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The original content of this post has been removed because the author was a #WhinyLittleBitch with all the maturity of a mayfly and all the depth of a shoe print on dry mud.

Honestly, would a polite email have really hurt you that badly?

This notice exists because Matt is too sarcastic for his own good and is not always so mature either.

This notice replaced the previous content automatically using a search and replace query directly in the SQL engine. If the mayfly in question has any further complaints he can stick them where the sun shines not.

Or he can try and sue me but he will lose.

Come at me bro.

Seb Reilly absolutely insists all his guest posts for Thanet Star are a product of our imagination. We don't like bullies and have removed all trace of his "contributions"
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Did Thanet Conservatives break the law?

The BBC Report that the Conservatives will be investigated with regard to potential electoral spending irregularities.

A Conservative spokesman claimed that all spending returns were correct and legal.

Others are not so sure.

According to the Independent: An investigation by Channel 4 News said that alleged irregularities in recording expenses in Thanet South meant the Tories broke spending limits during the campaign.

The objection centres around whether the Conservatives should have recorded the use of two hotels in the national party campaign return or should have actually reported them as local campaign spending. If the latter, then that could mean that the Conservatives overspent during the election.

The Electoral Commission's sanctioning powers are limited to a civil penalty of no more than £20,000. Once the commission complete their investigation, Kent Police will decide if there is a criminal case to investigate.

Kent Police said on Thursday then will not pursue a criminal investigating until after the commission delivers its findings.

What many are wondering is this: Did Thanet Conservatives break the law?

This is an important question because, if the answer comes back that the Tories broken the law, there is a real chance of demands for a fresh election in South Thanet.

What do you make of it all?

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Snow and Ice Warning

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Warning of Snow and Ice for Kent. A yellow alert means that there is a strong possibility of ice and snow in the next twenty-four hours.

Showers of sleet and snow are likely at times during Sunday and overnight into Monday when they will also affect some southeastern parts of England, although the showers here will generally be a mix of sleet and hail near coasts. Accumulations of 0-2 cm of snow are likely in places at low levels, but locally 2-5 cm over hills and where showers become aligned in bands in the northeasterly flow. Ice will be an additional hazard overnight, particularly after showers.

Please be aware of the potential for difficult travelling conditions.

Please tweet us your pictures of any interesting weather happening over the next few days.

Stay safe out there.

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Did Thanet District Council illegally remove hedgerows?

Thanet District Council (TDC) are in the spotlight for further reducing Thanet's already sparse greenery.

According to comments posted on social media, TDC removed hedgerow from Northdown Park to save money but then later tried to claim that the hedgerows were "all dead". Photos posted to Facebook beg to differ.

Facebook image

Members of the Facebook page Trees Please in Thanet wrote: The workers said due to financial cut backs, the council could no longer afford to maintain it. TDC's response was that it was 'dead'.

Hedgerow removal

The big question we would like to ask is: Did TDC act legally or illegally? Did Thanet District Council break the law when they removed the hedgerow in Northdown Park?

The Hedgerows Regulations 1997 protect most countryside hedgerows from being removed (including being uprooted or otherwise destroyed). There are rules you have to follow to avoid breaking the law.

Unless Thanet District Council applied to itself for permission under the Countryside hedgerows: regulation and management rules that it may have broken the law. Planning permission is needed to remove hedgerow classified as "countryside hedgerow". This includes any hedgerows that are more than 20 metres long (or fulfills some of the other criteria). Cost cutting does not count as a valid reason.

Where the hedgerow was

Pictures by Chris Smee.

Does anyone know if the council applied for permission to remove the hedgerow from Northdown Park? If they did not does anyone know if they were required to?

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Dinner Plans

The original content of this post has been removed because the author was a #WhinyLittleBitch with all the maturity of a mayfly and all the depth of a shoe print on dry mud.

Honestly, would a polite email have really hurt you that badly?

This notice exists because Matt is too sarcastic for his own good and is not always so mature either.

This notice replaced the previous content automatically using a search and replace query directly in the SQL engine. If the mayfly in question has any further complaints he can stick them where the sun shines not.

Or he can try and sue me but he will lose.

Come at me bro.

Seb Reilly absolutely insists all his guest posts for Thanet Star are a product of our imagination. We don't like bullies and have removed all trace of his "contributions"
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Where the heck is Matt?

The World has gone crazy and Matt is nowhere to be seen.

A big difference between God and Matt (there are so many to choose from) is that God is everywhere and Matt is everywhere but here. Fear not, tomorrow Seb will be writing about... Who am I kidding, even I don't know what Seb will be writing about.

Matt says he is working hard on a big project. Until he graces us with his attention the floor is open to anyone who wants to submit an opinion, letter or review. Show me a match report and I'll show you... Uh, yeah, I'll just publish it.

The easiest thing to do on earth is not write. - William Goldman #quotes

Come back, Matt.

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