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Maidstone East Edition Maidstone North Edition


October 2017 March 2019 Panto ahoy! School no longer ‘outstanding’


MAIDSTONE Grammar School has slipped from being an “outstanding” to a “good” school after its most re- cent Ofsted inspection. Headmaster Mark Tomkins has


written to parents accepting the “fair, accurate and realistic” assess- ment of the school’s position. Now the school, which has nearly


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


1,300 students, has invited families and carers to a Q&A session on Feb- ruary 26. Inspectors went to the Barton


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.


Road grammar on January 15 and 16. The last inspection was in 2013. Mr Tomkins, pictured, writes: “Gov-


ernors identified the very many pos- itive aspects (but) recognise that improvements are needed in respect of teaching and learning and sup- port the work already underway.” The Ofsted team noted that GCSE


and A level results dipped in 2017, but school leaders instituted “rigor- ous accountability systems” to mon- itor progress.


Murder suspect in court after stabbing


A MAN has appeared in court charged with the murder of Wesley A spokesman for Kent Police


SouthNorwood, appearedatMed- way Magistrates Court on Febru- ary 12 via video link, accused of MrAdyinka’sdeath inKnightrider Street during an alleged distur- bance outside his home on Febru- ary 10. Mr Roach spoke only to confirm


his full name, nationality, date of birth and address. He appeared in court, repre-


sented byMark Jones from Black- fords Solicitors, in a light grey oversized sweatshirt and grey tracksuit bottoms.


Adyinka,who is believed to have been stabbed to death inMaidstone. flats at aroundmidnight. Shewas taken to a local hospital


CALLS for the installation of CCTV cameras to prevent fly-tipping on a country road have been made by the local borough councillor.


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


KevinRoach (39), ofPeaceClose,


core, windows and household fur- niture is left illegally – often strewn in the middle of the road. Cllr Gill Fort said: “Every month


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


said: “Officers were called to a re- port of a disturbance outside Chaucer House in Knightrider Street on Sunday, February 10.” Police confirmed Mr Adyinka


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


suffered stab wounds, but the cause of deathwould not officially be established until a post-mortem examination onWednesday, Feb- ruary 13, as Downs Mail went to press. MrRoachis also accusedof caus-


ing grievous bodily harmwith in- tent toAmanda Francis during the same incident outside the block of


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-


tive by the Environment Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Stan- dards Agency to clamp down on


for treatment, but her injurieswere not serious and she was later dis- charged. Chairman of the bench, Carlos


Forni explained to the court that thematterwas above thepowers of magistrates and the casewould be sent toMaidstoneCrownCourt on February 14, after Downs Mail went to press. Four other men, a 37-year-old


fromCroydon, a 27-year-old from Surrey, a 37-year-old from Maid- stone and a 17-year-old fromLon- don have been released on bail pending further enquiries. Friends ofMrAdkinya told of a


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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


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.


Cllr Fort, who also serves as a


whowitnessedthe incident should call Kent Police on 01303 289600 (ref 10-0017), or Kent Crimestop- pers anonymously on 0800 555111.


parish councillor, says teaching children about social responsibility and the issue of litter in schools will help take the issue off the streets. She believes with every household receiving a weekly refuse collection service, there is no excuse for litter being thrown from vehicles or dumped in the road.


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CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


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Kate, 107, dies News


Beatingloneliness AGED nearly 96, wemeet the widow who beats loneliness by working.


KATE Hart, a resident at an old people’s home in Bearsted, has died aged 107, her son David has disclosed.


THE Pegasus gymnastics club has received a national award to recognise its achievements as a training crentre.


Club gets top award Plans for Dr Nigel


HELEN Whately asked the government to halt the borough’s housing scheme.


Watch concerns


TheNeighbourhoodWatch scheme inMaidstone could fold if it does not get some fresh blood. 8


Jason Donovan date


THE former Neighbours star brings his show to the Hazlitt Theatre next May.


Leader quits Tories


A FORMER leader of the council has quit the Tories to join the independents. 19


Obituaries Obituaries 34


LEAFLETS telling residents about community coffee mornings were delivered to 90% of Loose parish homes; complaints were received about allotments left to grow “wild” in Barming; speed- ing along Lancet Lane and An- gelsey Avenue in Loose was reported; the Rotary Club indi- cated it would like to plant 1,000 crocus bulbs on parish land in Barming.


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.


A HOUSE was burgled in Fant and jewellery stolen; the regis- tration number plate was stolen from a Ford Fiesta in Langton Close; golf clubs and gardening tools were stolen from a shed in Park Wood; a gold-coloured or- nament was taken from the front of a house in Tovil; a house was burgled in Quarry Square.


Parish Councils 36 32


Parish Councils 34-35 18 MP’s Local Plan bid 3


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THE widow of GP Dr Nigel Minnet will walk the Grand Canyon for charity. 12


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Crime Reports 36 Crime Reports 35


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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