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News Town’s safety heroes rewarded

A POLICE woman praised for “going the extra mile to keep Maidstone safe” almost missed picking up her prize after detain- ing a suspect on the way to the awards’ ceremony. PCSO Caroline Honeysett put

duty first as she made her way to the 2014 MaidSafe awards cere- mony at theWonderland nightclub in Barker Road. There was still time for her to re-

ceive the Timpson outstanding serv- ice award, which she shares with PCSONeil Lettington. Neil and Car- oline (pictured) are a constant pres- ence in the town, and, according to a nomination by Marks and Spencer,

Office conversion

AN office at 3 Tonbridge Road, Maidstone may be converted into nine flats. Applicant Berry & Berry has is-

sued a prior notification notice that will be determined by Maidstone Council.

Bedsits proposed

PLANNING permission has been granted to convert offices at 53 and 53a London Road, Maidstone, into 10 bedsits.

“are the one team Maidstone cannot do without”. MaidSafe brings together retail-

ers, licensees, CCTV operators, the police and Town Centre Manage- ment in Maidstone in a united effort

Knit and naer KEEN knitters are invited to bring theirwool and needles along to the Knit and Natter events at the Heart of Kent Hospice shop and café at 13 King Street, Maidstone. The group meets from 2.30pm-

4pm on the third Thursday of every month, and it costs £1 to join a ses- sion. All knitters arewelcome, regard-

less of ability. Just turn up, or call the fundraising team on 01622 790195.

to keep the area safe. The awards were presented by

town centre manager Bill Moss, The Mall’s manager Paul Alcock, Cllr JohnWilson, Chief Inspector Simon Wilson and Chief Superintendent Steve Corbishley from Kent Police. Other award winnerswere: Individual: Glenn Jones, from Boots security. Glennwas instrumental in identifying two prolific offenders re- cently sent to prison for stealing de- signer glasses. Outstanding actions: Rob Garner, from the Urban Blue Bus, and spe- cial constable Kevin Buck. Rob has given up 46 weeks of his own time over the last five years to manage

Bowling night MAYOR ofMaidstone Clive English is hosting a tenpin bowling evening at Hollywood Bowl, Lock- meadow Entertainment Centre, in support of Maidstone Mind and Maidstone Mencap. Tickets for the event at 7.30pm

on Monday, March 17, are £19 each. For information contact Julie Webb at mayor@maid- or call 01622 602183.

the Urban Blue Bus in Maidstone. Mr Buck volunteered over 20 years ago andworks a 10-hour foot patrol in the town every Saturday night. Team: The Mall security team. Judges said team members are al- ways on hand for residents and vis- itors and recently saved the life of a choking victim. Best night-time economy team: Urban Blue Bus, which has volun- teered over 4,000 hours and dealt with more than 630 incidents. Linda Gillette: PC Ash Bates, who has been on the beat for three years. The award was in memory of town centre PC Linda Gillette, who died in 2011 after a battle with cancer.

New franchise A MASERATI franchise is set to move in to Motorline Maidstone on the Parkwood Industrial Estate in Bircholt Road. To facilitate this, a planning ap- plication has been submitted to part demolish an existing show- room, extend a workshop with MOT bay and install first floor of- fices. The site currently houses Renault

and Hyundai franchises. Maid- stone Council will determine.

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