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Thanet constituency contest "good for tourism"

Business leaders say the contest for the south Thanet constituency will encourage tourism. UKIP leader Nigel Farage will be trying to win his party's first parliamentary seat there in the next general election. And that's expectedto bring the media spotlight on the region.

ITV Meridian spoke to David Foley from East Kent Chamber of Commerce.

Thanet gothic style church praised by visitors

The St Augustine Church in Ramsgate was given the top spot by visitors Credit: ITV Meridian

A gothic style church has been voted the best tourist attraction in the coastal region of Thanet. St Augustine in Ramsgate was given the top spot by visitors on website TripAdvisor.

The St Augustine Church in Ramsgate was given the top spot by visitors Credit: ITV Meridian

Some of the comments include-

"Loved this church which has been restored beautifully - friendly volunteers who were keen to share their knowledge with us. Beautiful."

The St Augustine Church in Ramsgate was given the top spot by visitors Credit: ITV Meridian

"Wonderful building and lovely interior. Interesting layout and passion tableau. [F]riendly steward who took time to explain about the architect and the buildings. Serene atmosphere and beautiful colours. Opportunity to light candles and buy postcards and homemade preserves."

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MP backs anti-ivory protest

Roger Gale MP is supporting a campaign to raise awareness of the ivory trade

Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare as the charity crushed hundreds of items of unwanted ivory to help protect elephants from the deadly ivory trade.

Around 100kg of ivory items ranging from whole elephant tusks to carvings and jewelry to raise awareness of the ivory trade and show support for elephant protection ahead of a major international summit on the issue.

An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. It is estimated that at least 25,000 elephants and up to 50,000 are slaughtered each year for their tusks.

Appeal for missing teenage boy

Kent Police is appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of a 15-year-old Tenterden boy. Tony Halpin was last seen near Sainsbury's in Ashford at around 5pm yesterday. It is believed he may now be in the Thanet area.

Tony was last seen wearing a black parka-style coat, black jeans, a black hoodie and trainers. He was carrying a dark coloured rucksack. He is described as having shaggy dark brown hair and being unshaven, of medium build and with brown eyes.

Anybody who has information should call Kent Police on 101, quoting incident reference 31-1721.

Man charged over Farage assault

A man has been charged with assaulting the UKIP leader, Nigel Farage as he attended an event in Thanet.

Andrew Michael Conway Scott, unemployed from Ramsgate Road, Margate, was arrested at his home.

He has been placed on conditional bail and is due to appear before magistrates in Margate on 3 March.

A statement from Kent Police said: 'Until then he must not attend any political event of any political party, either in protest or support of the party in question. And he must not contact witnesses."

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MP tweets about decision to stand down

The Thanet South MP Laura Sandys has tweeted news of her decision to stand down at the next general election. The Conservative politician pledged to 'work tirelessly' for her constituency until she steps down.

MP to stand down at 2015 general election

Man dies after car crash in Thanet

Fatal crash on the A28 Canterbury Road Credit: ITV Meridian

A 32-year-old man from London has died following a car crash in Birchington.

At around 7:15pm on Thursday 21st November, a black Fiat Punto was travelling along the A28 Canterbury Road towards Birchington.

A silver BMW, that was travelling in the opposite direction, crossed the central grassed area before colliding with the Fiat.

The driver of the BMW was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries but was pronounced dead in the early hours of this morning.

The driver of the Fiat, a 49-year-old woman from Thanet, was taken to hospital.

The road was closed for about eight hours.

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call DC David Holmes on 01622 798538.

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