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Net closes on illegal fishermen


TWELVE unauthorised fishing nets have been seized by Environment Agency boat patrols in the River Medway at Snodland. It is suspected they were set to illegally trap eels. The nets were re- moved from the water to prevent them causing further damage. The agency says that, when used without authorisation and the proper safeguards, illegally set nets can seriously damage wildlife populations, trapping a variety of fish species, as well as eels and aquatic mammals. There are a number of legitimate eel fishermen in the Kent and south London area and anyonewishing to do this must apply for a licence from the Environment Agency. Anyone who sees illegal fishing activity can report it to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


Make a date for Poppy Day dance


THE ROYAL British Legion in Maidstone hopes to raise about £10,000 this year, as part of its 90th anniversary celebration. The main event, a dinner and


dance atMaidstone’s Village Hotel on Remembrance Day, November 11, will include a Michael Buble tribute act, a silent auction and a raffle.


Primary and secondary schools


in the area may also contribute to the cause, by holding non-uniform days, with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal, Maidstone has less than 100 RBL members and with no treasurer, the charity is desperate for more people to join. Secretary Helen Collingwood, of Farleigh Lane, said: “Welcoming new members and continuing with fundraising is vital for keeping the charity alive.” The RBL aims to raise £90m


across the UK, of which more than half is earmarked for the Battle Back charity, an organisation which supports injured soldiers and helps to re-integrate them into society. Dinner dance tickets, which


cost £32.95 – £6 of which will be donated to the Poppy Appeal – can be booked via the Village


Illegally set fishing nets seized by an Environment Agency boat patrol


Police hunt Portaloo pilferers POLICE are investigating the theft of luxury mobile toi- lets and a trailer. The loos, which were hired from Acorn Event Hire in Maidstone and were awaiting collection following a wedding, had been left outside a property in Ford Road, Wrotham Heath. Between 5:45am and 8:15am, thieves took the 19ft


trailer carrying a 15ft by 8ft by 10ft portable building, containing both male and female toilet cubicles, which had a dark green exterior. It is thought the trailer may have been taken in the direction of Trottiscliffe. Anyone with information should contact 01732 379170 or Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Disabled charity is given green light to expand


PLANNERS have given the go-ahead for a disability charity to expand its base in Hermitage Lane, Aylesford. Mcch society, which provides work


and training for disabled people, has been operating from Britannia Business Park at nearby Quarry Wood, but now needs bigger premises. Borough coun- cillors approved proposals, jointly sub- mitted by Gallagher Properties and mcch, for a two-storey unit at Her- mitage Court, including a cafe, offices and car parking. The charity currently runs a mobile catering service called tuckbytruck, selling snacks to local businesses.


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