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downsmail.co.uk Maidstone South Edition


Maidstone & Malling’s No. 1 newspaper


June 2017


Rustie to be panto’s Fairy Godmother


RUSTIE Lee, the TV cook and star of the Bafta- nominated "Real Marigold Hotel", will play the Fairy Godmother at this year's panto at the Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone. Cinderella runs from December 1 to 31. Rustie, famous for her infectious laugh, has


been on our screens for decades and is still a reg- ular on ITV's This Morning. She has also ap- peared inWest End shows such as South Pacific. A spokesman for the Hazlitt Theatre said: “Rustie is very much one of the nation’s favourites.We believe that she will prove to be a big draw in our production of Cinderella .”  More Hazlitt panto news on page 8


Teens charged with killing man in park


DETECTIVES investigating the violent death of a homeless Romanian man in Tovil have charged two teenagers with murder.


Alex McDonald (18), of Regency


Place, Maidstone, and Jimmy Buck- ley (19), of Capell Close, Coxheath, are both charged with the murder of Razvan Sirbu (pictured), be- tween May 6 and 7. Mr Sirbu (21), of no fixed ad-


dress,was found dead in Crisbrook Meadow in the Loose Valley Con- servation Area at 7.15am on Sun- day, May 7, 2017. According to police, a post mortem examination revealed Mr Sirbu had died from “blunt force trauma” to the head and body. McDonald and Buckley have


been remanded in custody and ap- peared beforeMedway Magistrates on May 16. Two boys, aged 14 and 15, who


dress, was arrested on May 16 on suspicion of murder andwas still in custody as Downs Mail went to press. It is understood Mr Sirbu had


been sleeping rough behind houses on Tovil Hill, but had more recently acquired a tent. News of his death stunned the


local community and floral tributes were laid close to where he died. Mr Sirbu’s family described him


as “a son who was always willing to help those in need”. Mr Sirbu’s mother said in a state-


were also arrested in connection with the incident have been bailed pending further enquiries until June 8. An 18-year-old, of no fixed ad-


ment: “My only son, Razvan, was full of mercy and empathy; he would always want to help others in need. “Razvan was very shy and very


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good. He was very well-behaved and listened to people intently. “He had a lot of love from me and my wider family. Razvan was my only child, so he was spoilt by the whole family. He was also the only grandson to my parents.” Anyone with information can call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quot- ing crime reference YY/011763/17.


webexpand.co.uk Obituaries 36 Crime Reports 37


A CAR was broken into at Gabriels Hill and a bank card stolen; youths were seen trying to gain access to a van at Glebe Lane; a black bicycle was stolen from The Broadway; a house was broken into and jewellery taken by bur- glars in Park Avenue.


Parish Councils 37


FLEUR Willson has been co-opted onto the parish council in Barming; the smoking of cannabis at King George V play- ing field in Loose has been re- ported but not caught on CCTV; the parish clerk at Barming has received one report of rubbish being dumped at one of the new bus shelters.


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News Litter firm trouble


A LITTER enforcement firm em- ployed by the council has been suspended over claims it of- fers staff fine bonuses. 3


Arriva face numbers


DATA shows Invicta grammar pupils are turning up late after timetable changes.


4 Princess Royal visit


PRINCESS Anne dropped in on Maidstone’s Save the Children shop. 16


Loulous Ofsted praise 26


A CHILDCARE facility in Maidstone has been rated as “out- standing” by Ofsted .





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