Maidstone South Edition October 2017 June 2018 Panto ahoy!
THE cast of Cinderella, which is to be staged at the Hazlitt Theatre in Maid- stone, took to the River Medway to launch this year's panto. On board The Kentish Lady were national treasure Rustie Lee (Fairy Godmother), former EastEnder Ste- fan Booth (Prince Charming), Eliza- beth Bright (Cinderella), Craig Anderson (Buttons) and, pictured, Stephen Richards and Adam Bor- zone (Ugly Sisters) . They were greeted by pupils from
EastEnders star in panto
SOAP star Richard Blackwood has been named as the star of this year's pantomime at the Hazlitt Theatre. Richard, 45, has an impressive
South Borough Primary School and members of the media. The panto runs from December 1-31. For tick- ets go to www.hazlitttheatre.co.uk
array of talents as an actor, comedian and rapper and will be treading the boards inMaidstone fromDecember 1 to 31. He will play the Genie inAladdin. In 2015, he joined the cast of
‘Muggerswon’t stop me having night out’
CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a country road have been made by the local borough councillor.
A PENSIONER robbed of her bag as she walked home fromMaidstone town centre insists that shewill not let the attack stop her fromgoing out.
back after a night at the Old House at Home pub in Pudding Lane just beforemidnight on Sunday,May 6, when she was attacked on a foot- path leading from County Hall to Lower Boxley Road. She said: “As Iwaswalking home,
a man came up behind me and put his hand on my shoulder, I asked him not to do that and then he hit me and tookmy bag. “I shouted and swore at him, and
Burberry Lane, near Leeds and Broomfield, has been targeted by waste dumpers for years, but in re- cent months, the problem has be- come more acute. Constructionwaste, rubble, hard
Lesley Wilson (69) was walking
core, windows and household fur- niture is left illegally – often strewn in the middle of the road. Cllr Gill Fort said: “Every month
he came back and hitme again. “I’m a bit shaken up and I don’t like people coming up behind me,
we are having toilets, sinks and construction waste dumped in the village, specifically in Burberry Lane, where we are now thinking of installing cameras on private land, to oversee the problem area.” A recent event in Burberry Lane
saw a caravan burned out while a torched car remains on a footpath
nearby, more than a year after it was dumped and set on fire. The church car park has also seen
many instances of illegal dumping. But it is a problem in many rural
Lesley Wilson with her son David
but itwon’t stopme going out.” The bag contained just £11, an
areas including Langley, Otham and Kingswood. Water Lane in Bearsted and Pilgrims Way have also been targeted recently. Last year, Maidstone Borough Council cleared 911 cases of fly-tip- ping and this year more than 163 have been recorded since April. The approaching darker evenings will prompt a rise in illegal tipping. Cllr Fort welcomed a joint initia-
umbrella, a torch and her keys. The mum-of-three, who has
tive by the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Stan- dards Agency to clamp down on
autism and learning difficulties, added: “I was really shocked when it happened, and for the next couple of days I was upset. I would defi- nitely recognise theman. “It’smademewary and next time
I’mout onmy own, I’ll get a taxi.” MrsWilson’s sonDavidliveswith
unlicensed waste carriers, but be- lieves the cost to small firms of dis- posing of construction waste at a transfer station is proving a deter- rent that is costing councils more. Cllr Fort made her remarks as
her in Peel Street.He said: “The first I knew of it was when the police turnedupwith her. Itwas one of the most horrible feelings to know that had happened tomymum.” The man is described as 5ft 6ins,
with black hair and a short beard. Hewaswearing a black hoodedtop, black tracksuit bottoms and white trainers. AKent Police spokesman said: “A
one of the borough’s closest trans- fer stations at North Farm, Tun- bridge Wells, announced it will be closed for 10weeks. She added: “If you go along the
line of increasing fines, they have to be enforced. A reduction in the charge or offering it free may have the desired similar effect.” Athree-monthly litter pick on the mile-long stretch of road through Leeds village produces an average 32 black sacks of rubbish.
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Can Tories gain control? THE May 3 elections once again left the council in no overall control but the Conservatives as the largest group .
KATE Hart, a resident at an old people’s home in Bearsted, has died aged 107, her son David has disclosed.
HELEN Whately asked the government to halt the borough’s housing scheme.
POLICE sealed off Maidstone Mosque after suspicious envelopes were received.
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RETAIL giant M&S has submitted plans for its new store at Eclipse Park.
THE former Neighbours star brings his show to the Hazlitt Theatre next May.
Jason Donovan date 18
WE LOOK into the state of the pub trade in the county town.
M20 Brexit fears
HIGHWAYS chiefs are no closer to finding a solution to Operation Stack.
A CHARITY donation request has been received at Barming; it was noted that many councillors in Loosewere unhappy that the latest meeting of the Joint Transporation Board (JTB) had been cancelled; a Barmingresident has written asking if a tree branch can be removed; the community warden in Loosehas of- fered tips to reduce the number of shed break-ins.
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ASH dieback has been discovered in Monks Meadow in Detling; Hollingbourne village fete stall- holder co-ordinator Jean Duffy has resigned; yellow lines are needed for Buffkyn Way, Otham, to allow buses through Imperial Park; rub- bish bins in the sports field in Kingswoodare to be moved over to the picnic area and rear exit.
Crime Reports 35 Crime Reports 37
PLANTS and hedging were dam- aged during a break-in in Maple Avenue; pots were taken from the doorstep of a home in Buckland Hill; a bicycle was taken from the front of a shop in Hart Street; handbags con- taining cash were taken in a burglary in Queen’s Road.
VEHICLES have been driven over farmland in Lenham, causing damge to crops; an attempted break-in was reported in Detling; a vehicle was vandalised in Bearsted Rd, Weavering; pumpkins were stolen from an allotment in Lenham.
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