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Warning after series of grass fires

Firefighters tackling a grass fire in Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

Firefighters in Kent have issued an appeal after a series of grass fires in the Herne Bay area that were lit deliberately. People are being asked to report any fires as soon as possible to try and prevent them from spreading.

Over a seven hour period on Tuesday afternoon Herne Bay firefighters were called to three scrubland fires in close proximity to the Thanet Way.

"If you spot a fire while you're outdoors, please call the fire service on 999 as early as possible. An early call could mean the difference between a small, easily controllable fire and a widespread, devastating fire. It can be hard to give the location for an outdoor fire, so please mention any landmarks that you can see such as pubs or churches in the area."

– Herne Bay Watch Manager, Tim Green

One year on: former Manston employees remember the airport

Former employees of Manston airport are holding a reunion today to mark a year since its closure.

Also at the event, which will involve forming a giant mural of pictures, will be ancilliary airfield businesses.

Credit: PA

The event is being held with the support of pro-Manston groups.

More than 140 people lost their jobs when the loss-making airport closed last year, because it failed to find a buyer.


UKIP has won most of the wards in Thanet District Council's election

Twenty-nine UKIP councillors have been voted in so far during the Thanet District Council local elections.

The party itself put out a message on social media - congratulating its councillors for being part of the UK's first UKIP-controlled local authority.

Thanet in Kent is where where Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader, stood as a candidate for the Thanet South constituency in the General Election. He stepped down as party leader on Friday after failing to win.

Farage cuts short interview as he arrives in Thanet

Nigel Farage says he is pleased with the early result in Sunderland which saw UKIP come second, as he arrives at the Thanet count.

In the short interview with ITV, Farage was asked how he felt about the election poll, where UKIP only won two seats,but the party leader said he was not worried about the forecast.

Boy rescued from sand tunnel

The teenager was rescued on Joss Bay beach Credit: ITV Meridian

A teenage boy had to be rescued when a tunnel he was digging in the sand collapsed on top of him in Thanet yesterday.

He was barely breathing when he was pulled out of the hole he'd dug on Joss Bay beach.

But he was given oxygen by the local surf school and was fully conscious by the time he was airlifted to hospital.

The teenager was rescued on Joss Bay beach Credit: ITV Meridian


Multi-million pound investment in trains goes ahead

A multimillion pound investment in trains in east Kent gets the go-ahead today.

Network Rail are to upgrade the line between Ashford and Thanet to improve journey times for High Speed trains.

A new station's already been earmarked for Manston Parkway near Ramsgate.

"This upgrade to our high-speed service is of enormous importance to Thanet, opening up a whole new range of economic opportunities for our area. Before my election, local residents told me that they felt left at the end of the line. We have fought tirelessly to change this and worked hard to secure Government funding for Thanet. I am absolutely thrilled that with this, journey times are now being reduced which will open the doors to more investment and more visitors. This is a huge win for Thanet."

– Laura Sandys, MP for Thanet South
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