Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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.

Christo­pher Em­son

An­i­mal rights pro­test­ers at Dover’s East­ern Docks.

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