Conmenwarning as elderly are targeted

POLICE have warned residents to beaware after incidents acrosswest Kent where elderly people were tricked by fraudsters into parting with thousands of pounds. Two Maidstone banks have con-

tacted officers to report cases of conmen preying on the elderly. In one incident on March 8, an elderly man withdrew £9,500 to pay two builders. Kent Police advise people to be on

their guard and not to hand over their financial details to strangers on the doorstep or to seek advice from a family member or the police. These builders had partially com-

Daffodils herald

spring’s arrival SPRING has finally sprung. The snow- drops have faded and givenway to a carpet of golden daffodils. This picture was taken by Maid-

stone resident Paul Donnelly at Leeds Castle on awalk with his family. Hesaid: “Suddenly the whole place

seems to spring into life after winter. It is so lovely to see the daffs, prim- roses and crocuses.”

Firm to extend cricket support

AN accountancy firm with offices in Maidstone has confirmed it will continue to sponsor Kent County Cricket Club. Wilkins Kennedy, which has an

office at Eclipse Park, has agreed to renew its sponsorship deal for the fifth year and says its continued al- liance with the club is as important as ever.

Regional managing partner Rob Reynolds said: “Kent County Cricket Club has a high profile in the county and as we grow our presence in Kent we are pleased to be associated with the club. They are supportive of our initiatives and we look forward to being a part of the club’s continued and growing success.” Emma Santer, commercial direc-

tor at Kent County Cricket Club, said: “We are delighted that Wilkins Kennedy is continuing their sponsorship and we look for- ward to the opportunity of growing our relationship with them.” Chairman George Kennedy will

step down as chairman of KCCC later this month at the club’s an-

nual meeting later this month after nine years in the post. Mr Kennedy, a member for 40

years, became president of KCCC in 2007 and the following year he was elected chairman. The new man stated his aim was

to make the club “fit for purpose” in a difficult and challenging finan- cial climate. Working with chief executive

Jamie Clifford since 2010, the club have recorded a £1m improvement in their finances through cost effi- ciencies, sponsorship deals and raised ticket revenues. Despite this apparent success, the

club has reportedly posted a loss, although club management say off the field arrangements are in good health.

Financial figures for the year end-

ing October 31, 2016, showed a loss of £65,835, down from a profit of £345,784 12 months earlier. Chief executiveMr Clifford said:

“It was a tougher year from a trad- ing perspective but the club’s over- all financial health is much improved.”

Choirs join to raise voices

MORE than 100 singers from Maidstone joined voices for a day ofmusic magic with composer Bob Chilcott. He was there to give first-hand direction during rehearsals of Bob Chilcott’s St John Passion at Invicta School, and featured in the performance at the end of the day. A spokesman said: “It was all the more wonderful that Bob was there sharing his experiences and musical skills, and gave us all the pleasure of having the composer rehearse and explain how he wanted it sung.” “This was a unique experience for us all to work with him and thanks

go to Maidstone Choral Union for organising the day and for so many singers from other choirs joining us. Everyone went home feeling happy and uplifted by the experience.” There’s another chance to hear Maidstone Choral Union perform this

work, and the joyful Part 3 ofMessiah, at All Saints’ Church in Maidstone, from 7.30pm, on Saturday, April 1. Tickets are £12 and are available on the door or by calling Freda Crispin on 01622 726193. Student tickets are half price.

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pleted work for the victim last No- vember and had returned at the be- ginning of March, demanding more money, falsely claiming they had not been previously paid. Another bank also contacted po-

lice after another elderly resident visited the bank on both March 9 and March 10 and withdrew more than £12,000 in order to pay a person whowas painting her living room. OnMarch 8, officers received a re-

port from a concerned elderly resi- dent in the Tunbridge Wells area after receiving a phone call from someone telling her she needed to buy iTunes vouchers from a shop be-

fore passing on the serial numbers. Sergeant Rachael Cumberland

said: “I would encourage anyone who receives a phone call from someone they do notknowandwho is demanding money to hang up and to not give any personal details. It’s also important to remember that the police or a bank will never call up asking for a PIN number. “Likewise, if someone knocks at

your door offering to complete work on your house always seek a second opinion and, if in doubt, tell a fam- ily member who may be able to help. Aternatively, call Kent Police on 101 for advice.”


M20 delays look likely

RESURFACING work is set to cause problems on the M20 until May.

Work will also include replacing

road markings and refurbishing el- ements such as studs. Work started on March 19 and

will carry on until at least May 15, with an Easter break between April 13 and 16. There will be no work on Satur-

days but these days will be left for “contingency plans”. All the work is dependent on the

weather. There will be full closures and

lane closures on London and coast bound carriageways. Diversion signs will be in use, but full clo- sures are likely to cause significant delays. All works are between 8pm and 6am. Traffic will be taken off the mo-

torway eastbound at M20 junction four, diverted to the A228 and then to the M2 and taken back to junc- tion three at the Blue Bell Hill in- terchange.

 Full closures: Coast-bound J4, 2/4-7/4; London-bound J4, 9/4- 12/4; London-bound J5-6, 17/4- 24/4; London-bound, J4 25/4-3/5; coast-bound J4, 4/5-15/5.

Lane closures: London-bound J6- 4, 27/3-31/3

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