A future for Dreamland?

A new vision for the Dreamland theme park in Margate has been unveiled - as the battle for ownership of the derelict site continues.

Jobs Fair

Hopeful jobseekers at jobs fair

Thanet's first 'MPs Jobs Fair' hosted by two Kent politicians attracted thousands of jobseekers today. Unemployment in the area is high.

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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."

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.


Between now and 2015 I will continue to work tirelessly for Thanet and its residents - from community groups to personal cases

MP to stand down at 2015 general election


It is with great sadness that I'm announcing today that I will not be standing at the next general election in 2015 http://t.co/0Q949wtHGb


Due to changing personal circumstances I cannot combine the level of dedication needed for Thanet, with my growing personal responsibilities


This is very difficult decision and I want to thank my colleagues, both in Thanet and Parl, who I've worked with to get the best for Thanet


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.

Full report: David Cameron officially opens London Array

David Cameron offically opened the world's largest off shore windfarm today - describing it as ''great for Kent and great for Britain." He was speaking in Margate after touring the vast site - by helicopter.

The London Array is in the outer Thames Estuary - 12 miles from the coast of Kent and Essex.

There are claims tonight that wind turbines and other forms of green energy will hike up energy bills - something government ministers deny. Watch Derek Johnson's report.

VIDEO: PM says world's largest offshore wind farm is "good for Kent and good for Britain"

Prime Minister David Cameron said world's largest offshore wind farm was ''good for Kent and good for Britain.''

Mr Cameron described London Array, in the outer Thames Estuary, as a "big win for Britain" which proves the country is capable of delivering large-scale projects.

A small group of protestors shouted slogans as Mr Cameron's car drove in and out - and demonstrated against government cuts.

The PM was speaking at Turner Contemporary in Margate at the inauguration of the fully functioning wind farm, which reached full capacity earlier this year with the commissioning of its 175th and final turbine.

Mr Cameron said the project represented a huge investment for renewable energy and was providing jobs for local people. He denied that mainly overseas companies were benefitting from the construction.

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