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Ramsgate shooting: Latest

Updated news on the Ramsgate Shooting last night.

According to the Thanet Gazzette there were zero fatlities during the "suspected" shooting at arround half past six last night. The unnamed victim of what appears to be a targeted attack independently left the scene according to reports.

Police were called to Victoria Road opposite Boundary road in Ramsgate some time after six (1800) responding to reports of gunfire. The road was closed and a large police presence was soon in attendance. Early reports of deaths due to the shooting appear to be unfounded. Easrly rections to the shooting were of fear and shock.

A police helicopter was used in the search following the incident and around 10pm (2200) or soon after arrests were made. Initial reports on Twitter and by local news were patchy as confirmed or official information was hard to come by. Understandable really as the police were focused on dealing with a possible deadly un crime situation.

Armed police were reportedly in attendance. Three men were arrested around four hours after the incident took place. It has been reported that the arrested men were hanging about in the crowd and watching.

Reportedly there were 12 police cars, a police van and an ambulance at the scene.

What is not clear at this time is why the shooting took place or who exactly was involved. Questions will, no doubt, be asked as to how the men in question were able to obtain a gun in the first place.

However some reports indicate that a gun was discharged inside a building on Victoria Road.

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Ramsgate Shooting: Updates

Updates on the shooting in Ramsgate.

According to an unconfirmed report from Kent_999s the shooter has been apprehended as he attempted to simply blend in with the crowds and hang around to watch. Some eyewitnesses have reported a hostage negotiation team at the scene.

No word yet as to the condition of the victim or victims nor what sparked the violence. Although a lot of "facts" remain unconfirmed at this time the general reaction has been shock and fear with many people wondering how this could happen in Thanet at all.


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Armed police respond to shooting in Ramsgate

News is breaking of a shooting in Ramsgate this evening.

By all reports there may be two dead or maybe just the one victim who has been able to leave the area. Armed police responding in the Boundary Road area cordoning off Victoria Road. Twitter is awash with photographs of the police presence and general talk of the shootings although details at this time are vague.

Apparently police have been searching the rooftops and a police negotiator is on the scene. There are reports that this was not a random shooting.


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Stricter comments thanks to Hamster Boy

Due to a certain friendless and bitter old tool I have had to make a few changes around here.

With no-thanks-at-all to Hammy the hamster aka John Hamilton aka "way better" aka OccupyThanet2 aka Billy-no-mates (hereafter Hamster Boy) The Thanet Star has made a few new changes to the way comments work.

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As removing Hamster Boy's own rather lame brand of toxic waste from the otherwise golden sands of commentary here at Thanet Star is a boring and (slightly) time consuming chore that I am fed up with I have made the following changes.

All comments will now require an email address. Emails, links, names, ISPs and IP addresses will now be graded based on the score they receive in meta moderation from signed up users (all seven of you). Low scoring names, ISPs, IPs and emails may be banned. Email addresses will (at random be checked for valid MX entries in the DNS) and false emails may further add a negative score. Anyone who abuses the comments will have sufficient information published that a sufficiently motivated person could obtain their (true) name, address and telephone number.

Eventually certain repeat offenders (Hamster Boy mainly) may find that they are unable to comment at all.

It is also possible that legitimate commenters might be locked out due to sharing an ISP with Hamster Boy or other toxic failures. If that happens I am really sorry however if you take the time to message me I can set you up with a user account which will bypass the blocks.

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Why I am proud to come from Thanet

I am proud to come from Thanet despite its poor reputation and slim prospects. I am pleased to be able to say to those I work with that back home where the sand is golden and the sea laps against the beach is my home.

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Sure Thanet has more than it's fair share of problems. Like a badly set up district council model, ineffective police, high streets in decay, no parish council in Margate, a history of organised crime and migration of unemployed as they are driven from more "exclusive areas". Yes that means that bureaucratic inefficiency is shocking, crime rates are high, buildings burn and not much gets done. I know this but I am not put off.

Do you know what the singular difference is between a great area that is improving to the envy of all and a decaying corpse of a town?

Attitude.

When the people of an area start to say "this area deserves better" than the area will change, it will grow it will improve. I refuse to be driven out of my home town because those with a voice are pessimistic right now. Thanet has a lot going for it - we just have to realise that.

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Possible prank callers

A quick witted witness spotted what looked like the result of a prank call to the fire brigade yesterday.

At around 6pm on Saturday evening two fire engines were spotted pulling into Queens Parade off of Swain Road in Cliftonville. The engines stopped and fire brigade took a quick look around before departing again.

Each false call out costs just shy of two thousand pounds and of course could be keeping fire crews from attending a real emergency somewhere else. It might seem like harmless fun but it is expensive and can be deadly.

The government estimate that the cost of false alarms in the UK is around £1 billion a year. Think about that net time you think it might be fun to make a silly call.

TURNTABLE FIRE ENGINE

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The North-South divide

According to a report by The Electoral Reform Society votes in Thanet are worth less than a quid each.

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In fact the Vote Value App that the ERS have produced rates Noth Thanet votes among the most worthless in Britain. This is not really a surprise as this seat has belonged to Sir Gale ever since it was created contributing to the 351 areas where no woman has ever been elected.

In North Thanet where votes are worth just 39p 20,517 votes were cast against Roger Gale giving him slightly better than 50% of the vote. In South Thanet (where votes are slightly more important and worth 94p each) more than 52% were cast against Laura Sandys.

With tactical voting only one of the two Thanet wards would actually be able to change party. Making North Thanet votes pretty much meaningless. This is probably why Labour are standing Will Scobie on South Thanet where they feel they have a chance.

Compare this to, say, Tooting where votes cost £1.94 each or Aberconwy where votes cost £2.18 each and one is left to wonder how important the national parties find Thanet (or don't find it).

The vote values were calculated by adding up the total amount spent by all candidates in the ward and dividing them by the number of voters that showed up to vote.

How do you feel about voting in Thanet?

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Historic rides stolen from Dreamland?

My Last Memory of the Scenic Railway

On Monday officials from the Dreamland Trust responded to reports of the landowners (which include the Godden family) removing parts from rare rides and attractions from the Dreamland site.

Amid fears that rare attractions could be sold for scrap in retaliation for the failure to appeal the compulsory purchase order by Thanet District Council the current owners of the dreamland site hoave made some strong remoarks about pretty much every one involved. The current owners are a company formed for the purpose, it seems, of building houses and was called (for reasons known only to themselves) Margate Town Centre Regeneration Company (MTCRC).

MTCRC have until the first few days in September to get off the land which will then belong to Thanet District Council. It would seem that the rides have been stored on the site by the Dreamland Trust with the full consent of MTCRC since 2008.

Dreamland Margate

According to The Thanet Gazzette Toby Hunter of MTCRC accused both Thanet District Council and the Dreamland Trust of propaganda stating that they were not scrapping anything to do with the scenic railway.

However, the Dreamland Trust are calling pants-on-fire over this one saying that they have documents to prove they (the Dreamland Trust) actually do own the rides.

The Dreamland Trust spokesperson reportedly told the gazzette that the historic rides had been collated by The Dreamland Trust over a decade, many of the rides being rescued or donated by supporters of the Save Dreamland Campaign. he went on to add that it was with disgust and disbelief that the trust reports that MTCRC began removing the collection this week without consent.

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Clearly the police are also failing to entirely buy the spin MTCRC are putting on things as their investigation is ongoing.

Regardless of the outcome, however, if the rides are lost it could put the brakes on plans to open a heritage theme park. The worst case scenario being that a heritage theme park can never be opened. When looked at from that point of view it is not hard to see why people are feeling very angry about the missing ride parts.

Broken Dreamland

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The Thanet Dragons

Filling your garden with a two stories of scaffolding might not, at first glance, seem like the most likely way to help your neighbourhood but that is exactly what one group of Thanet young people have done.

The Thanet Dragons are Thanet's answer to Sébastien Foucan. I went along to talk to The Dragons about their massive rig.

When we arrived training was well under way but, in what little of the garden the huge set-up did not occupy, several other activities were taking place (which I will get to in a moment).

We were met by the owner of the house (and garden) artist Jestress Flo (more about her later). I chatted to Jes' while Illisia photographed The Dragons in action.

The Thanet Dragons Jumping and Freerunning

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Story writing workshop

I will be running a story writing workshop in my home for those that find that sort of thing really interesting.

We will look at crafting an action scene, getting dialogue down and presenting a realistic villain. I will be laying on cups of tea of all sorts of flavours the attendees will be learning the shortcuts that make writing fun and easy.

There is a very low maximum number of people that can come. In fact when I wrote this there were only five spaces left. I've written this to give you the opportunity to join with the regular participants of my coaching services because I am really excited about this workshop series. While I have spaces you should quickly contact me on Facebook or try dropping me an email but to be honest Facebook is probably quicker.

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Fair rides for a fair fare

The funfair at the Winter Gardens is just one pound a ride today.

After what happened last time I went to a funfair I will be giving it a miss on the grounds that my back hurts enough thank you. However if you go be sure to have a good time for me too.

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Margate Beach Party Goes Wrong

A massive informal party on Margate main sands left the beach looking like a rubbish dump.

This is Kent is reporting about a party that went very wrong on Sunday. Apparently council wardens issued 27 parking tickets to party goers over illegally parked cars and cleaning crews were so overwhelmed that they called for extra staff to cope with the two day clean up.

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Folk week to be better than last year?

With Broadstairs folk week coming up again this month it seems a good time to look back to last year when things Went a Bit Bad.

Last year the pubs had worked together to create an official (aka fringe) drinking area and things had gone very wrong. Will the folk week be it's normal sedate folk festival or can we expect more of the same?

What do you think?

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Ian Dives into Ferry Debt

The possibly big news that was published today is that the debt left after collapse of ferry firm Transeuropa is owed by four companies.

it has emerged the £3.3m is actually owed by four companies. Transeuropa accounts for the largest amount of £1,167,820 says Kent Online.

Think of him what you like but the credit for uncovering this fact appears to go to Ian Driver according to the article. The three other listed companies are Forsythia Maritime, which owes the council £1,075,440; Odyssy Maritime, which owes £746,614 and Dianthus Maritime, which owes £227,107. says Kent Online.

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Local Art

Local Artist, John Wooster-Brown has a new website.

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Like to write?

If you love to write then the Thanet Creative Writers blog might be the ideal place to connect with your nearest writer group.

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Hyper-localism

For those interested in blogging local news in and arround the UK this BBC article from last year is sure to be of interest.

General
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Did you know?

Margate was the first seaside resort to introduce deck chairs way back in 1898.

Facts
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Did you know

MP Roger Gail (Thanet North) wanted to increase VAT

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Did you know

MP Roger Gale (Thanet North) has never voted on measures to reduce tax avoidance

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