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Shake-up at the top as Hornby battles poor sales

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Shares at the Margate-based toymaker Hornby have surged by 35 per cent after an announcement its chief executive is standing down.

The company - which owns brands such as Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi - said chairman Roger Canham would take over as executive chairman following the departure of Richard Ames with immediate effect.

The shake-up comes after the company warned of mounting losses last week.

The group had said UK trading was far worse than expected in January as its new year promotions failed to boost flagging sales.

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Wave of anger at lifeboat station planned for Margate beach

Plans for a modern lifeboat station in Margate are dividing the community.

The RNLI want to build on the beach, near the new Turner Contemporary gallery, to make launches quicker and safer. But some people say the building is ugly and will cut the town's famous beach in two.

Last year Margate's two lifeboats were called out 40 times and rescued 45 people. But the current location of the station makes it sometimes difficult to launch. Sarah Saunders spoke to the RNLI and local residents and businesses.

Parents keep up campaign to save deaf school

More than 20,000 people have signed a petition to save the Royal Deaf School in Margate.

It was announced earlier this month that it was being put into adminstration, after the trust that ran the school had run into financial difficulties.

Campaigners are now calling for new funding to be found to re-open the site. Derek Johnson has been speaking with parent Sonja Bigg and Terry Riley from the British Deaf Association.

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Come and claim back your stolen property says Kent Police

More than two thousand items, stolen during thefts in Kent, are now going on show so they can be reunited with their owners. Kent Police are keen to trace who they once belonged to. Andrea Thomas spoke to David Woodgate, who was reunited with his property and Detective Sergeant Lopa McDermott from Kent Police. And if you've had property stolen in East Kent between September 2014 and June this this year and you think it may be in this collection you can contact DS McDermott on 07870 252377

Have you seen missing Michael from Margate?

Michael Wiles has gone missing from Margate Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police are appealing for help to trace a man who has gone missing from his home in Margate. Michael Wiles was last seen at on Wellesley Road in the town at 8 o'clock this morning.

He is 6ft 1in tall, of a slim build. It is not known what he wa swearing when he disappeared, but he usually wears casual shirts with jeans.

‘It is out of character for him to go missing like this and his family are very worried about him.’

– Inspector Steve Impey, Kent Police
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