News 13 March 2009

Police appeal follows serious collision

Police are appealing for information following a road traffic collision in which a man suffered potentially life-threatening injuries.

The incident occurred at around 12.40pm yesterday (Thursday, 12 March) in Borstal Hill, Whitstable and involved a white Honda motorcycle and a red Nissan Micra.

The 34-year-old motorcyclist, who is from the Whitstable area, suffered serious injuries in the incident and was airlifted to a London hospital for treatment. His condition is currently described as being critical but stable.

The driver of the Nissan, a woman from Whitstable, was taken to the QEQM hospital, her injuries were described as being minor and she was discharged later that day.

The road was closed for 8 hours whilst officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit conducted their inquiries.

Can you help?
Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact their appeal line on 01622 798538.

Action to tackle fly-tipping in East Kent

Flytipping operationPolice recently teamed up with the Environment Agency in an effort to tackle unlicensed waste carriers in Thanet and Canterbury.

On Wednesday, 11 March, the team checked a number of vehicles carrying waste across the area in an effort to ensure that they were registered with the Environment Agency. Often unregistered vehicles are involved in fly-tipping and the illegal deposit of waste which is not only unsightly but also poses a health hazard. Every business, regardless of their size, must be registered and meet certain conditions to carry waste.

In addition to checking the registration of the waste carriers the officers also carried out road safety inspections. The initiative proved successful with six waste carrier offences being detected as well as one vehicle excise offence.

Sergeant Andrew Small, who is planning similar operations in the future, said: ‘This effort formed part of a national day of action. By working in partnership with the Environment Agency we were able to ensure that vehicles carrying waste are not only safe on the road but are correctly licensed to do so.

‘We are working hard to make the Canterbury and Thanet district an even cleaner, safer place to work and live and this action demonstrates our commitment to tackle illegal waste activity.’

A few tips for those carrying waste, or employing the services of someone else:

  • All vehicles carrying waste need to be registered with the Environment Agency.
  • Any person using a carrier, including householders, are responsible for checking that the company is a registered waste carrier.
  • If waste is subsequently illegally deposited, the householder may commit and offence.
  • The details of whether a business is a registered waste carrier can be checked by visiting the Environment Agency website.