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What does the EU vote mean for Thanet?

There can be no doubt that the referendum on the EU has a direct and measurable outcome for Thanet but the possible outcome remains undefined.

What is clear is that we have a choice - keep things as they are or role the dice and hope for something better. Make no mistake, the government has no exit plan, so if we leave it will be a gamble. If we vote to gamble and leave, what are we risking and what are the potential gains, if anything?

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A social comment or a lost loo?

A sharp-eyed twitter user spotted this toilet sitting aloft a traffic camera.

I have no idea what is going on here but feel free to speculate.

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Easter Egg

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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Child shot with BB gun

I saw this on Facebook today.

Dreamland shooting

According to thanetgazette.co.uk, An investigation has been launched after two people were "shot" with a BB gun at Dreamland in Margate.

I am absolutely appalled by this and hope that the people who were shot at recover quickly.

No arrests have been made yet; police are still looking into the matter.

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Hidden Creatures

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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How honest have TDC been about the homeless?

When we reported that Thanet Council boarded up a space used by the homeless we also reported that the council had housed the homeless.

At the time, I understood that was what they had done. They certainly gave that impression to the press.

However, a person who works with the homeless in Thanet, who has asked not to be named, strongly indicated to me that there is another story here.

I am told that what might have happened was that the homeless were given a single night's accommodation so that the shelter could be boarded up in their absence.

Currently, I lack any confirmation of this but if true this could be one of the most cynical and manipulative stories I have reported on in years.

A freedom of information request was filed a few days ago asking TDC to confirm if they offered permanent accommodation or was it short term? If short term, how many nights were offered?

Say it ain't true, TDC.

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Roads closed after man climbs on roof

In the early hours of yesterday morning a man in Cliftonville climbed onto a roof forcing roads to be closed and people evacuated because he was throwing roof tiles.

Firefighters attempted to reach the man on the roof of the Riz Restaurant building on the corner of Ethelbert Road.

Police attempted to negotiate with the man but it is still unclear at this stage why he was on the roof.

According to the BBC Insp Julien Lawton said the safety of the public and the man was the force's primary concern.

@Kent_Online tweated these pictures of the drama unfolding.

According to the Kent Online Website: Housing officers from Thanet council have arranged to work a shift pattern at the centre, where they are offering refreshments and advice. By which I can only guess they mean that Thanet council have been manning a centre to support local residents displaced by the drama.

Kent Online Website also report that a Thanet council spokesman has said: Anyone unable to find a place to stay due to the evacuation will be put up in a local hotel.

I imagine that this has been a trying time for people who have been kept out of their homes by the man's actions.

By all accounts the man clearly intended to stay up there as long as possible. He is said to have a duvet and tablet PC.

Whatever his motivation for causing the disruption he clearly had time to think about what he was doing. Which leaves me wondering what on earth could have driven the fellow to such an extreme?

Local reactions have mostly been curiosity and interest.

Have you been displaced by the drama? What are your thoughts on what has been going on? Comment on site or tweet us @ThanetStar.

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Council board up sleeping space used by homeless

It seems that right now everyone has an opinion on the issue of Thanet's homeless.

Bringing things to the fore, most recently, was the highly visible use the shelter on Margate seafront. Where, as we mentioned in our Facebook post homeless people were highly visible.

Thanet Council's response: board up the shelter.

Showing an alarming lack of compassion and an equal absence of any understanding, the UKIP led council applied for an eviction notice claiming that the damage and graffiti (which had been there a long time) was caused by the homeless people that had recently moved in. A TDC spokesperson cited vandalism, graffiti and unsanitary conditions as well as drug use as their reason for acting.

The council managed to hit every last negative stereotype without offering the slightest evidence for their claims.

There are 48 homeless people the Thanet Gazette says, in story called THEIR STORY: Coldest night of year – and 'home' is a seafront shelter.

In stark contrast to the Council's heartless claims, the homeless themselves tell the unnamed journalist that rather than damaging the space they have actually been caring for it.

We clean up with a broom every day. says Mark, 58.

We do try and keep it clean. says David, 44.

One has to wonder if the true reason for TDC acting was that the council was simply embarrassed by the visible homelessness. This blogger has serious doubts about the validity of the TDC boilerplate claims.

The public seems largely unimpressed with the council's actions. Many taking to social media to say so.

For clarity, I should point out that @Thanet is a news twitter page unconnected with TDC.

Not all the people of Thanet are as sympathetic. One stand out commenter was simply upset that the homeless were mentioned in a hotel review.

Have a heart @Bob_Thanet.

To their credit, Thanet District Council claim to have finally housed most of the homeless from the shelter. An impressive u-turn, given that four weeks ago the homeless people were saying that TDC told them that they "were not a priority".

I will be a lot more impressed when and if the council house all the homeless people in Thanet and not just the ones that are embarrassing them by being seen.

What do you think? Did TDC do the right thing, even if it was for the wrong reasons? Could TDC do more and should they have acted sooner?

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