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More than 50 firefighters at blaze near Hythe Pier

The building near the pier caught fire in the early hours of this morning Credit: @Andrew_SW

Major fire at shed near Hythe Pier in Hampshire. More than 50 firefighters are at the scene. Hampshire fire crews are being assisted by their counterparts from the Dorset & Wiltshire fire brigade.


Protesters take to the streets over new town 'twice the size of Hythe' planned for Kent

Hundreds of protesters angry about plans to build a new 12-thousand home town in Kent took their objections to the streets today.

Campaigners rallied against proposals to build a lorry park, develop part of Hythe and build a new 'garden city'.

Sarah Saunders reports

Sarah Saunders spoke to protesters, David Plumstead from the Shepway Community and Environment Network, Martin Whybrow KCC Cllr for Hythe, David Monk Leader of Shepway District Council and resident Gillian Bond.

Man arrested after 3000 cannabis plants discovered

3000 plants were discovered and have been destroyed Credit: Kent Police

A cannabis factory containing an estimated 3,000 plants has been uncovered by police at Hythe in Kent

Local officers from the Community Policing Team and the Divisional Support Unit executed a warrant at an industrial unit on Thursday morning

In addition to the plants, police also found lighting and cultivation equipment.

Credit: Kent Police

A 59 year old man from Margate has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug and released on bail until January.

Earlier, a tweet from Kent Police estimated the value at one million pounds- that is now being checked.

The force also stated that the plants have now been destroyed.


Burglar who stole jewellery and electronics jailed

A burglar who stole electronics and jewellery from a home in Hythe has been sentenced to four years and six months imprisonment.

Steven Parker who's 44 and formerly of Benson Lane in Hawkinge, targeted the property in Seabrook Road on 3rd November 2015.

The court heard that Parker forced open the front door of the property after smashing a window. Once inside he removed numerous items of jewellery and a tablet computer worth more than £1,000 in total.

Inside officers found the stolen tablet in a rubbish bin and he was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Steven Parker has been sentenced to four years and six months in prison Credit: Kent Police

"Burglary is an intrusive crime and it can have a profound impact on victims. Parker has caused his victims a lot of stress but he has shown no remorse for his offending and I welcome the sentence that he has received."

– Detective Constable Dennis Webster

E-fit released in taxi driver robbery investigation

Kent Police release e-fit of robbery suspect Credit: Kent Police

An e-fit has been released of a man Kent Police police want to talk to after a robbery near Hythe in the early hours of Tuesday 12th May.

The robbery happened when a car pulled up behind a taxi which was parked on a grass verge on the A20 at at about 3am.

Two men who got out of the car went over to the taxi, pulled the taxi driver out of his vehicle and pushed him onto the bonnet. The taxi driver said one of the men tried to hit him with a baseball bat, then the two men left and got back into their car and drove off. When the taxi driver got home he noticed his wallet was missing.

Kent police are appealing for anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit or who has information in connection with the incident to get in touch with them by telephoning 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/014136/15.

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