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Head of news & sport: Peter Guise 

Heron Sculpture

Art enthusiasts are hoping to obtain £100,000 to erect a metal sculpture of a heron at the end of Herne Bay’s harbour arm.

The mechanical representation would move its wings to signify the ebbing and flowing of the tide – that movement powered by the tide itself.

Train

Commuting to work from Herne Bay by rail will be 3.6% dearer from next January. The price rise – which is settled annually – is based on the retail price index – and that has come under fire from commuter associations as it is higher than the consumer price index used for inflation indexing.

Aerial View Of Strode Farm

A decision on the building of 800 homes at Herne is expected before the year is out.

The plans for homes at Strode Farm are being considered by the government’s planning inspector after a public enquiry following the City Council’s failure to complete the process in the allotted time.

Kent Air Ambulance on Herne Bay Beach

The Kent Air Ambulance made a landing on Herne Bay beach this morning (Sunday 13th August 2017) between the pier and the bandstand. It landed at around 11:15am.

Early reports suggested a teenager practicing parkour suffered a wrist & possible head injury.

Police Officer

Three men have been arrested following a series of early morning raids earlier today.

Police carried out the raids in Herne Bay, Hoath, Seasalter, Canterbury & Chislet in relation to the recent thefts of medical equipment.

The scene of the alleged attack

Two people have been arrested after an attack at a fish and chip shop on the old Thanet Way at Whitstable.

A 25 year old woman and a 51 year old man have been detained following what is thought to be a substance hurling incident resulting in a chef being taken to hospital.

Bayfest Logo

Organisers are heralding a successful and exciting opening week to Bayfest 2017 in Herne Bay.

The events on the Pier stage have been well attended – kicking off with a reggae evening last Saturday which was broadcast live on Radio Cabin 94.6 FM. Bayfest continues with a host of other events around the town and Herne Bay is now gearing up for Carnival Day this coming Saturday.

Man Jailed For Assault

A Herne Bay man has been jailed for assaulting a four year old girl and her mother.

29 year old Paul James Smith of Pier Avenue, Herne Bay was handed a 30 month prison sentence at Canterbury Crown Court for assaulting a mother and her 4 year old daughter.

Justice Served

A Herne Bay man has been jailed for sexual offences committed 20 years ago.

37 year old Scott Goldfinch of Cornwall Road in Herne Bay has been sentenced to six and a half years behind bars following a four day trial for a sexual offence committed in 1996. The victim, a young boy at the time, was left in Goldfinch’s care and only felt able to come forward once an adult.

Herne Bay Coastal Community Team Logo

The Herne Bay Coastal Community Team has launched its ground-breaking Community Raffle aimed at providing much needed cash for local community groups, projects, local events and further fund-raising schemes.

Tickets for the Community Raffle, which aims to raise £20,000, will be on sale at participating retail outlets and restaurants throughout August with the grand draw taking place during the final of Bay Fest on Saturday 26th August at 6pm on the main stage on the Clock Tower Plaza.