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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.


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


Turner to showcase 'Risk' art exhibition

'Risk' exhibition starts at the Turner gallery in Margate

An art exhibition opening in Kent today aims to challenge the way people think about the unpredictable.

'Risk' at the Turner Contemporary in Margate includes more than 40 works by artists from around the world. The exhibits include footage of a burning plane and images of survivors of the Fukushima earthquake in Japan. The exhibition runs until the 17th of January 2016.

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
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