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Husband killed wife on Christmas Day

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

A MAN from Maidstone who stabbed his wife to death on Christmas Day has admitted her murder and will be sentenced later this summer.

South Borough Primary School and members of the media. The panto runs from December 1-31. For tick- ets go to

Mohammad Tawos Qoraishi

CCTV call in a bid to stop fly-tipping

(27), of London Road, appeared before Maidstone Crown Court on Monday, April 29, where he pleaded guilty to a sustained as- sault which left his victim suffer- ing from 38 knife wounds. A court heard how at around

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

2.35pm on December 25, 2018, pa- trols attended a flat at Kentish Court, London Road, after con- cerns were raised for the occu- pant,


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

Fant-astic win LABOUR captured Fant ward from the Conservatives in the Maidstone Borough Council elec- tions on May 2. Margaret Rose took the seat by

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

123 votes. She said: “We now have all

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

three councillors in Fant and we can get on with the job of fight- ing for local people. We want to put people before politics and be the listening party.” The sitting Tory councillor Matt

Boughton did not stand. Labour now has four seats on

the borough council. Election coverage – p10&11

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


Quriashi. On arriving at the apartment

block, the officers found the vic- tim lying in the kitchen with mul- tiple knife wounds. They gave her first aid until the

nearby, more than a year after it was dumped and set on fire. The church car park has also seen

arrival of paramedics, who con- tinued treating her until she was pronounced dead at 3.28pm. In- vestigators seized a kitchen knife at the scene. Local borough councillor

many instances of illegal dumping. But it is a problem in many rural

Jonathan Purle said: “This young woman came to England for safety, but was then murdered at home in Maidstone. Small mercy that everybody is spared the trial, but I hope they throw away the key. My thoughts are with her family.”

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

said: “Enquiries were made to find her husband, Mohammad Tawos Qoraishi, and patrols spot- ted his Audi A3 travelling on the A2 towards Dover later the same day. “The car was stopped and

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

A spokesman for Kent Police

when he was arrested at 4.38pm, our officers found traces of blood on his clothing. He was later charged with murder and re- manded in custody.” Qoraishi pleaded guilty to mur-

der. He will be sentenced at the same court on June 3. Senior Investigating Officer,


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DCI Ivan Beasley said: “This was an unprovoked and savage attack on a defenceless young woman. Her tragic death at the hands of her husband has left a family mourning her loss. “Qoraishi will face justice for

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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

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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EDUCATIONinspectors have praised a special school for its “relentless” focus on raising standards.

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

Mayor in Belgium Plans for Dr Nigel

THEMayormarked his final weeks in office with a trip to Belgium.

M&S sets a date

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

RETAIL giantM&S has indicated when its Eclipse Park project will begin work after signing a deal with developers.

Jason Donovan date

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


MAIDSTONE’S crisis-hit park and ride service has been handed over to the bus company Arriva.

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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.

DRUMS of cooking oil were stolen from a premises in Loose Road; number plates were stolen from a motorcycle in Gladstone Road; a vandal was seen damaging a property in Quarry Road; a large rock was thrown at a property’s window in Sandling Lane.

BUS company Nu-Venture can- not service the North Street route because a ramp is too steep for the underside of its vehicles, Barmingmembers were told; flytipping was an issue again after a large fridge was dumped in Tovil; play equipment was due to be installed in Barming and it was hoped the new Mayor of Maidstone would be able to attend the opening; Tovil residents were urged not to sign up to a crime website.

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School’s Ofsted joy 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.

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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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