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December 2016 Scan takes years off town’s mummy

THE face of Maidstone’s 2,700-year-old mummy, Ta- Kush, has been brought to life with the help of a re- vealing body scan.

The initial findings by radiologists at KIMS Hos- pital in Maidstone may finally reveal her age, sug- gesting that she may have been in her 20s when she died, not 14 as previously thought. The scan also showed a fracture in one of Ta Kush’s vertebrae, possibly caused by a fall. The results will be examined by international specialists as part of a Lottery funded project in- volving Maidstone Museum, which has been the mummy’s home for many years.

More research will now be carried out with John Moore’s University in Liverpool to form a new ex- hibition when the mummy goes back on display at the museum next summer.

Residents lose sleep over diverted trains

RESIDENTS are suffering sleepless nights after being woken up by noisy freight trains trundling through Maidstone.

The diversion of goods wagons onto the line from Maidstone West to Farleigh and beyond has been keeping neighbours awake and rais- ing concerns about the effect of the loads on their homes. One woman from Lower Fant Road says she has lived by the line for 60 years, but the increase in trains now wakes her and shakes her 150- year-old property.

Network Rail has blamed a dam- aged bridge at Lewisham for the di- version of more freight on to the line. A spokesman said: “While freight trains have always used this stretch of railway, we have recently had to route more of them this way to avoid a damaged bridge in Lewisham. “The bridge has a temporary

weight restriction on it while we re- pair it, meaning that some freight trains from Hoo and Grain have to run via Strood and Maidstone, rather than their normal route. We anticipate this bridge will be fixed by mid-November. “This stretch of

railway has proved its worth many

times over recently, with high speed trains from Maidstone West and freight trains adding to the passen- ger services already running.” But Fant’s borough councillor Matt Boughton (pictured) says while he understands trains need to be di- verted in an emergency, Network

Rail should have warned those liv- ing near the line about the disrup- tion.

He said: “Network Rail should

have at least dropped a line to resi- dents in areas like Lower Fant Road and Charles Street to let them know what was going on, what it involves and when it’s likely to be finished.” He added: “Network Rail needs to be a bit more sympathetic and to communicate better, rather than leaving it for residents to be sur- prised and fearful.”

A Network Rail spokesman ad- vised anyone concerned about their home and damage being caused by passing trains to instruct a surveyor to inspect their property and notify them.

Barracks to shut

01622 690290 YOUR LOCAL PROPERTY EXPERT 23 Pudding Lane • Maidstone • Kent

MAIDSTONE’S Invicta Park Bar- racks is to shut its doors, ending more than two centuries of military history in the count y town. The decision was announced by defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon.


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News Drivers needed

A HOMELESS charity has a new furniture store and now needs volunteer van drivers to deliver large loads. 3

‘Rogue trader’ denial

THE Maidstone firm featured in BBC’s Watchdog disputes pressure-selling techniques.

Drugs in freezer

A DRUG dealer was found to have amphetamines hidden in his freezer. 8

Morrisons relaunch

MORRISONS is set to unveil its extension and product ranges next month.

MAIDSTONE workers earn an average of more than £29,000 a year – study.

18 Middle of pay league 18

Ukip delays selection 19

UKIP has postponed selecting county council candi- dates by a month.

Parish Councils 32

THE speed of vehicles through areas of Tovil will be brought to the attention of Kent Highways; there have been reports of ducks killed on a pond in Loose; a resident has asked for signs on the parish field in Barming to remind dog owners they must clear up after their pets.

Crime Reports 32

A BLUE and white Suzuki 750 motorcycle was stolen from an address in Fant; a red Apollo BMX bike was taken from school grounds in Boughton Lane; a missile was thrown at a property, causing damage to it, in Sevington Park.

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