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FREE No. 237

News Haberdashery shuts

SEW A Good Yarn is to shut after five years in the centre of Maidstone as the team running it are retiring. 3

Blue is Miri’s colour

Christmas bling is a tip-top job

TIP, tip hooray! … The “elves” have been at work at Tovil Tip, making the best of discarded Christmas decorations.

The site in Burial Ground Road is just one of three managed for the county council by Jon Slattery Ltd, whose teams compete each year to spread Christmas cheer. Geoff Cloke, who manages the

county’s waste contracts, is a huge fan of Christmas.

He said: “Tips can be pretty un- appealing places, so using waste and some lights to cheer people up at Christmas is a great idea.” With the tip closed for just two days over Christmas, we’re not surprised the lads decided to make the most of the holidays.

Yobs deface statue to hero of Light Brigade

GRAFFITI yobswhodaubed obscenities on a Maidstone memorial to one of the nation’s most famouswar heroes should face the full force of the law.

That was the view of Gordon Newton following the attack on the monument he designed and built to honour Charge of the Light Brigate hero Captain Louis Nolan. Sickening language was sprayed

on the memorial, which was com- missioned by Maidstone Council in 2013 in Church Street, where Cap- tain Nolan lived. Further pink paint was found on the pavement in Mar- sham Street following the attack on Saturday, November 24. Borough Cllr Gordon Newton,

who owns the Stone Shop at East Farleigh, and colleague Ian Acott (pictured), used wire brushes to

He said the memorial to Captain

scrub away the paint over two days. Cllr Newton said: “This was just

yobs. It demonstrates a lack of re- spect and brings disgrace on Maid- stone. I hope the two culprits are caught and dealt with in court with the severity they deserve.”

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Nolan sets the record straight for the “muchmaligned”war hero and one- time master in charge of the cavalry at Maidstone Barracks. He added: “He led the charge on horseback andwas blamed bymany for trying to stop it with a failed at- tempt towarn Lord Cardigan that he was leading his cavalry into the path of the Russian artillery. “Itwas easy to blame a dead man, but this me- morial sets the record straight.” Police confirm they are investigat-

ing reports of criminal damage in the Church Street area, including re- viewing CCTV images.

Gyratory open THE new north-bound lanes of the Maidstone bridges gyratory system have opened. The project, which has cost

nearly £6m, aims to allow traffic to flow more freely around the county town centre.


MIRI Taylor has been picked to play for Chelsea in a crunch European match.

Tory ejection claim

A COUNCILLOR says he was ejected from a Ramblin’ Man noise meeting. 6

Invicta art success

TWO Invicta pupils have won awards in a Kent-wide arts competition.

10 MP’s M20 campaign

HELEN Whately is pressing for a new M20 surface to reduce noise levels.

Tributes to Luke

THE family of crash victim Luke Mumford have paid a loving tribute to him.

18 Crime Reports 18

TWO tyres were slashed on a Re- nault Scenic parked in a driveway in Bower Street; a vehicle parked in Tonbridge Road had bodywork damaged; a secure shed in San- dling Road was broken in to; cash was stolen from a falt during a break-in at Hardy Street.

Obituaries 36 Parish Councils 38

THREE quotes have been ob- tained for a new kitchen at the pavilion in Barming; a budget of £2,000 has been agreed for a fund to stage community events in Tovil; a salt bin to service Wes- ley Close, Barming, was placed in a resident’s garden; the creartion of a community hub will be in fu- ture plans for Tovil.

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