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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Margate woman charged with attempted murder

A woman from Margate has been charged with attempted murder after a a 32-year-old man was seriously assaulted. 42-year-old Maria Francis, of Ethlebert Terrace, Margate was arrested and charged with the offence shortly before midnight yesterday (Monday, 30 September).

She has been refused bail and is due to appear before Magistrates today (Tuesday, 1 October).


Thief with unusual tastes

You'd think most burglars were after cash, jewellery or mobile phones. But one thief is rather more refined. He's been targeting exotic ingredients.

A so-called gastro burglar has raided the food store of an Indian restaurant in Margate twice.

He locks the chefs in the kitchen, grabs the food and makes his getaway. But his antics have been caught on CCTV as Tom Savvides explains.

Thief with spicy taste caught on camera

You'd think most burglars were after cash, jewellery or mobile phones. But one thief is rather more refined. He's been targeting exotic ingredients.

A so-called 'gastro burglar' has been caught on CCTV making his getaway with a bag full of food, after twice raiding the store of an Indian restaurant in Margate. He locked the chefs in the kitchen, grabbed the food and then made off.

Bed, Breakfast and amazing art

Plans for the regeneration of Margate have continued with proposals for a multimillion pound hotel on the town's seafront. Local businesses and some tourists say there's not enough hotel accommodation for the resort - and that today's scheme will help address the problem.

The County Council, which backs the plans, sees today's development as supporting the tourist numbers for the Turner Contemporary Gallery which opened two years ago.

John Ryall has been speaking to architect Guy Hallaway, hotelier Jane Bishop and Paul Carter from Kent County Council.


Welcome to the Hotel Turner Contemporary

Plans to build a multi-million hotel, near the Turner Contemporary in Margate have been unveiled today. The proposals include a six floor-building with sixty-bedrooms and eighteen serviced apartments.

It's being built as part of the project to regenerate the town's historic seafront. The plans will be submitted to the council by the end of this year.

Rain stops play?

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

It's been torrential across much of the south east today but the weather for much of the summer has been glorious. What a contrast to last year's washout! For many local businesses and tourist attractions, the good weather was crucial.

So how have they done in the last few months? David Johns has been to find out, speaking to Kevin Attwood from the Kent County Agricultural Society; shopkeeper Peter Avey; and David Foley from the Thanet & East Kent Chamber of Commerce.

Clean-up as council moves onto theme park site

For years, the abandoned site of one the region's biggest theme parks has been in decay but now its future looks a little more certain. The keys to Dreamland in Margate have been handed to the local council and a trust hoping to bring the attraction back to life.

But there are still obstacles along the way, not least of all another court hearing. We speak to Cllr Iris Johnston from Thanet Council, Jan Leandro from Dreamland Trust and Toby Hunter from DreamlandLive.

Thanet Council are new owners of Dreamland site

The Dreamland site in Margate Credit: Meridian

Thanet District Council are now the new owners of the derelict Dreamland site in Margate. A compulsory purchase order, transferring ownership to the council, was approved by the government last month.

The site will be turned into a heritage park with historical rides and sideshows. It's due to open in 2015.

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