attraction is celebrating its first birthday with the launch of a bold new business strategy. The vintage amusement park is scrapping admission charges to boost visitor numbers. Instead, fun seekers will pay for individual rides. Managers hope the move will rescue the site from financial crisis. John Ryall reports.

The interviewee is Eddie Kemsley, Dreamland's Chief Executive.

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