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VISITORS at the Kent Event Cen- tre atDetlingHill could leavewith an indelible impression of the bor- ough over the Easterweekend. For the third year, The Maid-

stone Tattoo Extravaganza will be in town,packedwith tattooists, en- tertainers and traders, selling and demonstrating their skills. The event runs from 10am to

9pm on Saturday, April 20, and 10amto 7pmon Sunday,April 21. Formore details visit www.maid-

Death atMall

AMANdiedatTheMall shopping centre,Maidstone, after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest. Police were seen at the Iceland

entrance onSunday, February 17 at 1.10pm. Paramedics arrived, but were unable to revive him.

Panto fun

RESIDENTS let their hair down when Hollingbourne Village Hall hosted the pantomime Rapunzel. Performances of the classic fairy-

tale ran from Wednesday, Febru- ary 13 to Saturday, February 16.

Pupils leave InvictaGS after drugs case report

THREE pupils at Invicta Gram- mar School have left over allega- tions of “drugmisuse”. The students in year 13 agreedto

leave after “discussions” with IGS management. Kent Police became involved at

the behest of the school, butdidnot proceedwith a criminal investiga- tion. Apolice statement fromSgtNick

Hatcher, of Kent Police’s Commu- nity SafetyUnit, said: “Kent Police was notified of an allegation relat- ing to drug misuse at a school in Maidstone. “The allegations were reviewed

with the school and, as there was insufficient evidence to support a police prosecution, thematterwas leftwith the school to progress.” According to a report, head

teacher Julie Derrick (pictured) said: “While we cannot comment on individual students, we can confirmthat following a thorough investigation by the school and

Kent Police, action has been taken with appropriate support, in line with our school policy. “We have a zero tolerance ap-

proach todrugs.However,we also have a strong and supportive drugs education programme aimed at helping students under- stand the dangers of using drugs – from both a physical and mental health perspective. “These students have unfortu-

nately made a wrong decision by getting involved in drugs, having notpreviously hada history of bad behaviour. “Our pastoral system ensures

that all students are supported by staff and a range of other profes- sionals, including Kent Police in this case.” Earlier this year, the school was

listed in the top 10 best secondar- ies in the country, based on official data. The Real School Guide used 51

measures to come to its conclu- sions andranks IGS seventh across the country and among the very best in Kent, with a five star, 86% rating. In July, head teacher and joint

CEO of the Valley Invicta Acade- mies Trust (VIAT), Julie Derrick said: “It is testament to the hard work of all our students, staff and parents. “I strongly believe that the

achievementswe have aredown to the fact that I amfirmly of the opin- ion thatwe all have a collaborative drive for the same thing: outstand- ing care, outstanding education and outstanding opportunities.”


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