News Cyclist in fatal

crash is named THE teenager who died after a col- lision in Maidstone has


named locally as Oliver Waller. It is believed the teenager (18)

was involved in a collision with a white Volvo XC60 while out cy- cling on a BMX in Sutton Road at around 5.40pm on January 1. Ambulance crews were called and Oliver was taken to a London hospital. He died on January 12. Anyone who saw the incident who has not yet spoken to officers, or who has CCTV or dashcam footage, is urged to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538, quoting reference 01- 1190.

Plan response RESPONSES to Maidstone Bor-

ough Council on its Local Plan Re- view update grew to almost 3,000 once the consultation period was extended beyond Christmas. Many were about plans for two garden villages, more relating to Lidsing than Lenham Heath. They are being considered by officers and will be reported to a council committee on March 9.

Friends line streets to say farewell to Matty

A FORMER Malling School pupil who died on Boxing Day from a brain tumour has been laid to rest as people lined the streets of the town where he lived.

Friends turned out as Matthew Scott’s hearse passed through East Malling to the crematorium. Keen cricketer Matthew (43), husband to Tracy and dad to 18- year-old twins Tom and Oliver, grew up and lived in East Malling, before moving to Ditton. Known to many as Matty, he

was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour 15 months before his untimely death.

His friend Lisa Tolley had the idea to raise funds for the charity, Brain Tumour Research, by run- ning two miles a day throughout January and Matty’s brother Neil decided to join her. Their fundrais- ing now totals more than £22,000. Tracy said: “Our world was

turned on its head 15 months be- fore we lost Matthew, when we were told he had a terminal illness. “He had a beautiful send-off, I’m

happy he’s at peace now. Matthew was a great big, strong and caring man right up until his last few weeks. “He was always more concerned

about me, the boys and his wider family and never wanted to be a burden.

“I knew I had a special husband, but seeing his friends outside his local, The Rising Sun, with pints of lager in their hands, as well as cricketers from his teams at Addington and Offham with their bats in the air and his football team in their East Malling kit was amaz- ing and got me quite emotional. “Matthew had a roofing company and after his diagnosis, he went ahead with an extension to our house to make sure we had a com- fortable home after he had gone.”

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