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Wasps defy cold snap to force closure of primary school

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A village school has been closed after the building was infested by wasps.

Pest controllers visited Brenzett Primary on the Romney Marsh on Monday but have advised it will take a day before classrooms are safe for children to return.

It's understood that the nest was discovered in a toilet block.

Interim head Hannah Peaston said the school would remain closed today (Tuesday) to ensure the safety of the pupils.

'One of life's true gentleman' tribute to Kent biker killed in crash

Malcolm Batt's family have paid tribute to him Credit: Kent Police

The family of a motorcyclist from Kent who was killed in a collision with an estate car on Sunday 10th May have paid tribute to him.

Malcolm Batt, aged 55, from Tenterden died in the crash on the A259 Rye Road, Brookland in Romney Marsh at about 3.50pm. Two of the people in the car - a black Renault Megane - also died.

Kent Police are carrying out an accident investigation. Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

Malcolm Batt's family paid the following trbute:

"Our wonderful husband, Dad, brother, son, son-in-law, uncle and friend – Malcolm Batt, aged 55, was loved and adored by all who knew him. His infectious smile, his laugh and generosity are just a few of the wonderful qualities that made him what he was – one of life’s true gentlemen.

Malcolm was a giant of a man who lived for his family, friends and dogs. His genuine warmth and appetite for life touched all who knew him. Malcolm will be sorely missed by all of us who had the privilege of having him in our lives."

– Family of Malcolm Batt


Two women and a man died in fatal road collision

A Kent Police spokesman said: "We can now confirm three people have died as a result of this collision - a male motorcyclist and two female occupants of the car." Officers from Kent Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses to the collision to come forward. The spokesman said: "They are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have witnessed the black Renault or the motorbike in the moments before the incident."

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Tributes to Sir Donald Sinden

He was one of the most popular and well-loved actors of his generation. Sir Donald Sinden, who lived in Kent, has died at the age of 90. The Shakespearean actor had suffered from cancer for several years.

He was also well known for film, stage and TV roles. His son, Marc, said that although they knew the end was coming, Sir Donald's death was "a huge loss to his family" but that they appreciated the care given to him by the Pilgrims Hospice. David Johns looks back on the actor's life, speaking to neighbour Dave McKean and theatre manager Juliet Mander.

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Marc Sinden pays tribute to his father Sir Donald

Marc Sinden said plans were under way for a memorial service for his father Donald Credit: PA Wire

The son of actor Sir Donald Sinden has paid tribute to his father and said his family would miss "his humour and knowledge".

In a statement, actor and film director Marc Sinden said: "Even though his death was expected, it is still a huge loss to his family and we, his brother, his son, his four grandchildren and great-grandchild will all miss his humour and knowledge and we would all like to share our appreciation for the Pilgrims Hospice and the carers that looked after him and us with such dignity, consideration and care until the end."

He added that plans for a memorial service were under way.


Tributes for the actor Sir Donald Sinden after his death at the age of 90

Actor Sir Donald Sinden received his Knighthood from the Queen in 1997 C Credit: PA

The theatre and film actor Sir Donald Sinden has died at his home aged 90, his son has said.

Sir Donald made his name on stage as a Shakespearean actor and also had more than 70 credits for film and TV productions since the late 1940s to now.

He had been battling prostate cancer over several years and his death, just weeks before his 91st birthday, at his home in Romney Marsh, Kent, has been described as a "huge loss" by his family.

Sir Donald trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and made his film debut in 1953 with The Cruel Sea, later going on to perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company in leading roles such as King Lear and Malvolio in Twelfth Night.

Sir Donald was awarded a CBE in 1979 and was granted a knighthood in 1997 for his services to drama.

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