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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


Driver in critical condition after crash

Officers investigating a serious collision near Whitstable are appealing for witnesses.

Kent Police were called to the coast-bound carriageway of the A299 Thanet Way, just before the Whitstable slip road, at 1.26am on Friday 7 August.

A 30-year-old man, who lives locally is in critical condition after the red Rover 218 he was driving collided with the nearside barrier and overturned.

He suffered serious head injuries and was treated at the scene before being taken to a London hospital.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit are now appealing for witnesses to the collision.

"The road was fairly quiet at that time of the morning but if you saw the collision or the Rover being driven beforehand and have not yet spoken to police, please can you call our office on 01622 798538 email quoting reference MW/138/15."

– Senior investigating officer Detective Sergeant Scott Lynch

82 year old woman critically injured in crash in Kent

An 82 year old woman is critically ill following a serious collision in Whitstable. Kent Police were called to a two-vehicle crash on the A299 Thanet Way slip road at the junction with Church Lane, Seasalter.

The collision involved a blue Vauxhall Meriva which was travelling from the direction of Whitstable and a blue Range Rover which had been driving from the Faversham direction. The drivers of both vehicles and a passenger of the Range Rover were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries. The 82-year old woman from Medway, has been taken to a London hospital with serious injuries

Detective Sergeant Chris Wade from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: ‘ We are keen to speak to anyone who saw the collision or the Vauxhall Meriva prior to the collision. People with information should contact us on 01622 798538 or email"


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Art attack! Mystery street artist donates image to charity

Catman, Kent's very own Banksy style street artist has been leaving his pictures around Whitstable for years - and now he has painted a mural and donated the artwork to a homeless charity in Canterbury to help them raise money.

The charity's organisers first thought the world famous artist had struck again - after his work 'Art Buff' ' appeared in Folkestone - but this work originated closer to home.

Catman's actions have been welcomed by the charity - but is everyone a fan of the artists who strikes in the night? Sarah Saunders reports

19-year-old arrested after 20 involved in fight

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after a fight involving 20 people in Whitstable.

Kent Police were called just after 1am to a disturbance in Oxford Street where a local man was injured and needed hospital treatment.

It’s believed that an altercation began outside nearby premises before spilling onto the road. The man was knocked to the ground and sustained injuries.

A 19 year old Whitstable man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Barry Carr on 01843 222289 quoting 07-0067.

Man suffers facial injuries in Whitstable attack

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a report of an assault in Whitstable.

Shortly before 3am on 24 January a man reported that he was assaulted by two men as he walked along the A290 between the Clapham Hill and Long Reach roundabouts in Whitstable.

The victim, aged 21 years-old, received facial injuries but has since been discharged from hospital.

The first suspect is described as being of mixed race, with dark hair, a London accent and wearing a hoody. The second suspect is described as being a white man in his mid-twenties, unshaven and also wearing a hoody.

Teenager admits causing death of man on charity cycle

An 18-year-old driver has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a man who was completing a 248-mile cycle to raise money for charity earlier this year.

Bethany Mackie, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, and driving with excess alcohol.

Her Peugeot 206 collided with cyclist Christian Smith, 38, near Chestfield, Whitstable, in March.

Mackie was given an interim driving ban and released on bail.

Inspector Martin Stevens, from the Kent Police Roads Policing Unit, said:

Christian Smith was a keen cyclist and was raising money for a cause close to his heart. His death, caused by this tragic and avoidable incident, is another reminder to everyone of the dangers of drink-driving.

Mackie will have to live with the consequences of her actions for the rest of her life. Our thoughts are with all those involved in this case, but of course especially Christian’s grieving family, at this time.

– Martin Stevens

"Mackie’s breath contained 73 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than twice the limit," he added.

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