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Drink driver Marian Mirea was sentenced at


AFARLEIGH Hill man has avoided prison after a string of driving of- fences.


Mid Kent Magistrates’ Court after admitting driving while disquali- fied, without insurance and drink driving. Mirea (29), of Farleigh Hill, Maid-


stone, was stopped a Citroen C1 in Station Hill, Maidstone. He gave a breath test of 94mg of alcohol in 100 ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.


Magistrates sentenced him to 120


days in prison, suspended for 24 months, and banned him from driv- ing for 52 months. He must pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.


Charity date


A MACMILLAN Coffee Morning, organised by the Healthy High Streets group, saw 25 local busi- nesses participating and more than £4,000was raised. The group’s next project will be Children In Need.


Lights go on


FREMLINWalk shopping complex will switch on its Christmas lights on November 17 with festive activ- ities from 3pm. The lights will be turned on at 6pm, possibly by a celebrity.


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Security officers help to keep streets safer


THEY might look slightly sinister with their dark uniforms under night-time urban street-lighting, but these are actually the good guys of Maidstone. Out on patrol over the Halloween


weekend – when the pubs and clubs are full of revellers – these town centre marshalswere part of a trial scheme to help manage the night-time economy. Provided by Maidstone-based


TMS Protection, four operatives were out and about to support the services already on offer by Urban Blue and the Street Pastors. According to One Maidstone, the


town centre business partnership scheme, the TMS staffers were there to act as ambassadors for the county town and to add back-up, should the police require it. Now a study is being conducted


to evaluate whether the scheme can be made to work more regularly after its successful try-out. One Maidstone spokesman Ilsa


Butler said: “Halloween weekend, traditionally one of the busiest in the pubbing and clubbing calendar,


saw a trial of a new scheme to fur- ther cement the successful partner- ship approach that Maidstone takes to managing the night time econ- omy.


“Four town centre marshals sup-


plied by TMSProtection took to the streets to support the existing serv- ices delivered by Urban Blue and the Street Pastors, to act as ambas- sadors for the town and to provide assistance to the police where ap- propriate. “The trial was seen as very posi-


tive and the marshals’ friendly but vigilant approach lent an addi- tional level of security to the volun- teers working in the town and, of course, to the night economy cus- tomers themselves. “Research will now be under-


taken by participating agencies, MaidSafe, the town’s crime reduc- tion partnership and the police, to ascertain the viability of the scheme on a more regular footing. “This project is in addition to the regular Police work that covers the night economy and supports all agencies.”


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