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'I'm an immigrant - and proud to stand for Ukip'

Ukip candidate Babychan Thomas

An Indian immigrant standing for Ukip in the local elections insists the party is not "playing a card" by including him as a prospective candidate.

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Poldark actor set to star in Whitstable

Robert Daws starred in The Perfect Murder and is now on his way to Whitstable

Fresh from starring in the hit period drama Poldark, a leading stage and TV actor can't wait to appear at Whitstable's annual literary festival.

Care homes criticised by inspectors

Tralee Rest Home in Tankerton Road

Two Whitstable care homes have been criticised by the health watchdog – with one told that its services were ‘inadequate’ in all areas.

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Campaigners warn 'this is just the beginning'

Julie Wassmer speaks to the crowd at the last post protest

Fifteen campaigners who occupied a post office against the site's closure have warned of further protests.

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Whitstable's 'Last Post' protest

Around 120 protesters gather outside the Gladstone Road site

Around 120 protesters have gathered outside Whitstable's Post Office as the site closes before it is redeveloped.

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Oyster Festival reveals entertainment line-up

Organisers have announced Craig Charles as one of the headliners at new sea view entertainment hub

Craig Charles, The Cuban Brothers and Marcus Brigstocke will join a variety of musical and comedy performers at the Whitstable Oyster Festival.

Rogue ice cream traders frozen out

Ice cream sales set to soar in predicted heatwave

Rogue ice cream sellers are being given the cold shoulder by licensed traders who say they are stealing business.

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Glamping hopes at holiday park

Glamping tents similar to this could be coming to Whitstable

Owners of a Whitstable holiday park are seeking planning permission to bring luxury safari-style tents to the town.

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Man charged with armed bank robbery bid

A man was arrested in Cromwell Road

A 49-year-old has been accused of attempting to rob a town centre bank while armed with a knife.

Drunk threatens family with fencing sword in parking row

Retired social worker brandished the 3ft antique weapon after people parked on yellow lines outside his home

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Man bailed after 'petrol thrown inside house'

Four police cars, two ambulances and two fire cars were seen in Whitstable Rugby Club’s car park

A man has been released on bail after petrol was reportedly thrown inside a house during a domestic incident.

Dream role brings actor back home

Alan Burkitt, from Whitstable, has landed a dream role

A professional actor who learnt his trade while growing up in Whitstable says he has landed a dream role in a major production.

Care home told it “requires improvement”

The Whitstable Nursing Home has been told it “requires improvement”. Picture: Paul Amos

A care home was inspected earlier than planned because concerns over people’s general care and welfare were raised by an anonymous source.

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Coastguard called as swimmer gets hypothermia

Stock picture. Matt Stickels

A woman has been pulled to safety after getting into difficulty while swimming in the sea in a bikini.

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Crews tackle house fire blaze

Crews were called to a house in Canterbury Road, on the corner of Swanfield Road

An elderly woman is being treated for smoke inhalation after a house fire this morning.

Cannabis plants stashed in wall

James McShane was jailed for 28 months

A man has been jailed after police were called to a break-in attempt at his house, and found up to £53k of cannabis plants stashed behind a fake wall.

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Sainsbury's respond to Budgens rumour

The Budgens supermarket in Whitstable High Street will become a Sainsbury's

Sainsbury's bosses have refused to deny Budgens takeover rumours in Whitstable High Street.

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The monster spider that feasts on false widows

It's black, hairy, and so big it even eats the feared false widow - meet the monster living in this Kent conservatory.

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Call for action over post office

Campaigners Brian Hitcham, Julie Wassmer and Chris Stone are unhappy about the news

A post office will be closed by the end of April leaving residents without a town centre service and now campaigners are calling for action.

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Crews called to deep fat fryer fire in Whitstable

Seychelles Fish Bar

Two fire engines battle blaze at Seychelles Fish Bar in Whitstable.

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Mum's horror as violence erupts at family pub

The incident happened in The Wheatsheaf. Picture: Google Street View.

A mum was forced to seek medical help for her children after a man allegedly sprayed mace and glassed a barmaid during a brawl at a family pub.

Harbour bosses insist future not in doubt

Harbour bosses have dismissed a lack of commercial activity at the site

Bosses at Whitstable Harbour insist the site is fit for the future despite fears over a lack of commercial activity.

Campsite plans compared to Glastonbury

Whitstable's Church Street playing field could be transformed into a sea of tents if the plans go ahead

There are fears Whitstable could become a “Glastonbury with oysters” this summer if a planned campsite surrounded by residential homes goes ahead.

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'Fraudster deserves Oscar' says conman victim

Bob Ulldemolins says cold caller gave "Oscar-winning" performance

A pensioner has warned others after being duped out of cash by a conman so convincing he gave an "Oscar-winning" performance.

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Spinning car shuts Thanet Way

Police are at the scene

Police close major road for an hour after car spins and blocks carriageway.

The beast of Duncan Down

Dogs are continue to attack our posties

A ‘lunatic dog’ has been blamed after deep bite marks were found on more than 20 trees on a village green.

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