News 30 March 2009

Man charged after Canterbury collision

Ricky Smith (20) of Avon Close, Canterbury, is due to appear before magistrates in Canterbury on 9 April 2009 charged with aggravated vehicle taking after a Ford Focus he was driving was in collision with a telephone pole on Littlebourne Road, Canterbury.
Following the collision at 3.40am on Sunday (29 March 2009) a 60-year-old taxi driver who stopped to help was hit by another car. He was taken to the QEQM Hospital in Margate with injuries described as not life threatening.

Woman to hospital after Herne Bay collision

A 20-year-old woman was taken to the QEQM Hospital at Margate early on Sunday morning (29 March 2009) after the Vauxhall Astra she was in overturned near Herne Bay.
The collision happened at the Canterbury Road roundabout near the A299 at 3.20am.
The woman’s back was injured in the crash which only involved one vehicle. A man, who was also in the car, was not injured.

Car ends up in field

A woman was taken to the QEQM Hospital at Margate after the car she was driving overturned into a field beside the London-bound carriageway of the A299 at Herne Bay.
She was not seriously injured and managed to get out of the car without help following the collision at 6am on Saturday (28 March 2009). No other vehicles were involved.

Drivers fined for using shortcut

Thirty four drivers were given a £30 fine after police carried out another operation in response to concerns of residents living in the area around Brymore Road in Canterbury.
The drivers were given fixed penalty notices after they ignored the warning signs not to turn into Brymore Road from Sturry Road between 7.30am and 9.30am.
Residents have asked for action to be taken against the drivers who use the road as a short cut to avoid traffic delays at the Sturry Road roundabout during the morning rush hour.
The issue had been made one of three top priorities to be addressed through the Northgate Partners and Communities Together (PACT) group.
As part of Kent Police’s Safer Spring which continues until 20 April 2009 work by officers will particularly focus on road safety as well as anti-social behaviour and reducing domestic abuse.
The operation was led by the Canterbury city neighbourhood team and PC Stuart Rogers, who works in the Northgate ward, said: “We were following up the operation last December when we warned that we would repeat this enforcement. Motorists are continuing to ignore the sign and cutting through the area which understandably causes road safety concern to those living in the streets.”
To contact members of your Canterbury neighbourhood team you can telephone 01227 868253. To find out who is your local neighbourhood officer visit and enter your postcode.
In December 39 drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices.

Warning after good Samaritan con

Police have warned drivers to be on the alert after a Wingham man appears to have been conned into parting with £20.
The 63-year-old man was driving along Littlebourne Road, Canterbury, at 9am on 21 March 2009 when he was flagged down by a driver who appeared to be with a broken down car. This man told him that he had run out of money to buy petrol and offered to sell a ring that he described as 18ct gold. The Wingham man agreed and gave him £20 but he has since taken the ring to a jeweller who told him the ring was brass.
Police received two other reports on the same day. One caller said that a man had stopped a car in Stone Street near Thompson’s Nursery and offered to sell jewellery but the driver declined to buy it. The other similar incident was in Street End near Canterbury, again the driver refused to buy anything.

Fines for Whitstable drivers

Three drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices and £30 fines after they were stopped by police officers in Whitstable last week and found to be not wearing seat belts.
Officers from the Whitstable neighbourhood team were carrying out road safety checks in several roads around the town. As part of Kent Police’s Safer Spring which continues until 20 April 2009 work by officers will particularly focus on road safety as well as anti-social behaviour and reducing domestic abuse.
Speed checks were also carried out in Faversham Road, Chestfield Road and Marine Parade, where the local PACT (Partners and Communities Together) panel has requested that police make speeding one of their priorities. No motorists were issued with fixed penalty notices.

Litter pick in Herne Bay

A litter pick is taking place on the Herne Bay Downs around the Kings Hall area on Sunday 5 April 2009. The pick, organised by the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) in Beacon Hill is due to start at 10am and will finish at the Kings Hall at 12 noon.

Tesco Metro theftPolice issue CCTV still

Police in Canterbury have issued a CCTV still of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of beer from the Tesco Metro store in Whitefriars. Anyone who knows the man should contact PC Dan Bennett on 01227 868271.
Note to editors:  The CCTV still is attached. The offence dates back to 13 November 2008. The release of the CCTV follows the emergence of a new line of enquiry in the investigation.