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TRAFFIC disruption is likely while awater main is laid in Staplehurst. The work, to lay 75m of pipe

along Pagehurst Road from the junction with Marden Road, will last four weeks, closing Pagehurst Road on November 21. The alter- native route will be via Marden Road, A229 High Street/Cranbrook Road, Pinnock Lane, Five Oak Lane, Five Ash Lane. Another 25m of pipe will be in-

stalled along Oliver Road from the junction with Marden Road from January 3, for about three weeks. A new flowmeter chamber in Marden Road will complete the work. This will start on January 24 and be finished by mid-February. For details call South EastWater on 0333 000 0002.

Carwas stolen TWOmen have been arrested after a car reported stolen from Maid- stone town centrewas recovered in East Farleigh. Two women were allegedly ap- proached in their car in Brewer Street at about 9.50pm on Sunday, September 18. After talking to the men the women left their car, only to find it gone on their return. The vehicle was later recovered

in Farleigh Lane. Two men being arrested on suspicion of its theft. One of the men is 27 and of no

fixed address. The other is 31 and from Maidstone. Both have been bailed until November 29.

Drunk crash driver is sent to jail for 6 years

ASTAPLEHURST man who caused the “entirely avoidable” death of an- other driver in a head-on crash has been jailed for six years.

Drunk Kevin Moore (45), of Couchman Green Lane, was driv- ing a Land Rover Discovery errati- cally on the A229 Staple- hurst Road when his car veered into the oncoming lane and smashed into the 63- year-old vic- tim’s car. He had been driving home

Kevin Moore

to Marden when he encountered Moore. A detective in the case said the innocent man and his family had been “needlessly robbed of a fu- ture” by Moore’s dangerous driv- ing.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of causing death by dangerous driv- ing and was sentenced at Maid- stone Crown Court on Friday, November 18. Judge Adele Williams heard

Moore had drunk six pints of beer before getting behind the wheel. The court heard that the collision

took place at approximately 5.05pm on January 4, 2016. Condi- tions were dark when the crash took place on the national speed limit road. Following the accident, a person

who was driving behind Moore told officers how she had slowed down because she could see the dark-coloured 4X4 swerving from left to right. As this driver drove past the turn

off for Marden, they saw the vic- tim’s car heading towards a ditch, with Moore’s vehicle lying on its left side in the middle of the road, facing the wrong way. Another driver, who was travel-

ling ahead of the victim’s car, told officers that shortly before the col- lision they had had to take evasive action to avoid Moore’s car – nearly ending up in a ditch them- selves. Paramedics took the victim to a hospital in London where he

died from traumatic head injuries the next day. Aswell as causing death by dan- gerous driving, Moore was con- victed of driving a motor vehicle without a licence and driving with- out third party insurance. He was banned from driving for

nine years. Detective Constable Barry Good-

sell, the investigating officer for this case, said: “Moorewas seen by several different witnesses driving dangerously in the lead-up to this fatal collision. “His car was seen veering into

the wrong lane on more than occa- sion – at one point another driver had to quickly move out of hisway and nearly ended up in a ditch themselves. “This poor driving has ulti- mately led to an innocent man being killed. The victim and his family have needlessly been robbed of a future. If that wasn’t tragic enough, his death was en- tirely avoidable.”

The 2nd Coxheath Guides and below, the 1st Maidstone Senior Section Village’s history put in print

EAST Farleigh is one of Maidstone’s most historical villages, highlights of which are featured in a 58-page book published by the parish council. The village boasts evidence of human habitation as far back as 9000BC-4000BC, and was chosen as the site for an impressive Roman villa – one of several along the banks of the Medway. The parish church has its origins in Saxon times and the medieval

bridge, crossed by the Roundheads in 1648 during the civil war, is mentioned in 1324. By 1881, the village population was 1,668, compared with about

1,500 today.Many were involved in farming, especially hops, and oast houses can still be seen dotted around the village. In 1849, a cholera epidemic killed 43, with Dame Edith Cavell among

the nurses who came to help and stayed. Other notable residents included the anti-slavery campaigner, William Wilberforce. East Farleigh has many war stories, with a German Messerschmitt

crashing in 1940, and pill boxes along the Medway, with the one east of Farleigh Lock surviving. The book, with a foreword by former MP Ann Widdecombe (who

attended the launch reception), has been distributed free to all households in the village and is available from the parish council for £2.50.

4 Maidstone Weald December 2016 Book review by Dennis Fowle Guides win challenges

GUIDES from Maidstone are celebrating after winning two chal- lenge titles in a county competition. The 1st Maidstone Senior Section and 2nd Coxheath Guides beat

more than 40 teams in a series of tasks, including raft-making, to take the crown as cham- pions at Challenge In- victa in Tonbridge. Coxheath Guide Tilly

Fuller (12) said: “I could- n’t believe it. When they read our team number out, I started clapping for the team that won. We never thought it would be us!” The leaders of 2nd CoxheathGuideswere especially pleased, hav-

ing last won the trophy 11 years ago. The group has now won the competition the most times in the event’s history. Challenge Invicta saw 150 girls, aged 10 to 18, take part in a seven- mile hike, completing tasks every mile for points.

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