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FORMER Invicta Grammar School pupil Emily Fermor will stand for parliament as a Liberal Democrat against the Conservative MP Helen Grant.


The 23-year-old Oxford history graduate, pictured right, is on standby for a possible snap general election next spring for the Maid- stone and Weald constituency. Miss Fermor was elected by a single vote in May’s borough council elections to the Coxheath and Hunton ward, beating the Tories. She was part of her Lib Dem predecessor Jasper Gerard’s team in


2015.


Miss Fermor, who works for the London PR firm Bell Pottinger as a consultant, said: “I have lived in Maidstone all of my life and have a knowledge and understanding of our local town and villages that can’t be taught. I relish the opportunity to prove myself in the coming years.” Full story, page 4


Cat feared to be latest victim of serial killer


AN“adorable” pedigree cat is feared to have fallen victim to the latest at- tack by the notorious pet killer stalking the south east.


A neighbour discovered the dead animal – a two-year-old Bengal called Rosie – whose tail had been removed at its base. Acharity which has been working alongside police investigating the work of the so-called “Croydon Cat Killer” fears the hallmarks match previous attacks. The owner, a mother of four from


Sutton Roadwhohas asked not to be named, said: “Rosie was just adorable. I amso gutted that anyone could do this to my lovely cat.” She learned of Rosie’s death when


a neighbour found Rosie’s collar. The owner then found her beloved


pet mutilated with her tail missing. She added: “I think whoever did


this took Rosie’s tail as a trophy. It looked like someone had used a chopper to take it off. The tail had


afraid so. There have been quite a few with that hallmark.” The owner has also informed the RSPCA, after taking advice from Kent Police. She added: “In manyways, Rosie


been cut down to the back bone. South Norwood Animal Rescue


and Liberty (SNARL) isnowliaising with the woman and offering ad- vice. SNARL has dealt with dozens of cases across the south east, in- cluding Bearsted and Sittingbourne. The attacks appeared to start in the Croydon area of south London. Asked if tail removal was usual


with the assailant, SNARL spokesman Tony Jenkins said: “I’m


was the perfect cat. She was very loveable, very friendly and very, very naughty. Not to be replaced.” Ella, the mutilated cat found in Bearsted, belonged to a family in Grove Green. A Kent Police spokesman said:


“We received a report stating that a catwas found dead in Sutton Road, Maidstone. The cat is reported to have been found with injuries it is believed to have died from. “Anyone with information on this


can call Kent Police on 101 quoting YY/021239/16 or Kent Crimestop- pers on 0800 555111.”


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THENatWest branch in Staplehurst attacked by ram-raiders in July is still shut with no plans to reopen it while the bank carries out a security review. Villagers say they fear that the branch could be closed for good.


5 October 2016 No. 234 News Marden garden gong


MARDEN has been awarded a top award for its gorgeous gar- dens in the South East In Bloom competition. 3


Sex attacker hunted


POLICE are hunting a taxi driver who sexually assaulted a female passenger. 5


Crossing ‘welcomed’


SUTTON Valence has a new pedestrian crossing - with mixed reaction.


6 Medway migrant pass


WORK on East Farleigh lock will include a migratory fish pass.


12 Cock Inn award hope


THE Cock Inn at Boughton Monchelsea is in the run- ning for pub of the year. 14


MP Grant vote boost


FIND out why MP Helen Grant may get more Maidstone voters.


Ramblin’ too loud


THE Ramlin’ Man Fair music fes- tival was too loud, say official figures.


Ukip’s massive win


UKIP retained the Shepway south council seat with a large majority. 26


Obituaries 34


Comment 36-37 Crime Reports 37


A TRAILER was stolen in Hunton; a caravan was taken from a field in Headcorn; eight truck wheels were stolen from a yard in Collier Street; a car was broken into in Chart Sutton; a vacuum cleaner and tools were taken from a prop- erty in Marden.


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