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Folkestone fire 'hero' dies following tunnel blaze

Contributed by editor on Aug 21, 2005 - 10:12 PM


FOLKESTONE FIRE 'HERO' DIES FOLLOWING TUNNEL BLAZE

A railwayman working on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, who suffered serious burns when fire broke out on a maintenance train has died at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.


50 year old Douglas Lynch, from Folkestone lost his fight for life yesterday (20 August), four days after the fire, which also killed his colleague.

The blaze started a mile inside a tunnel under the Thames between Swanscombe, Kent and Thurrock, on the Essex side of the river. 

A statement from the family said: "We understand Dougie brought his locomotive to a stop while engulfed in fire, preventing it colliding or causing catastrophic damage anywhere else in the tunnel."

Mr Lynch apparently stayed with the train to prevent a major incident for which his colleagues have called him 'a hero'.

An investigation into the cause of the fire has been launched.


Ship runs over surfacing diver

Contributed by editor on Aug 21, 2005 - 11:23 AM


SHIP RUNS OVER SURFACING DIVER

Dover Coastguards were scrambled to the Folkestone coast shortly before 11.00am yesterday (20 August) after a local dive vessel `Taurus’ reported that a large vessel had run over one of their divers who had just surfaced.


The report indicated that the diver was now back on board the `Taurus’ with a suspected broken arm and possible internal injuries, and that the crew needed immediate assistance to evacuate the injured diver to hospital.
The Dover RNLI all weather lifeboat was launched and the Coastguard Tug `Anglian Monarch’ (pictured left) was also sent to the scene two miles off the Folkestone Coast, to stand by the `Taurus’. 

The injured woman was transferred by stretcher the lifeboat where paramedics stabilised the patient.

An ambulance waiting at Crosswall Quay Dover rushed the injured 37 year old Kent woman to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford where it was reported she had sustained broken ribs and lacerations but was said to be in a "comfortable condition".


New public loos for Hawkinge?

Contributed by editor on Aug 21, 2005 - 09:54 AM


NEW PUBLIC LOOS FOR HAWKINGE?

Story by Godot

Now that the old public toilets have been demolished and with the increase of population we need some Super Loos!

Made of one way toughened glass, they already have them in Houston Texas.

Once inside, no one can see in, but you can see out.


Looking like Dracula asleep in his coffin

Contributed by editor on Aug 19, 2005 - 06:27 PM


LOOKING LIKE DRACULA ASLEEP IN HIS COFFIN

Re: I would volunteer Re: Laser gun villagers miss out zapping speeding motorists 

Dear Ed

I too, would volunteer my "services" in this matter. Lazarus has covered all the points I would wish to make, quite succinctly .Yet further shame must fall on the Parish Council for declining this opportunity. Lazarus asks whether the Parish Council is “so out of touch with the local situation� I ask if it is out of touch with reality?


Have you been to a meeting of the Parish Council? No? Let me take you there ( in a manner of speaking)

Sadly, with only one or two exceptions, our Parish Council, is made up of Non Elected members (can anyone remember the last Parish Council elections?) The majority of these "councillors" have been co-opted, or in other words have put themselves forwards for the task. Some, I repeat some, cope with the task, but others are far beyond the task and far out of touch with life. Some of the intentions of those who have volunteered must surely be questioned.

One only needs to attend a Parish Council meeting to be richly entertained by the spectacle of “local democracy at work�

No names no pack drill (as the old Army saying has it) but you will see one looking like Dracula asleep in his coffin, a deathly pallor upon the visage, who somehow re-animates long enough to make a point and who won’t budge from it when it’s made and then sinks slowly back into the chair.

Another who constantly mumbles and is virtually inaudible but will fight terrier like for every dot and comma and is as irritating to everyone else as a smut in the eye.

Another who constantly “plays� to the crowd (or should I say few) with winks and comments and asks a fellow councillor advice on how to vote, when something needs voting on yet has been a resident of the village from when the Hawk in Hawkinge was but a fledgling.

Another who seems so anxious to keep the peace and eager to please all and sundry, but seems unable to make a decision and just bumbles along (or so it seems)

Another gets so excited you can see the foam starting to form at the corners of the mouth and whose clothes look like the last time they were ironed was when the manufacturer produced the garment.

That is just a quick snap shot of some of our representatives, both elected and non elected. No doubt there are “a few good men and true� who give their best and indeed their all in the service of this, their community.

The question must be put, who amongst us would take on their duties for the community. Not many, I fear (myself included) so we are stuck with them and their decisions.

Sadly, however, they must be taken as a whole body and as such they are pretty lamentable lot making ever lamentable decisions that can and do affect our lives.

This ever growing and indeed ever younger community of Hawkinge needs younger blood, nay, must have younger blood to represent us or we will feel the rigor mortis of ineptitude creeping further and further over village affairs.

If you feel that you can’t contribute as a councillor (there is a vacancy for a co opted one by the way) I urge you, do come along to a meeting and be entertained(?) and stunned by the Parish variety show.!

Meanwhile Finkle get out the wife’s hairdryer and make like it’s a speed gun and stand at the end of the drive and point it at the speeding motor cars!

Finkle


I would volunteer Re: Laser gun villagers miss out zapping speeding motorists

Contributed by editor on Aug 19, 2005 - 01:01 PM


I WOULD VOLUNTEER Re: Laser gun villagers miss out zapping speeding motorists

Dear Ed,
 
I sometimes find it absolutely amazing when someone or a representative body (in this case the parish council) turn down an offer of self help. 

Either the parish council is so out of touch with the local situation that it (as a representative body) does not understand what is going o­n, or the individuals are afraid of being found out (as a motorist who flouts the laws concerning observing speed limits), or they just don't care about it.

There is no doubt that generally there is an increase in the numbers of drivers who have no regard for the speed limits set around the village.   Unfortunately this extends to those who should know better and I include drivers working for Shepway DC and the local bus company as well as those working for contractor who support the council.
 
I for o­ne would be willing to volunteer for such work and I am sure that there are many like minded souls around.

Lazarus 


Latest local crime 16/8/05 to 19/8/05

Contributed by editor on Aug 19, 2005 - 12:51 PM


COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
 

Crime Sheet 16/08 to 19/08

 

18/08/05

Between 1815hrs 17/08/05 & 0600hrs 18/08/05

Damage

THE MEADE HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE

 

Two cars have been scratched overnight.

 

18/08/05

Between 1700hrs 17/08/05 & 0845hrs 18/08/05

Damage

SCHOOL LANE NEWINGTON, FOLKESTONE

 

Trellis has been pulled off the fence and plants have been pulled up in the Ip's garden.

 

16/08/05

Between 2200hrs 15/08/05 & 0630hrs 16/08/05

Theft of Motor Vehicle

STONEHILL SELLINDGE, ASHFORD

 

Found 18/08/05 Burnt out Charing Ashford

 

18/08/05

Between 2330hrs 17/08/05 & 0135hrs 18/08/05

Burglary Other

ASHFORD ROAD A20 NEWINGREEN, HYTHE

 

At approx 01-04 hours in the morning the building alarm was activated, Key holder attended and found that o­ne of the Rear double doors to the building had been smashed and there was a gas cylinder laying inside the building which has caused the double glazed panel to smash, o­n entering the building Found it had been entered and property stolen.

 

18/08/05

Between 1700hrs 16/08/05 & 1200hrs 18/08/05

Damage

CAR PARK HYTHE ROAD DYMCHURCH,

 

IP wishes to report that 2 of the tyres o­n his vehicle have been slashed. He can see cut marks in the tyres walls. IP left the vehicle parked in the car park 2 days ago and this is first time he has been back to check it.

 
 

 
 
If you have any information in relation to any crime. Please contact the Watch Office o­n 01304 218151 or ring Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 You do not have to give your name and you maybe eligible for a reward.

To report suspicious incidents and problems you cannot resolve yourself 01303 850055

or

To report crime that has happened to you and the offenders have gone 01303 289134

If you would like to help with Neighbourhood Watch or would like to know more about what is involved, you can contact the Neighbourhood Watch & Parish Liaison Office at Dover Police Station o­n 01304 218151


No truth in Cabaret rumour

Contributed by editor on Aug 18, 2005 - 01:52 PM


NO TRUTH IN CABARET RUMOUR

Rumours circulating in the village that a Cabaret Evening in the Community Centre has been cancelled were denied today by Parish Council Chairman David Callahan.


The event on 3rd September which is a part of the Hawkinge Fun Day is "definately still on" said David.

Following complaints of noise, Hawkinge Community Centre has been told by Shepway Council's Licencing Committee to install soundproofing for the hall within six weeks or face operating without an entertainment licence.

This would mean the Rock'n'Roll club and other public entertainment would have to stop, but private events, such as weddings could continue.

The deadline does not expire until the end of September so the Cabaret is unaffected.

Hawkinge Fun Day Cabaret Evening - more details


Laser gun villagers miss out zapping speeding motorists

Contributed by editor on Aug 18, 2005 - 01:17 PM


LASER GUN VILLAGERS MISS OUT ZAPPING SPEEDING MOTORISTS

A scheme to crack down on speeding drivers that involves villagers operating laser guns is expanding across Kent , but Hawkinge will be left out of the initiative.


Hawkinge Parish Council had decided not to back the scheme over a year ago, but Parish Councillor Peter Smith told the Gazette he had supported the scheme.

Parish Councils will are looking for volunteers to help make their local roads safer by using laser guns to record speeding motorists.

Under the Speed Watch scheme Parish councils will first identify roads where motorists regularly exceed the speed limit.

Volunteers will record registration numbers of drivers regularly caught speeding, and those who regularly exceed the speed limits will be given advice about their driving and the consequences of speeding.

If a vehicle is found to have been speeding twice within a 12-month period, the registered owner will receive an advisory letter from the police, and if the same vehicle is caught three times, they will receive a further warning letter and the police could then take follow-up action.

Please contact the Gazette if you feel Hawkinge villagers should get involved :Email speedwatch@localrags.co.uk


Community wardens take up fight against bogus callers

Contributed by editor on Aug 17, 2005 - 09:31 PM


COMMUNITY WARDENS TAKE UP FIGHT AGAINST BOGUS CALLERS

Kent community wardens are stepping up the fight to stop bogus callers preying on older and vulnerable people in their homes.

These callers often cheat people out of their money or steal from them while they are distracted.

To tackle this growing problem, Kent County Council’s wardens, local housing groups and crime and disorder partnerships are launching a scheme to increase awareness and offer support to people who could be potential targets. The wardens will be organising a series of talks throughout Kent on distraction burglary and bogus callers and advising older residents what to do.

A further initiative will be the staging of a musical called Trickster at five venues in September for residents from sheltered schemes and other units where people might fall victim to unscrupulous callers. Organised by Southern Housing Group, the performances will take place in Shepway as well as Ashford, Maidstone, Tonbridge and Canterbury starting week beginning September 12. Tickets, transport and refreshments will be free.

The show is a musical following the story of George, an army veteran who falls victim to distraction burglary but carries on his fight to beat the bogus callers. It carries all the messages that the Kent Community Safety team feels are so important, for example keeping the chain on when answering the front door and asking a neighbour for help if necessary.

To help meet the costs of the performances, Kent County Council is giving Southern Housing nearly £2,000 and will donate a free timer switch to people attending the show.  Warden Ian Norman with the cheque for Southern Housing


“It is vital to deter these rogue traders who cause such distress by targeting people in their own homes,� said KCC Cabinet Member for Community Services, Mike Hill. “Our community wardens are continually working very hard to stop these con men while offering advice and support to those who might be vulnerable. The Trickster scheme is a further boost to these efforts.�


Latest local crime 15/8/05 to 16/8/05

Contributed by editor on Aug 17, 2005 - 09:12 PM


COUNTRY EYE - NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH


Crime Sheet 15/08 to 16/08



16/08/05

Between 2200hrs 15/08/05 & 0800hrs 16/08/05

Damage

HARVEST WAY HAWKINGE, FOLKESTONE



IP has found that unknown offender(s) has written in red paint over the garage door.



15/08/05

Between 1045hrs & 1130hrs 15/08/05

Theft from Motor Vehicle

CAR PARK OF UPPER HARDRES WOOD STONE STREET STELLING MINNIS, CANTERBURY



Ip parked the vehicle secure in the car park of the woods. There was one other vehicle in the car park. Ip walked the dog and returned about 45 mins later. Ip found that the car was unlocked and the laptop stolen from the rear seat of the vehicle. The laptop had been visible from the outside. Ip states that there was no search of the vehicle, nothing else stolen.



15/08/05

Between 1830hrs 13/08/05 & 1830hrs 15/08/05

Damage

STONE STREET LYMPNE, HYTHE




IP states that between the times stated unknown offender(s) have thrown an unknown object at his vehicle causing the window to crack.



16/08/05

Between 0700hrs 15/08/05 & 0645hrs 16/08/05

Damage

PAVILLION IN PLAYING FIELD MILL ROAD DYMCHURCH,



Informant has reported that overnight offender/s unknown have gone up onto the roof of the Pavilion causing damage and also have pulled the barbed wire off the roof. In addition the bollards that are cemented into the ground in front of the Pavilion have also been pulled out of the ground.




If you have any information in relation to any crime. Please contact the Watch Office on 01304 218151 or ring Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 You do not have to give your name and you maybe eligible for a reward.

To report suspicious incidents and problems you cannot resolve yourself 01303 850055

or

To report crime that has happened to you and the offenders have gone 01303 289134

If you would like to help with Neighbourhood Watch or would like to know more about what is involved, you can contact the Neighbourhood Watch & Parish Liaison Office at Dover Police Station on 01304 218151