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Bank robbed in Whitstable

The bank on the High Street was targeted just after 10am this morning Credit: ITV Meridian

Detectives are appealing for witnesses a bank was robbed in Whitstable.

Police were called to the Barclays branch on the High Street just after 10am this morning.

A man is reported to have walked into the bank and shown a member of staff a note claiming he had a weapon and ordering the member of staff to hand over cash from the till.

He was described as white, about 30 to 40-years-old, of a slim build and about 5ft 7in tall. He had a fair complexion and a freckled face. He was wearing a dark navy or black padded jacket with the hood up. The jacket had small diamond stitching and a gold zip.

"Whitstable High Street on a Saturday morning would have been very busy and we are hoping someone saw this man, either before, after or at the time of the robbery."

– Detective Chief Inspector Adam Ball

Row brewing over sale of parcel of land in Whitstable

The two sides in conflict over a tiny parcel of land have been battling it out in the High Court.

It centres on the site of a former roller rink in Whitstable. It's been publicly owned for fifty years ago, but could soon be the site of holiday homes.

Tony Green has been speaking with Suzanne Blaustone, of the Oval Chalet Preservation Community Group, and Colin Carmichael, Chief Executive of Canterbury City Council.


Tragedy as boy killed on railway track in Kent

Officers were called to the bridge at Joy Lane in Whitstable Credit: Google Images

Officers from British Transport Police are appealing for information following the death of a boy on the railway in Whitstable.

Shortly after 9.20pm on Saturday, 10 December, officers from BTP were called to the railway bridge at Joy Lane in Whitstable following reports that a person was struck by a train.

Officers from BTP, Kent Police and colleagues from the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended however a 16-year-old boy from Whitstable was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Today, officers from BTP are appealing for information on how the boy came to be on the tracks. Did you witness what happened or see the boy earlier on that day?

“This was an incredibly tragic event for the boy’s family and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Although we are not treating this incident as suspicious I am continuing to explore the circumstances which led to him being on the tracks.

I believe that around 8pm he was walking along the beach with a black and white collie dog. He was white with short dark hark and was wearing a black hoodie and jeans.

We’d like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time, or who has any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, so we can build a clearer picture of what took place."

– Det Con Paula Bennett

Woman taken to hospital after dog attack

A woman is being treated in hospital after a dog attack in Kent.

Kent Police were called to Walmer Road in Whitstable at 12:53pm this afternoon to reports a woman had been injured by a dog at her address.

The dog was removed from the property by police and transferred to a local vet.

The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment for minor injuries.

3 years jail for drug dealer who sold dead teen Ecstasy

Teenager Jack Pointer jailed for supplying MDMA to schoolboy Credit: Kent Police

A 19-year-old man has been jailed for three years after supplying a 15-year-old boy - who later died, with the drug MDMA.

Jack Pointer, 19, from Hill View Road in Whitstable had earlier admitted that he had supplied the Class A controlled drug to 15-year-old Josh Oliver on 29th December 2014.

The hearing at Canterbury Crown Court heard how Pointer, who is also known as Jack Church, had sold the MDMA - also known as Ecstasy - to Josh and his girlfriend for £40. The court were told that Josh suffered convulsions after taking the substance and died in hospital later that samr day. The post mortem examination found that he had died of MDMA poisoning and an inquest into his death recorded a verdict of death related to drugs.

"Kent Police takes the supply of illegal drugs extremely seriously. Taking drugs can have tragic consequences and those concerned in their supply should know that we will do everything in our power to prevent and disrupt illegal drug use and supply.

"I urge people to contact us on 101 if they are concerned about drugs in their communities. We will act on information given to us and will continue to work hard to keep drugs off our streets."

– Detective Constable Brigitte Collard, Kent Police

In sentencing Pointer on Friday 29th January Judge Adele Williams told him that she was sentencing him for supplying drugs, not for causing Josh's death, and that only a custodial sentence was justified.

"This has been a heart-breaking case, and has left a loving family facing their future without the boy they cherished dearly. I hope that young people who are already taking drugs or are considering trying them will think again after they learn of this tragedy.

"A drug dealer is far more interested in your money than in your health, and you cannot possibly know for sure what you are putting into your body when taking an illegal drug. The risks are simply too great."

– Detective Constable Martin Williams, Kent Police

Serious crash in Whitstable

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses following a serious crash on the A290 at Pean Hill in Whitstable.

A red Ford Fiesta travelling in the direction of Canterbury is reported to have left the road at about 4.55am this morning.

The driver, a man in his 20s, was taken to a London hospital with serious injuries. No other vehicles were involved.


Parents say daughter's death at rail crossing 'could have been avoided'

Sacha Wheeler was hit by a train as she crossed tracks in Whitstable. Credit: ITV Meridian

The family of a Kent school girl killed as crossed a railway line have hit out at Network Rail for failing to make safety changes sooner.

An inquest heard today that 14-year-old Sacha Wheeler was listening to music on her earphones as she walked home for Sunday dinner when she was hit and killed by a train as she used the Glebe Way rail crossing in Whitstable in August 2014.

Sacha' s aunt made a statement outside the inquest on behalf of Sacha's parents Jim and Heather:

Network Rail express 'sympathy' to family of schoolgirl killed on level crossing

Sacha Wheeler was hit by a train as she crossed tracks in Whitstable. Credit: ITV Meridian

Network Rail has expressed its sympathy to the family of a 14-year-old girl killed on a level crossing at in Kent.

14-year-old Sacha Wheeler was hit by a train as she tried to cross tracks at the Glebe Way pedestrian crossing in Whitstable.

The company said they are about to begin a public consultation about safety improvements at the crossing.

We would like to express our sympathy to the family and friends of Sacha Wheeler. Any death on the railway is a tragedy and the impact is felt not only by those who knew the person but also by the train driver and station staff and those who are involved in the aftermath. We want to do everything we can to stop this from happening. “We remain committed to working with the community to find a solution to closing Glebe Way level crossing. The constraints of the site mean that this will not be a simple exercise and we are currently exploring a number of options to replace the crossing. At the end of September we are meeting with Canterbury City Council to discuss those options, we will then be in a position to speak to the wider community to hear their views.

– Network Rail spokesperson
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