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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Posted Wednesday 23 May 2018 11:36 AM

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Our district Councillors, Michael Lyons and Paul Peacock have funding opportunities for established community groups and schools. If you have a group who are looking to improve facilities or need some new equipment which will benefit your group then please contact them via Hythe town Council and they will provide information on how you can apply for funding

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Posted Tuesday 15 May 2018 12:52 PM

ROAD WORKS STONE STREET JUNCTION WITH A20 NEWINGREEN
I would like to inform residents that the road works at the above location were a surprise to the Parish Council as well as the residents we had no prior notification.
I have contacted KCC who informed me that this was part of the Find@fix programme and they had to act almost immediately due to the road being in a dangerous state.
HOWEVER- the good news is that the junction should reopen at the end of today. I have also confirmed that Stage Coach will be informed to ensure the bus service is reinstated for the rest of the week

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

Posted Thursday 10 May 2018 12:09 PM

A REMINDER THAT THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING TAKES PLACE THIS EVENING AT 730PM

Lympne Parish Meeting

Posted Tuesday 08 May 2018 09:17 AM

Lympne Parish Meeting will take place on Thursday 10th May at 730pm at the Village Hall. All electors are welcome.

CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE

CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE

Posted Monday 09 Apr 2018 13:55 PM

Your guide to crime prevention – Home and Garden Security

Protect your Garden

• Maintain hedges and fences to prevent unwanted visitors from entering your garden
• Close your garden gate and lock it from the inside
• Store bins and ladders carefully so they can’t be used as climbing aids
• Store tools and equipment somewhere secure after use so they don’t get stolen or used to break into your home
• Secure sheds and garages with suitable locks and consider fitting shed alarms and security lights
• Disable lawn mowers and other large machinery when not in use and chain items together or to a solid anchor point
• Security mark valuable items – taking photographs and recording details such as serial numbers and identifying marks can also help to identify items if they get lost or stolen.
• Consider registering valuables on a property database such as www. Immobilise. Com

POLICE WARNINGSHED BURGLARIES

POLICE WARNINGSHED BURGLARIES

Posted Monday 09 Apr 2018 13:49 PM

Warning over shed burglaries in Dymchurch, Hythe and New Romney


Kent Police is advising residents of Dymchurch, Hythe and New Romney to keep their garden sheds secure after reported break-ins.

Sheds and garages are reported to have been targeted between Tuesday 20 March and Wednesday 4 April 2018 in the following places:

• Broadlands Avenue, New Romney on Tuesday 20 March where a strimmer was reported stolen
• Lyndhurst Road, Dymchurch between Wednesday 21 March and Thursday 22 March
• Pleasance Road, Lydd between Wednesday 21 March and Thursday 22 March
• Grand Parade, New Romney on Thursday 22 March
• Tritton Gardens, Dymchurch between 5pm on 3 April and 5am on 4 April where a saw, nail gun, and other accessories were stolen
• Burmash Road, Hythe between midnight and midday on 4 April where a Makita jigsaw was stolen.

Inspector Julien Lawton from the Community Safety Unit said: ‘Whilst we carry out our enquiries into these incidents we would urge all residents to check their sheds are secure, especially if they contain high value equipment.

‘Alarms, security lights and padlocks will all help to deter opportunistic thieves. However, should anyone fall victim to a burglary please call us immediately.

‘Anyone who doesn’t have their property security marked can seek advice from their local Police Community Support Officer (PCSO). ’

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in these areas or who has information that could assist with enquiries is urged to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference number ZY/017192/18. Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

NEW BANKING SCAM

NEW BANKING SCAM

Posted Tuesday 27 Mar 2018 13:01 PM

The scammers are ringing generally vulnerable people stating that they are from Greater Manchester Police (or any other Police Force) and that their bank/credit cards have been cloned to purchase high values items.

They then provide a number for the person to ring back with their bank details.

As usual with this type of call it is a well-rehearsed scam attempt.

Please be wary of any such calls and pass the message to anyone who you may believe would be vulnerable to these unscrupulous fraudsters.

As always…. . Stay Vigilant

Help getting through the cold period

Help getting through the cold period

Posted Friday 02 Mar 2018 13:45 PM

HELP GETTING THROUGH THE COLD PERIOD-
Some useful web-links
Some useful links:
http://www. Kent. Fire-uk. Org/your-safety/winter-safety/
https://www. Kent. Police. Uk/
http://www. Kent. Fire-uk. Org/your-safety/winter-safety/winter-road-safety/
https://www. Kent. Gov. Uk/roads-and-travel/what-we-look-after/winter-service#
https://www. Metoffice. Gov. Uk/public/weather/forecast

Bogus POlice and Trading Standards Officers

Bogus POlice and Trading Standards Officers

Posted Friday 02 Mar 2018 11:14 AM

Kent Trading Standards and Kent Police have received reports of criminals contacting residents by phone or in person claiming to be a Police or Trading Standards Officer. They will often refer to some previous poor work that might have been carried out and falsely claim the people involved have been arrested or are already in court. They insist the resident pays money which will be reimbursed after the court hearing.

The Police, Trading Standards, or the Court, would never ask for money - under any circumstances.

This type of fraudulent activity is on the rise so please report calls or visits to Kent Police. Residents that have previously been victims of doorstep crime are particularly at risk so please warn neighbours, friends and/or relatives if you think they may be targeted.

Report to Kent Police on 101 or at your local Police station.



UK Power Networks information on weather and the electricity network

UK Power Networks information on weather and the electricity network

Posted Friday 02 Mar 2018 11:11 AM

You may be aware that the current cold spell of icy winds and snow may bring ‘freezing rain’. Freezing rain is a very rare weather phenomenon and occurs when very cold rain freezes immediately on landing.

Our electricity network is built to be resilient but extreme weather can damage overhead power lines, resulting in some customers losing their electricity supply. Where this happens we work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, and we have organised for additional staff in our contact centre and more engineers on the ground to be available to help customers whose electricity supply might be affected by the cold weather.

Both you and your constituents will be able to find regular updates on our website www. Ukpowernetworks. Co. Uk and social media @UKPowerNetworks throughout this period.
Anyone experiencing a power cut should:

• Call 105 to report power cuts and damage to the electricity network, or 0800 3163 105 (from a corded phone or mobile phone if you have no power)
• Visit www. Ukpowernetworks. Co. Uk for the latest updates
• Visit www. Ukpowernetworks. Co. Uk/powercut and type in their postcode to view our live power cut map
• Tweet @ukpowernetworks to report a power cuts or to receive updates

We advise people to stay clear of power lines and report damaged power lines immediately by calling 105 free from either a landline or a mobile phone. If they see electricity lines that are down or causing significant risk to the public they should call 999.

We provide extra help to customers on our Priority Service Register during a power cut. Households with older or disabled people, those with children under five, or where someone uses medical or mobility equipment that requires electricity as well as other reasons can join the register. You can find out more information about our Priority Service on our website: ukpowernetworks. Co. Uk/priority.

If you would like to share information about reporting power cuts or the priority service register on social media you might like to use the following:

@UKPowerNetworks has extra staff on hand 24/7 to deal with the impact of the cold weather. Call 105 to report a powercut or visit www. Ukpowernetworks. Co. Uk/powercut

Do you need extra support during a power cut? @UKPowerNetworks provides free services to vulnerable customers. To register visit ukpowernetworks. Co. Uk/priority

SCAM ALERT

SCAM ALERT

Posted Friday 02 Mar 2018 11:04 AM

Latest news from Kent Trading Standards

We are warning Kent residents of doorstep criminals taking advantage of the current bad weather. Anyone calling at your home offering to do work on your roof, guttering, driveway, or inside your property, should be treated with caution.

Accepting work from a doorstep criminal can result in paying much more than you intended for very poor, unnecessary and sometimes dangerous work.

If you require work done to your home get at least three quotes and never give a doorstep caller cash. For a list of Kent County Council approved traders visit Checkatrade or phone 0333 0146 190.

Please look out for neighbours and report any suspicious doorstep criminals to us.

Police Impersonation Report

Police Impersonation Report

Posted Tuesday 06 Feb 2018 15:07 PM

We have received reports of a criminal claiming to be a police officer in order to gain personal details from residents.

The criminal claims a fraudulent transaction has happened on the residents bank account and asks for their personal details.

In some cases the resident has been asked to go to their bank to withdraw money from their account to stop further transactions. They are then advised to wait for a further telephone call and a plain clothed police officer will come and collect the money.

Remember: The Police will NEVER ask for cash or personal details.

If you receive a call you are not expecting, be wary. Never disclose any personal information such as bank details to anyone over the telephone, no matter who the caller claims to be.

You can reduce the number of unsolicited sales and marketing calls you receive by registering your telephone number with the Telephone Preference Service. It’s a free service and only takes a minute to register.

AVIAN FLU WARNING

AVIAN FLU WARNING

Posted Saturday 20 Jan 2018 18:06 PM

Kent has earned a hard-won reputation for tough and effective biosecurity to protect plant, animal and human health.
Avian influenza (or bird flu) has recently been confirmed in wild birds in Dorset and Warwickshire, with an ‘avian influenza prevention zone’ now declared covering England.
It is vital that we all remain vigilant and report any wild birds found dead without obvious cause (especially wildfowl such as swans, geese and ducks) to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.
Any unexplained deaths amongst captive birds, such as poultry or gamebirds, should also be reported to the Animal and Plant Health Agency on 03000 20 03 01.
For further information please contact Tony Harwood (Principal Resilience Officer)

Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.






KCC Volunteer Recruiting

Posted Monday 15 Jan 2018 11:35 AM

KCC is currently recruiting for new volunteer panel members for their school admission appeals. The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018. Further details can be found at

http://www. Kent. Gov. Uk/leisure-and-community/volunteering/children-and-young-people-volunteering/volunteer-as-an-education-appeal-panel-member

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Posted Monday 08 Jan 2018 14:04 PM

Message from Kent Trading Standards
We are warning Kent residents to beware of doorstep criminals. Following storm Eleanor criminals are attempting to convince people into unnecessary or overpriced work.

Doorstep criminals may claim your roof tiles are loose, your chimney stack is dangerous or trees need to be felled due to damage.

Accepting work from a doorstep criminal can result in paying much more than you intended for very poor, unnecessary and sometimes dangerous work.

If you require work done to your home get at least three quotes and never give a doorstep caller cash. For a list of Kent County Council approved traders visit Checkatrade or phone 0333 0146 190.

Help keep your community safe
• Look out for neighbours, especially the elderly
• Request a 'No doorstep caller' sticker from your local Community Warden
• Watch our #Thinkb4ubuy video
Please look out for neighbours and report any suspicious doorstep callers to us.

Kent Police Appeal

Kent Police Appeal

Posted Tuesday 12 Dec 2017 12:27 PM

Kent Police is appealing for witnesses after two girls were approached in Dolphins Road on Thursday 7 December 2017.

Two girls were walking along the street at around 5pm when a man got out of a car and spoke to them. When the girls refused to engage with the man he grabbed them and, following a scuffle, the girls ran away.

The man was then seen driving off in the direction of Wingate Road.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Andrew Palmer said: ‘We haven’t been able to identify one of the victims and would really like to speak to her to find out more about this incident. She was described as being aged around 17 or 18, wearing a dress and bobble hat. The girls are not known to one another but had walked along the road together as it was dark.

‘While incidents of this nature can be upsetting to those involved and the wider community, I would like to reassure those affected that we are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry and at this time are treating it as an isolated incident. ’

Anyone with information is asked to phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference ZY/061055/17.

SCAM ALERT

SCAM ALERT

Posted Tuesday 05 Dec 2017 10:45 AM

The following describes how scammers have recently targeted a vulnerable victim,

“ A telephone call was received on a landline (late November 2017) from scammers advising that they were calling from a bank – they did not specify which bank and this was not questioned. The caller stated he was conducting an internal investigation into bank staff and that the victim was to tell no one that they were assisting with the investigation. He stated that counterfeit money had been put into accounts and that the victim was to withdraw 2 separate sums on consecutive days, and that once withdrawn he would ring them and check random numbers on some of the bank notes to determine if they were the ones that they had introduced and were circulating in the system. The victim was told that a courier from the bank would collect the money and then the bank account would be re-credited with genuine notes. The victim was to leave their phone off the hook when they were communicating so that they would not be contacted by anyone and they were to tell no one why they was withdrawing the money, including the bank staff. Money was withdrawn and the courier, described as male in his 20s and Mediterranean appearance, collected the money the same day. Needless to say the money was not re-credited. ”

Please be aware of any such attempts to obtain cash in circumstances as above, not just for yourselves but for any of your family, friends or neighbours who may be vulnerable to such scams.

Stay vigilant

Folkestone Robber Convicted

Folkestone Robber Convicted

Posted Tuesday 05 Dec 2017 10:17 AM

Armed robber jailed after stealing from Folkestone taxi drivers

A robber from Folkestone who held up two taxi drivers at knifepoint has been jailed for 12 years.

Joshua Prett, 27, of Snowdrop Close, pleaded guilty to the robbery charges along with two counts of possessing an offensive weapon. He also pleaded guilty to an aggravated burglary in Cheriton Road that he’d carried out the previous month.

The court heard how during the early hours of Tuesday 11 April 2017 a taxi was booked to collect Prett from Peto Close. When the driver arrived Prett opened his car door and held a knife to his face. Prett demanded money from the man’s wallet, grabbed his radio and threw it onto the back seat. He then took cash along with the victim’s mobile phone and ran away.

Later that morning another taxi driver who was called to pick up Prett from Eversley Way was also threatened at knifepoint and had his mobile phone snatched. The victim managed to raise the alarm for police but Prett ran away from the scene.

One of the victims was able to identify Prett and he was arrested. Officers found him with one of the stolen phones and linked him to the other, which he had passed off as his own and sold to a local phone shop.

Kent Police also linked Prett to an aggravated burglary on Saturday 25 March 2017. During this incident the victim was woken up to the sound of banging on his front door. When he opened it a group of people pushed their way in and demanded cash. Prett was in the hallway holding a knife and threatened to stab the man if he went near him. The victim’s phone was stolen along with medication and a pair of trainers.

Prett was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 1 December 2017. He will serve an additional three years on licence upon his release.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Geoffrey Kirya said: ‘These were pre-meditated attacks on innocent people who should never have been subjected to such ordeals. One man was in bed and within the comfort of his own home.

‘Taxi drivers can be left feeling vulnerable when working late at night but should never be at risk due to the spontaneous and vicious attacks carried out by people like Prett.

‘I hope this sentence sends out a positive message to the community that we will diligently pursue all acts of violence and do everything possible to support all victims of crime. ’

The latest updates on avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2017 to 2018

The latest updates on avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2017 to 2018

Posted Tuesday 05 Dec 2017 09:53 AM

Last winter the UK experienced several outbreaks of avian influenza – better known as bird flu – and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is asking for help to share information in local communities. This highly contagious disease affects birds including chickens, ducks and geese, and can be fatal to them, devastating farmers’ livelihoods. It is just as much of a risk to those with a few chickens in a back garden as to commercial farmers and anyone who keeps chickens, ducks or geese

For more information visit gov. Uk and search for Avian Influenza (bird Flu) or paste the following into your preferred browser

www. Gov. Uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2017-to-2018

Folkestone Murder Appeal

Posted Wednesday 29 Nov 2017 11:04 AM

Folkestone murder detectives appeal for dashcam footage

Murder detectives investigating the death of a man in Folkestone are appealing for motorists with dashcam footage to come forward.

Joe Daniels, 58, was found unresponsive inside the Red Cow pub in Foord Road, shortly before 11. 30am on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

He had suffered an injury consistent with a gunshot and was pronounced dead at the scene, where a firearm was also recovered.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate would now like to hear from any motorists with dashboard cameras installed who travelled in the immediate vicinity of the Red Cow between 8. 30am and 11. 30am on the day Mr Daniels was discovered.

The pub is located near the junction with Black Bull Road.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vickery said: ‘We are continuing to carry out enquiries into the circumstances behind Mr Daniels’ death and cannot yet rule out any third party involvement.

‘A review of any available video evidence forms a vital part of every murder investigation and that includes any footage that may have been picked up by dashboard cameras.

‘I would strongly encourage anyone with footage, no matter how mundane it may first appear, to call the appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference 22-0452. People with information can also call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. ’

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