15 NOV 2018

Remembering the Fallen

A century ago this week, the guns of the First World War fell silent. The Armistice of 1918 brought to an end a terrible conflict. Nine million soldiers and seven million civilians lost their lives. In Dover and Deal, thousands were left devastated by the loss of their loved ones. Sunday's remembrance service in Deal was packed – more turned out than ever to remember those who gave their lives so that we can enjoy freedom. I was honoured to lay a wreath of...

12 NOV 2018

Don't add fuel to fire of trafficking trade

No fines were issued to people found with suspected illegal immigrants inside their vehicles at south coast ports last year. Border inspectors looked at immigration controls at south coast seaports in a new report. It found 197 civil penalty notices were issued for carrying clandestine entrants in 2016/17, leading to 27 fines. In 2017/18, 146 penalty notices were issued, including 110 in Dover alone, but none resulted in fines. Border Force blamed the "temporary...

09 NOV 2018

Police crackdown on dangerous road

Police stopped 11 drivers in one hour along a stretch of road considered to be the most dangerous in Kent. Residents have set up a campaign group in the wake of five fatal accidents in 20 months in Holt Street, Easole Street and Sandwich Road in the Nonington area. In September Casey Hood, 18, and Lucy Leadbeater, 27 died in a crash in Womenswold. Arry Petch, 18, died in the same area in July. Following calls from Nonington Traffic Action and myself, Kent Police's...