A YOUNG motorcyclist killed in a head-on crash was an enthusiastic rugby player. Christopher Emson died on Sunday morning, two days after his 18th birthday. He lived with his parents, Mick and Pam, and younger sister Claire, at Clifford Gardens in Walmer. His machine was in collision with a Fiat on the A257 Canterbury Road at Littlebourne, near Canterbury. The tragedy happened on a notorious S bend which has been the site of numerous accidents in the past. Christopher played for Deal and Betteshanger rugby under-17 teams. He was about to complete his first year as an apprentice bricklayer.
jINSURERS of a woman who was robbed of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery during a burglary have offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit. The break in happened at the home of Beverley Charman a week after her ex-husband, John Charman, challenged a record £48million divorce settlement awarded to her. A man got into the house in Wildernesse Avenue, Sevenoaks, on March 9, tied her up and threatened her with a firearm before stealing her jewellery. Mrs Charman was unhurt but very shaken.
A MAN suffered a broken jaw when he was assaulted while performing music at a pub. The victim, a London man in his 50s, was attacked by a customer in The Oak, Rusthall, near Tunbridge Wells, at about 9.45pm on Friday. The victim will require surgery as a result of the attack. A 21-year-old man arrested on Saturday in connection with the incident has been bailed.
ANIMAL rights campaigners were back at Dover’s Eastern Docks during the Bank Holiday for a protest marking a year since the ban on exporting live veal calves was lifted. Members of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and Kent Against Live Exports (KALE) were joined by the local MP Gwyn Prosser in calling for a halt to live exports, particularly of young animals. Many campaigners dressed up as cows for the protest while others waved banners and placards. This time last year, the ban on live veal calf exports was lifted, following a decade-long ban, due to the BSE crisis. In May 2006 a large demonstration along the seafront was attended by around 700 protestors. CIWF say that since the ban was lifted, 3,000 male dairy calves are leaving Britain’s shores and this number could double.
A MAN died when he was in a collision with two vehicles after he broke down on the M25. Police say the 63-year-old victim got out of his Vauxhall Nova when it broke down across two lanes on the southbound approach to the Dartford Crossing at 7.45pm on Friday. He was then in a collision with a blue Ford Transit van and a grey Citroen Xara Picasso.
Animal rights protesters at Dover’s Eastern Docks.