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Maidstone East Edition Malling Edition October 2017 May 2019 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


School rated ‘outstanding’


YOUNGSTERS at Five Acre Wood are celebrating after their classes were branded “outstand- ing” by education watchdogs. The school, which has a site in


CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping


Jealous ex started fatal fire at home, court told


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.


Snodland, was praised for its “relentless focus on raising stan- dards”.  Full report, page 16.


AN “OBSESSIVE” man set fire to his family’s home because he thought his wife was having an affair, a murder trial has heard.


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


Simon Childs (52) allegedly


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


started the blaze in Spitfire Road (pictured) which killed his mother- in-law Jackie Allen (65), because he believed that Mandy, his wife of 16 years, was seeing his cousin. Prosecuting, Caroline Carberry


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


QC told Maidstone Crown Court: “He was a jealous and obsessive man with a history of erratic be- haviour after the breakdown of his marriage.” Childs admitted assaulting his


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


wife twice. She had a restraining order against him, which he ig- nored on multiple occasions. On the night of the fire, the order


saw a caravan burned out while a torched car remains on a footpath


required Childs to be at his mother’s home in Hurricane Road. But the prosecutor said: “At the time the fire was started, his elec-


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


tronic tag indicates he had left his mother’s house and returned shortly after.” The court heard Childs, a pest


controller, told friends that he was going to “burn the ******* house down”, as well as his cousin’s car- avan in Eastbourne, where he be- lieved Mandy was staying.


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


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


and my mum didn't like each other. My mum just tolerated him. She never came to the house be- cause she felt too uncomfortable. “Since we split up, me and my


mum had a brilliant relationship. I saw her every day.” Mrs Carberry said: “There is no


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dispute the fire that killed Jackie Allen was started deliberately. Jackie sustained ‘unsurvivable’ in- juries in the fire and a pathologist confirmed she died from smoke in- halation.” Childs denies murder, at-


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tempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life in Novem- ber last year. The trial continues.


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


Mandy told the court: “Simon


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


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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No. 246 News


Kate, 107, dies News


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Drive-thru protest MP’s Local Plan bid


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


Drink-driver case Plans for Dr Nigel


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


A DRIVER has admitted to spending lunchtime in the pub before crashing her car in Aylesford.


PLANS to convert an oast house into a fast food drive-thru are at the centre of a dispute in Snodland.


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


6 Cost of flytipping


FLYTIPPING has become “part of everyday life” say farmers, as the government releases its latest figures.


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


Family exam


A LARKFIELD mother and son are poised to sit English GCSE together.


Obituaries Obituaries


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Parish Councils 26


COUNCILLORS in Birling are con- cerned the village hall car park is being used for drug taking; East Peckham prepares to fly the Red Ensign to mark Merchant Navy Day in September; residents asked parish councillors why Kings Hill has no place of wor- ship; only six members of the public attended a coffee morning with the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner in Leybourne.


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Crime Reports 26 Comment 34-35


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 Inside this edition:


SERVICES for the elderly will suf- fer as centre prepares to close. The four-page supplement inside by Malling Action Partnership supports people and events.


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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