Methanol warnings on counterfeit scotch now!...13 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 13, 2003 - 11:18 AM

The Food Standards Agency has issued a health warning about drinking counterfeit whisky contaminated with methanol. This follows the discovery of a counterfeit spirits bottling plant in the Berkshire area and these bottles may now be available in other parts of the country.

The fake Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch Whisky must be avoided as the effects of methanol poisoning include severe abdominal pain, drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision leading to blindness. At higher levels it can lead to breathing difficulties and coma.

The symptoms of methanol poisoning can be delayed for several hours so anyone who may have drunk any of these spirits may not be immediately aware of the dangers.

If someone suspects they have drunk fake whisky they should immediately contact a doctor.

The Agency is also advising that counterfeit bottles of Highland Pride Whisky may be on sale in the UK after rolls of fake labels were also found on the same premises as the fake Johnny Walker.

If someone has any doubt about the authenticity of either of these products then they are advised not to drink it but to contact Shepway District Council’s Environmental Health unit on 01303 852242.


Tempers flare after rubbish left uncollected...13 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 13, 2003 - 11:08 AM

Shepway Council has again repeated its message to residents that it will not collect rubbish left in bags next to wheelie bins after a householder allegedly assaulted a Cleanaway worker.

The incident happened in Mill Road, Lydd, on Monday (10 March) after side refuse was left uncollected. A woman placed the rubbish bags in her car and drove after the refuse truck. A man then followed and allegedly assaulted a Cleanaway worker.

A council spokesman said: “It was unforgivable behaviour directed against someone who was only trying to do their job.�

Cllr George Bunting, the Council’s Environment Secretary, said the Council had to meet tough recycling targets set by the government and everyone had a role to play in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill sites.

“I am sure we could recycle more if we took a close look at what we throw away in our wheeled bins. The Council can offer help and advice to anyone who wants to reduce the amount they send to landfill sites but who is unsure of exactly how to go about it.�

Lydd Station Sergeant: Sergeant Mark Farnell said: "The Cleanaway worker was doing his job when he was allegedly assaulted. The police will always investigate allegations of that nature and take them seriously."


Woman dies in M20 crash...13 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 13, 2003 - 04:02 AM

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash on the M20 near Folkestone last night.

A woman died after the crash which involved three cars on the westbound carriageway of the motorway, near to junction 10 at about 5.30 yesterday evening. (12 March)

The carriageway was closed between junctions 10 and 11 while emergency services cleared the wreckage.

It is not believed anyone else was seriously hurt. The name of the dead woman has not been revealed by the police.


Warning over Vodka contaminated with Methanol....11 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 11, 2003 - 04:04 PM

Trading Standards is warning consumers to beware of a brand of vodka, which may be contaminated with methanol. ‘Imperial Valkinov Vodka (charcoal distilled)’ has been found on sale in a number of areas across the country and its source has not yet been traced.

Methanol can cause serious medical problems which may not be apparent until some hours after the product is drunk. The symptoms of methanol poisoning include, severe abdominal pain, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision leading to blindness and coma with breathing difficulties.

Imperial Valkonov Vodka is in a clear one-litre bottle with gold screw-top caps. Its label also says ‘Distributed for KMG 57, Bodana Khmelnitskogo Str 236039, Kalinginrad, Russia for EEC’ in very small print at the bottom.

KCC’s Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Grahame Weston, said: “This product is extremely dangerous. We are not only warning consumers but also local businesses not to buy this product. If anyone has seen Valkonov Vodka on the shelf, bought it or have been approached and asked to sell some, please get in touch with Trading Standards.�

Please call Trading Standards helpline on: 08457 585497 if you are worried about Valkonov Vodka or have seen it on sale.


Dover bank robbed ...10 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 10, 2003 - 06:46 PM

A man claiming to have a gun has robbed the LloydsTSB bank in Market Square Dover.

Police said the man handed over a note demanding money at the bank just after 10 o'clock on Monday morning. (10 March) He led the cashier to believe he had a gun although no weapon was ever seen. The robber left the bank with a small amount of cash and is thought to have made off in a car.

Police said that the suspect had a Scottish accent and smelt strongly of drink. He was short and stocky, in his mid-40s, with balding hair and was wearing a grey jumper and dark trousers.


Diversions as A260 is resurfaced...10 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 10, 2003 - 12:24 PM

Drivers heading into and out of Folkestone on the A260 are likely to face delays when road repairs are carried out between Densole and Swingfield.

Work to resurface parts of the road starts on Monday 17 March and is expected to last for about two weeks.

During the day, traffic will be controlled with temporary traffic lights. To allow the work to be carried out safely, some resurfacing will done at night and the road will be closed to through traffic between 7.00pm and 7.00am on Monday 17 March, Thursday 27 March and Friday 28 March. The road will be closed between just south of The Chequers public house, Swingfield and Coach Road, Densole.

Traffic heading towards Canterbury will be diverted via the Alkham Valley Road, Alkham Road, London Road River, Whitfield Hill and the A2. HGV traffic travelling towards Canterbury will be diverted via A20 Dover and the A2. Traffic heading to Folkestone from the A2 will be diverted to Dover and the A20 to Folkestone.

Access to properties where the work is being carried will not be affected and letters have been sent to properties in the area.


Michael Howard calls off school visit....8 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 08, 2003 - 05:53 AM

Pupils and staff at the Churchill School were dissappointed when a visit by Michael Howard MP was cancelled at the last minute.

Mr Howard was to have met the children on the Churchill School Council but had to attend an important debate in Parliament.

It is hoped that he will be able to visit in the near future.


Work to begin on Kidease Nursery....8 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 08, 2003 - 05:50 AM

Building work on the Kidease Nursery at the Churchill School is due to start this week

Wernick the construction company will be preparing the site for the arrival of a steel framed building to house the nursery .

There is still no news on the proposed development opposite the school which included a two storey nursery and a Budgen's supermarket.


I've never heard so much 'rubbish' in my life...7 March 2003.

Contributed by localrags on Mar 07, 2003 - 10:04 AM

Pardon the pun but I've never heard so much 'rubbish' in my life. (see ..Refuse refuse not in a bin, bin men told )

Said Richard Stanford-Beale, the Council’s Street Scene Manager. “This helps us reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, keeps the environment clean and protects the refuse collectors from injury that might be caused by carelessly discarded broken glass or other dangerous objects.

He cannot possibly justify this statement, all that will be acheived is just more rubbish blowing around our already filthy streets.

Every time there is a change of collection rules (like when the black bags were introduced) the binmen try to find ways to lighten the load, the rubbish has to go somewhere.

If it's not collected it will just end up on the streets.

You only need to look around you to the mess that Shepway is in.



HMS Albion battle honour to leave Hythe....7 March 2003

Contributed by localrags on Mar 07, 2003 - 09:44 AM

A battle honour which has spent the last 30 years on display in Hythe Town Hall has been returned to its rightful owner.

The battle honour is one of five historic notice boards which mark the distinguished battles of HMS Albion.

They were handed “on loan� to the five Cinque ports Dover, Hythe, Hastings, New Romney and Sandwich 30 years ago when the ship was decommissioned.

Now a new HMS Albion, a 16,000 ton landing platform dock, has been commissioned and will formally join the Navy fleet on 19 June.

The Chairman of Kent County Council Christopher Capon handed back the battle honour today to Commander Stephen Cluett-Green from HMS Albion.

Mr Capon received the honour on behalf of Hythe 30 years ago when he was Mayor of the town from the then Commander Ogilvy.

Mr Capon said: “It has been a great privilege to look after the honour for thirty years but I am delighted that it is being returned to its rightful owner.�