Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

DE­TEC­TIVES have charged two more peo­ple with the mur­der of 47-year-old fa­ther of three Mark Wither­all, who died in hospi­tal on March 8 af­ter he was found with se­ri­ous in­juries out­side his home in King Ed­ward Street, Whit­stable, on Jan­uary 27. Car­ley Firminger, a 19-year-old kitchen as­sis­tant, of Sand­piper Road, Whit­stable, is ac­cused of mur­der to­gether with un­em­ployed Mark Robert El­liott, 20, of the same ad­dress. He is also ac­cused of con­spir­acy to com­mit bur­glary. They were both due to ap­pear be­fore Can­ter­bury mag­is­trates yes­ter­day. A young man and a 15-year-old boy were re­manded in cus­tody by mag­is­trates in Can­ter­bury on Fri­day last week ac­cused of mur­der­ing Mr Wither­all. Cur­tis De­lima, an 18-year-old un­em­ployed man, of Re­gent Street, Whit­stable, and a 15-year-old who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, are also ac­cused of con­spir­acy to com­mit bur­glary. They are due to next ap­pear at Maid­stone Crown Court on March 30.

A PROTEST demon­stra­tion was held at a Kent port han­dling live an­i­mal ex­ports for the first time, above. Sheer­ness Docks is the des­ti­na­tion for hun­dreds of calves from across the UK. A wreath was handed to se­cu­rity staff at the en­trance to the docks at the end of a noisy but peace­ful protest march through the town on Satur­day. The calves nor­mally go through Dover but the clo­sure of a berth there for a fort­night’s main­te­nance forced ship­ping agents to look else­where. A spokesman for Sheer­ness Docks said it was their duty to sup­port a le­gal trade which was only for a fort­night while the berth was be­ing re­paired.

THE Lord Lieu­tenant of Kent has an­nounced he is stand­ing down as chair­man of the Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral Trust Fund. Al­lan Willett has taken the de­ci­sion on med­i­cal ad­vice af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing heart prob­lems in re­cent months. Over the past year he has been closely in­volved in the launch of the £50 mil­lion Save Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral cam­paign. The cam­paign has al­ready raised £6 mil­lion and Mr Willett said it was a good mo­ment to make way for a younger chair­man who could carry it for­ward in the longer term.

THE trial of 11 peo­ple ac­cused of tak­ing part in the £53 mil­lion Se­cu­ri­tas rob­bery is to be held back an­other two months. The 11 had been due to an­swer charges in mid April. But at a hear­ing at The Old Bai­ley, Lon­don, on Fri­day lawyers for some of the de­fen­dants said they would not be ready in time. The honourable Mr Jus­tice Penry-Davey agreed to de­lay the start of the trial un­til Mon­day, June 11.

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