Police warning as thieves hit

garden sheds POLICE have reported a spate of shed break-ins in West Malling. Residents are being reminded not to leave any doors unlocked or give thieves any opportunities or tools to commit a crime. Between September 11 and 12, six sheds were targeted at proper- ties on London Road. Items stolen included power tools, golf clubs and bicycles. Two further sheds were broken

into at addresses in the High Street between September 12 and 13. A bicycle was also reported stolen from a locked shed in Offham Road between September 11 and 13, and another was tar- geted at a house in Holly Hill Road the following day. Sergeant Sarah Alvey of the Ton- bridge and Malling Community Policing Team said: “We suspect opportunist thieves may be visit- ing the area during the hours of darkness looking for valuable tools stored in sheds and outbuildings. “I would advise residents to lock all doors and windows and con- sider fitting a shed alarm or secu- rity light. “Officers continue to patrol these areas at vulnerable times, and I would urge anybody who sees someone on foot or in a vehicle act- ing suspiciously to call us on 101.” Anyone with information about

these incidents should call the Kent Police appeals line on 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/164171/20, or independent char- ity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111 or using the online form.

Petrol station

‘GBH’ charge A MAN has been charged with a serious assault outside a petrol sta- tion in Maidstone on September 20. The alleged incident happened at about midnight at the Tesco sta- tion on Tonbridge Road, close to the junction with Stanford Drive. Lee Crouch (33), of The Broad-

way, Maidstone, was arrested on Tuesday and charged the next day with causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He was also charged with driv-

ing whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.

Mr Crouch appeared at Med-

way Magistrates’ Court, where he was remanded to Maidstone Crown Court on October 21.


Workers move on to Woodcut Farm site

SITE work has started at the Woodcut Farm business park development.

Owners Maidstone Investment Holding Limited, part of Clearbell Property Partners, started investi- gation works in September. Originally rejected by borough councillors, the 489,000sqft scheme eventually went through, as plan- ners argued it was needed to demonstrate employment possibil- ities for the Local Plan, passed in 2017.

MIHL says it is working “to-

Ground investigation works site manager Hugh Alder at the Woodcut Farm site off the A20

wards bringing a forward-looking, green and energy-efficient busi- ness park to Maidstone”. The company says the first phase of the development would see a variety of business units, for stor- age, distribution or workshops, at- tractive to smaller scale operations. A spokesman added: “The ground investigation and topo- graphical survey works are stan- dard practice for this type of development, and will inform the detailed design and reserved mat- ters application process.

Paige’s caring gift

A NINE-year-old girl from Maid- stone has donated 14 inches of her hair to The Little Princess Trust. Paige Marriott was encouraged by

her mum, Mel, who has worked at a local care home for three years. The primary school pupil says her mum inspires her to care about people. Mel said: “I am so proud of Paige,

she came up with this idea all by herself, she is so kind and thought- ful.

“Donating her hair will allow an-

other young person to receive a free wig through the Little Princess Trust, which might help them feel better and more confident. “I am so happy Paige has seen

how rewarding caring for others can be, she would make a wonderful carer when she grows up.”

Call for gardening help

THE parish council in Holling- bourne is looking for a few green-fingered residents who could help carry out mainte- nance at Tanyard Green Park and other green spaces around the village. Volunteers will be called

upon to help out just once a month, or whenever they may be free to help.

For more information contact Hollingbourne Parish Council 01622 880526 or email them at

“Activity on site will … last for approximately six weeks. It will in- volve excavating a series of ex- ploratory trenches and boreholes across the site to investigate ground conditions and identify any relevant issues to help inform the final design for the site. “Once the works are completed,

the site will be returned to its exist- ing condition. All activity will take place

during normal

hours.” Cllr Denis Spooner, who repre-

sents nearby Bearsted at borough and parish councils, said the scheme was “shoved through” by unelected officers to get the Local Plan finished. Others complained the site is un- suited to such a development and will cause traffic problems on the A20 and the wider area.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England said Maidstone is “going downhill fast” because of the council planners.


bar inquiry A BAR in Maidstone is “under review” by police over a social media video allegedly show- ing a large number of cus- tomers ignoring Covid-19 restrictions.

The footage reportedly

showed people dancing closely together at Banks on Saturday, September 12. The venue issued informa-

tion beforehand about the out- door event, asking people to respect social distancing . Inspector Mark Hedges of Maidstone’s Community Safety Unit said: “We have been made aware of an event held at a licensed premise in Bank Street, Maidstone. “Videos on social media ap- pear to show that a number of attendees may have breached the Covid-19 regulations. “We are completing a review of the event and have been in contact with the owner of the premises.”

Banks’ management have been approached for a com- ment.


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