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November 2016


FREE No. 235


MP joins town celebration of diversity News


MAIDSTONE and the Weald MP Helen Grant was one of the guests at the Maidstone Black and Minor- ity Ethnic Communities Forum’s recent celebration.


Mrs Grant, deputy mayor of Maidstone Malcolm Greer, and 200 guests from 20 countries enjoyed a coming together of cultures. The MP spoke of the need to em- brace and celebrate our diversity and to counter the national 85% in- crease in hate crime since the coun- try voted to leave the EU in June.


 Downs Mail expands


DOWNS Mail announces the ex- pansion of its portfolio from four editions to five - distribut- ing 85,000 copies monthly. 3


Park Wood revamp


TRADERS move into new prem- ises in £50m revamp of Park Wood.


She said: “It is also vital that peo- ple from diverse backgrounds en- gage with the political process if


they are to effect positive change. Registering to vote is a good start.” Full story, page 11


Warning as third cat found dismembered


AMAIDSTONE pet owner has added her call in the growing campaign to track down a cat killer in the Tovil area.


After a third attack of its kind in


the town, Claire Devereaux spoke this week about Tampa – her short- hair black cat, found twoweeks after hewent missing, minus his head, tail and front paws in a children’s park near Albert Reed Gardens. The attack, according to Miss De- vereaux (34), bears the hallmarks of the 130 bodies now being linked to the so-called “Croydon Cat Killer”. She said: “When Tampa went missing, I joined a number of miss- ing cat sites on Facebook and was advised to report Tampa’s death not only to the council, but the Metro- politan Police inquiry and South Norwood Animal Rescue and Lib- erty (SNARL), which I have done. “I feel more than one person is re- sponsible for these attacks because of the area that they now cover. However, it is important for anyone


these to the same person. “There are several theories, but it


looks as if this could be some sort of salesman or delivery driver or a re- moval man. The timescales make it possible if they have transport and are sent to various areas. “While there is a higher propor-


with a cat to be aware and to report anyone acting suspiciously.” For the time being, the mum-to-be


is keeping her other three cats in- doors overnight. Tony Jenkins, from SNARL, be-


lieves police should be looking for “a manin a van or travelling salesman” in connection with the inquiry. He said: “We have had post- mortems carried out on 35 cats, over- seen by the RSPCA, which links


tion around Croydon, we’ve had three cases from Maidstone, one from Margate and others from Man- chester and Birmingham.” The other cats found dead in the Maidstone areawere a Bengal called Rosie and Ella who was found in Bearsted and belonged to a family from Grove Green – both incidents were reported in the Downs Mail. Anyone with information should


call Kent Police on 101, Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 and report cases to SNARL on 07961 030 064.


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Gyratory delay WORK on the Maidstone bridges gyratory system will not be com- pleted on time. The £5.75 million project was


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due to end in November but bosses now say it will be January 2017.


14 Festive recycling


CHRISTMAS is coming and we have advice on recycling festive waste. For more, see the Maid- stone Borough Council-sponsored 12-page Borough Update inside.


Local Plan inquiry


THE public inquiry into the coun- cil’s Local Plan begins with MPs speaking out. 4


Sink hole danger


A TOP geologist warns of the sink hole dangers facing Maidstone.


Beggars moved on


TOWN centre beggars will be moved on under a bold council scheme.


Ukip fraud denial


AN EX-Ukip MEP denies she knew of an expenses scam run by an aide.


Obituaries Comment


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Parish Councils 43 Crime Reports 43


VEHICLE body parts were stolen from a Volvo saloon at a car park in Campbell Road.


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