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Dog leg aack


AWOMANwas injuredby adog in Aylesford onAugust 25. Shewas bitten in the leg, drawing


blood all over the driveway. We think the dogmight have been able to open the door fromthe inside.” Thewomanwent to hospital and


was later discharged. The police have appealed forwitnesses.


Crash rescue


blood, after the pet escaped in Thomas Road. A neighbour said: “There was


Anotherincursion at Larkfield park


TRAVELLERS have moved back onto a popular park in Larkfield for the second time in six months. The families - in five caravans -


TWOpeople had to be cut fromthe wreckage of a car after a crash on the M20 atWestMalling onAugust 23. Fire crews were joined by para-


medics at the scene at 10.45pm. No serious injurieswere reported. Themotorwaywas closedfor sev-


Historywalk


eral hours while the carriageways were cleared.


FANCY taking a walk and finding outmore about Larkfield? DavidThornewellwill leada two-


hour historical walk from Church Farm, Larkfield, at 2pmon Sunday, September 16,passing some ofLark- field’s old buildings and features. The walk is part of the national HeritageOpenDays celebrations.


pulled on to Gighill Green in Lunsford Lane on Sunday October ,, releasing dogs on the popular public open space and setting up washing lines within hours. It is un- derstood the fami- lies in- volv ed have been offering tree felling services to residents in the area. Parish council chairman David Thornewell says more has to be done to stop the travelling com- munity running circles around the police and local councils. He says the job ofmoving on trav-


ellers for a second time will run into thousands of pounds The last inci- dent, in early summer, costing the parish council £1,200, with the trav-


Driver Louise sleeps in car to aend rally


AYLESFORD rally driver Louise Cook has climbed into the top 10 world rankings, despite being so short of funds she slept in a Ford Fiesta at a recent event,writes Jade Schopman. Louise (31) spent six nights in a


remote service area cramped in the two front seats of her small hatch- back, with co-driver Stefan Davis (39), in order to savemoney. Despite punctures, a faulty hand-


ellers simply moving on to take up temporary residence elsewhere in the area. He said: “They just seem to be


brake, heavy rainfall and a lot of lost time due to the hazardous sur- face of the track, Louisewent on to set her fastest time yet. She was relying on last-minute


sponsors for the costs of her rally accommodation in theGerman city of Trier,where the eventwas being held. Louise, who is the only world-


ranking woman rally driver at present, said: “It was rough, the rallies are tough mentally anyway and your rest is important. “We had no choice [to sleep in


doing the rounds. These incidents have affectedWest Malling, forcing the closure of the village hall, and Leybourne, and now they are back in Larkfield. The police told resi- dents that this was a civil trespass when they reported it and that they couldn’t do anything and obviously the council offices were closed be- cause it was the weekend. These travellers know and play the sys- tem.” The council’s legal team served an eviction notice but it took aweek to enforce. Cllr Thornewell held talks with Laddingford Engineering in an effort to increase security further on the public land, near the M20. Valdemar Kalinin (pictured), of


the car] if we wanted to compete ditions and dangerous tracks,


the National Gypsy-Traveller-Roma Council said recently that local councils must provide designated traveller sites or “tolerated zone” which gypsy convoys can move onto. He said: “It comes down to racial prejudice against this com- munity.”


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Louise came seventh out of 23 driv- ers, keeping her current position in theWorld Championships intact. Having no time to test the cars


before racing them, the first time Louise got to drive her car at all was down a 6kmstage. This, along with heavy showers,


‘Spooktacular’ at the farm


meant Louise was the only driver to face the disadvantage of torren- tial rain. Louise is now looking for newsponsors and funds so that she can attend the Turkey Champi- onships starting on September 13- 16.


MAKE the most of the October half-term holiday at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park’s Halloween Spooktacular in Maidstone. Brave kids are invited to the vintage village to knock on doors and


This will be the third rally she


discover who – or what – is lurking behind them from October 21-31. The award-winning attraction at Sandling, near Maidstone, has a few


and keep the rally championships alive. We were just so grateful to even be at the rally.” Despite the confined living con-


other tricks up its sleeve to turn its usual exhibits into frightening farmhouses and horrifying homes. Youngsters can try pumpkin carving, dressing up and the Ugly Bug Ball. On October 25, there will be more spooky goings-on with Kent Life


5-6pm and, for older visitors, from 7-8pm. If you would like to know more about any of the above, call 01622 763936.


has done in 2018, after Sardinia in June and Germany inAugust. Louise has a CrowdFunding


page available on herwebsite. She added: “It was a very tough


After Dark, This event includes a spine-chilling tour suitable for under-eights from


event and sleeping in the car all week made it all a little tougher, but we came away with good points, our fastest time and we are now seventh in the World Rally Championships, so it’s a really pos- itive result.”


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