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Battered gran’s six-hour wait to see doctor

A FORMAL complaint is being made about a 78-year-old woman's "disgraceful" treatment at a new hospital after being bat- tered at home by burglars. Jean Thomas suffered the fur-

ther distress of having to wait more than six hours before being seen by a doctor at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury. Her son Howard said: "I told

them, 'you have a state-of-the-art hospital but your care is the most appalling we have ever seen'." At one point,Howard's brother

Clive, who is a critical care para- medic himself, had to clean the blood off his mum's two-inch head wound where she had been

Club warned for under age

hit with a chair. "Mybrother could not be- lieve what was going on. We are in the process of making a formal complaint," said Howard. The doctors’ rota in A&E has since

been revised to increase cover at busy times. The three suspected burglars - who Howard described as scumbags - left Mrs Thomas's bungalow empty-handed. Al- ready two rewards have been offered for the culprits’ arrest and conviction. Staplehurst Parish Council may install

CCTV in the village following the attack. Howard said: "There has been a lot of

A NEW police structure for the Maidstone area is now in opera- tion.

The Kent force has been split

drinking A MAIDSTONE nightspot has admitted it made a "genuine error" in admitting a 15-year- old girl on three occasions. But Lashings has tightened

up itsproceedings since the in- cidents inJuly, the borough's li- censing sub-committee heard. Members decided not to sus-

pend thepremises licence for a month, as requested by the po- lice. PC Neil Barnes, licensing officer, said he was concerned that no one at the club in Upper Stone Street had thought to challenge the girl about her age. But Toby Burrough, repre- senting Lashings, said no-one had reason to think she was under age and that the club had a good track record in that respect.

However, the sub-committee

did issue a warning to the club and modified some of its li- censing conditions. Members heard that on July 8 the girl, having spent two hours at an- other pub, had arrived at Lash- ings with an older man who was a club regular. On the following night and

on July 12 she was again al- lowed into the club. On each occasion she was served alco- hol in significant amounts and became intoxicated. When her father complained to Lashings he was advised to speak


into three divisions and Maid- stone is part of the newWest Di- vision, along with Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks. It is under the overall command of Chief Supt Matthew Nix, with Chief Insp Adrian Futers covering the Maidstone area.

Maidstone & Malling’s No 1 - 88,000 copies - 4 editions Maidstone South Edition December 2011 No.176 Plea over ‘race

track’ lanes IMPATIENT drivers have been condemned for using rural roads as "race tracks". Councillors launched their at-

tack after parishioners had peti- tioned highways chiefs to reduce speeds limits on two lanes, which currently have only na- tional 60mph restrictions. But despite the residents say-

community love and support for whichwe are very grateful. It means an awful lot to mum. The police have been very good and

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vided into three sectors: West under Insp Jerry Prodger East under Insp GeoffWyatt

Town (covering the High Street ward) under Insps Dave Coleman and Jody Gagan-Cook. Thenewset-upwas introduced

on November 16 following a countywide review, necessitated by Government spending cuts. 'Top notch' policing - page 16

ing there are often collisions, they were told by officers that the number of injuries were not high enough to justify funding via KCC's crash reduction pro- gramme.

Sheephurst Lane and Green

Lane in the Collier Street area have become “rat runs”, mem- bers of Maidstone Joint Trans- portation Board heard. Cllr Dan Daley said: "Some of

these lanes are very dangerous, and the fact that there aren't any fatalities is probably down to skill or luck." Cllr Annabelle Blackmore, whose ward includes Collier Street, said: "It's always the rural areas that miss out. An

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after lorry survey COUNCILLORS are running out of patience over a survey of lorry movements in the Yalding area. The long-running saga about

Hundreds gathered to see Forces veterans, here passing Maidstone Town Hall

Maidstone remembers war heroes MAIDSTONE twice came to a standstill to commemorate the lives of those that have fought for Britain during wars. Fremlin Walk was among the places that marked Remem- brance Day on Friday, November 11. A short ceremony began with the sounding of the last post by bugler Barry Knight, a vet- eran bandsman of the Queen's Own RoyalWest Kent Regiment. An exhortation was then be read by Jock Shearer,


Parish funding deal moves closer

Scout camp plans for trespass site


Supermarkets battle for Staplehurst

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the parish's request for a weight restriction is beginning to turn into a farce. It is 12 months since Kent HighwayServices’ agents, Jacobs, carried out the survey but the re- sults have still not been made public. Ward councillor Annabelle Blackmore said the results had been requested, first in April, then July. "This is a third polite request before things start to be- come a little bit more unpleas- ant."

She agreedwith another coun-

cillor at Maidstone's Joint Trans- portation Board (JTB) that Yalding’s call for action



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