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‘illegal rave’ POLICE were called to a distur- bance said to be an illegal rave at a house in Plantation Road, Bearsted. But some locals dismissed it as a


“noisy house party” by young peo- ple who had hired the venue. According to an unconfirmed re- port, police were called three times, once after an alleged fight. Locals complained about noise and roads blocked by cars. A Kent Police spokesman said: “Officers were called at 4.26am on Saturday, May 30, to reports of a disturbance. It is alleged several people were involved in a fight outside a property where a party had been held. Officers attended and an investigation is ongoing.”


Drugs arrest


A MAIDSTONE teenager was ar- rested on suspicion of drug supply offences.


Police found quantities of sus-


pected class A drugs and cannabis, as well as cash believed to be con- nected to drug-dealing, in a car in Marine Drive, Margate. An 18-year-old man from Maid- stone, a 16-year-old boy from Ramsgate and a 30-year-old man from Ramsgate were all arrested on suspicion of drug supply. They were released on bail while enquiries are ongoing.


Teen injured


A TEENAGE boy was taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Maidstone.


The incident in Upper Fant Road happened at about 10.20pm on June 7. Officers and South East Coast Ambulance Service attended and the boy was treated for injuries. He was taken to a local hospital for further medical attention.


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‘Secret land plan could cost us our allotments’


ALLOTMENT holders say they were kept in the dark over a Bearsted Parish Council land acquisition which could mean they lose their plots.


They say they were only in- formed of proposals to move them to smaller sites an hour before the public announcement was made. The allotments would become


two courts for Bearsted and Thurn- ham Tennis Club and create part of an extension to existing parking on Church Landway, costing taxpay- ers up to £100,000.


Philip Noakes, a long-standing


plot holder, said: “The whole thing stinks. We are most upset at the complete lack of communication. “Plans were drawn up and dated December 2020. The whole thing has been a secret. The first any of us knew about it was an email re- ceived an hour before they made their big announcement.” Tony Grieve, an allotment holder


for almost 10 years, said: “There are nearly 30 plots here. Moving us all to new allotments will be costly. Fellow gardener Philip Noakes


added: “It smacks of parish coun- cillors attempting a fait accompli by this action. There is a lot more going on here than meets the eye.” Gardeners are worried trees and mature bushes will be destroyed. BPC chairman Michael Bollom said: “I have nothing to say. The whole matter is under the man- agement of a working party and nothing is set in concrete. “ The working party consists of Cllrs Bollom, John Hughes, Martin


Philip Noakes and Tony Grieve at Bearsted’s threatened allotments


Picture by Chris Lawson


Broughton and Tom Jenkins. A BPC spokesman said the indi- vidual allotment size had not been finalised, but hoped plot holders will work with the parish council. Parish councillor Denis Spooner


said: “I am keeping an open mind but I do have concerns about the way it has been handled.” The tennis club said: “We strongly believe this is a fantastic opportunity for the wider commu- nity of Bearsted...”


Driver attacked after stopping in lane


A “KNIFE-wielding” assailant is being hunted by police after a terrifying attack on a rural road near Maidstone.


Police say the incident hap- pened at about 10pm on June 1 as the victim was driving along Lidsing Road, Boxley. She stopped short of the junc- tion with Yelsted Lane after she thought she saw something in


the road. She put on her hazard lights and got out of the car. A police statement said: "The victim said she was then as- saulted by a man who appeared from behind her.


“She fell to the floor and was assaulted again, before manag- ing to get back to her vehicle and drive off. The victim suf- fered scratches and bruising


during the incident.”


The suspect is described as being white with dark, very short hair and was wearing dark clothing and a blue face mask. Detective Inspector Darren Reynolds said: “We are appeal- ing for witnesses who saw the incident or anybody acting sus- piciously in the area between 9.30 and 10.30pm to contact us.”


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