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Ramsgate Tunnels: the inside story of the "town beneath a town"

It was one of Kent's best kept secrets, but during the war thousands of people took refuge from German bombs in a network of tunnels built in the cliffs under Ramsgate. After the war they were abandoned, until a group of enthusiasts decided to start a project to restore them.

They got funding from ITV's People's Millions for a feasibility study, and the rest is history. In just a matter of days, the public will be able to explore the " town beneath the town". Andrea Thomas was invited in to take a look around with local historian Ralph Hoult.

Efit released in connection with robbery

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak with in connection with a burglary.

The incident occurred at a house in St Augustine’s Park, Ramsgate, between 9pm on 3 April and 10am on 4 April.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with a robbery Credit: Kent Police

A Toshiba laptop worth £150 was stolen in the incident. The suspect is described as being a white male, aged between 20 and 30-years-old, around 5’11 tall wearing a grey beanie hat and a blue jacket. He was walking with the assistance of a cane.

Efit released by Kent Police in connection with attack

Kent Police has renewed its appeal for information following a report of an assault in Ramsgate on Saturday 29th March.

At around 2:50pm, a 39 year-old man was reportedly attacked by another man in Ellington Park, off Ellington Road.

The victim suffered two black eyes and bruising and cuts to his face.

The man police wish to trace in connection with the incident had a dog with him at the time the incident took place. He is described as a male in his late 30s, with gingery-coloured hair.

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an assault Credit: Kent Police

Detectives investigating the incident are asking anyone who recognises the man pictured to contact them.

The man's dog is described as white, with beige-coloured patches and a beige tail and was on a linked chain-style lead. After the incident, the man walked away with the dog towards Park Road.

The same dog had been in the park around three hours earlier, being walked off its lead by a woman with long black curly hair who it is believed may be the ginger-haired man’s wife.


Protestors greet sheep lorries at Ramsgate

Live animal exports have resumed at Ramsgate - 18 months after they were banned by the local council.

Two lorries carrying sheep entered the Port this morning, greeted by protesters who oppose the transport of live animals to the continent. Exporters had switched operations to Dover but repairs to a berth there mean they have returned to Ramsgate for the time being.

The High Court has since ruled that the ban by Thanet Council was unlawful, meaning it will have to pay compensation to the exporters.

Appeal after teens robbed in Ramsgate

Two boys aged 14 and 15 were robbed of their phones and money in a Ramsgate street.

Police are appealing for information surrounding the robbery that happened at 7.40pm on King Street where the two boys were approached by two teenagers dressed in black.

The teenagers, aged between 16 and 17, asked the victims for the time and the boys got their phones out to look.

They were threatened to be beaten up if they did not hand over the money and phones.

Both victims handed over their phones and the two offenders then ran off down Belmont Street.

Anyone with information should call 01227 868278 quoting reference ZY/39545/13.

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Church celebration

Work is about to begin to create a visitors centre at a historic church in Ramsgate. St Augustine's has been awarded eighty thousand pounds from the lottery. It's the first step in what could be a major boost for tourism in the area.

David Johns explains, speaking to the Most Rev. Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark; Conservative MP for Thanet South, Laura Sandys; and the great-great grandson of Pugin, Robert Pugin Purcell.

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Gothic-style church in plans for visitor centre

An iconic, gothic-style church in Kent could be in line for hundreds of thousands of pounds of Lottery cash. St Augustine's in Ramsgate was built by the renowned architect Augustus Pugin, who also designed Big Ben in London.

The Church wants to build a visitor centre honouring both Pugin and St Augustine, as David Johns now reports.

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