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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A CON­STRUC­TION com­pany has ad­mit­ted breach­ing health and safety rules over the death of a worker at the Frem­lin Walk shop­ping de­vel­op­ment in Maid­stone al­most four years ago. Miller Con­struc­tion (UK) Ltd and site su­per­vi­sor Sean Mon­gan pleaded guilty to fail­ing to com­ply with a duty im­posed by the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. Un­qual­i­fied dumper truck driver Barry Pollen, 59, who lives in a Sal­va­tion Army hos­tel in Lon­don’s Vic­to­ria, had ad­mit­ted the charge in Septem­ber last year. Miller, the prin­ci­pal con­trac­tor for the de­vel­op­ment, also ad­mit­ted a sec­ond charge of fail­ing to com­ply with a Health and Safety reg­u­la­tion. In an ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing the dumper truck, ma­chine driver Justin Tay­lor, a fa­ther-of-two, of Melford Drive, Barm­ing, Maid­stone, was killed on June 20, 2003, three months af­ter work started on the £100mil­lion de­vel­op­ment.

A TEENAGER has ad­mit­ted set­ting fire to a mo­bile class­room at a spe­cial school, caus­ing £60,000 dam­age. The 17-year-old, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, broke into the Or­chard School in Wincheap, Can­ter­bury, on Thurs­day to bur­gle it. Can­ter­bury Youth Court heard that he set fire to the class­room in an ef­fort to de­stroy foren­sic ev­i­dence. Dam­age is es­ti­mated to be be­tween £50,000 and £60,000. The youth ad­mit­ted ar­son and bur­glary.

TWO sis­ters have sung their way into Vir­ginian hearts with their own trib­ute to Na­tive Amer­i­can princess Poc­a­hon­tas. Singer/song­writ­ers Charley and Hat­tie Webb, right, from Sevenoaks, topped the bill at a con­cert in Jamestown held at the week­end to re­mem­ber the 400th an­niver­sary of the first per­ma­nent English set­tle­ment in North Amer­ica. The Webb Sis­ters wowed a 10,000-strong au­di­ence in An­niver­sary Park and were given a stand­ing ova­tion af­ter singing a song they wrote in hon­our of Poc­a­hon­tas, who mar­ried set­tler John Rolfe and later sailed to Eng­land to meet the Royal Fam­ily.

A FOR­MER teacher ended up kiss­ing and cud­dling a young girl who he had turned to for com­pany when he was feel­ing low. Samuel Webb, 34, ended the re­la­tion­ship with the 13-year-old girl af­ter ex­chang­ing more than 2,000 text mes­sages but it came to light when her fa­ther re­ceived a £250 bill for her mo­bile phone. Webb, for­merly of Approach Road, Broad­stairs, but now liv­ing in Ox­ford, ad­mit­ted one charge of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity with a child. He ap­peared at Can­ter­bury Crown Court and was given a 36-month com­mu­nity or­der with su­per­vi­sion.

PO­LICE are hunt­ing a per­son re­spon­si­ble for four in­ci­dents where peo­ple were shot at with a nail gun in Can­ter­bury. The in­ci­dents all took place on Thurs­day af­ter­noon and po­lice say that in three of them a pas­sen­ger in a white Ford van is thought to be the of­fender. A 45-year-old wo­man walk­ing up St Dun­stans Road suf­fered a punc­ture wound; a 60-year-old wo­man was shop­ping near St Peter’s Street was hit in the knee, caus­ing a punc­ture wound and an­other wo­man re­ported be­ing hit by a nail in the Wincheap area of the city. The fi­nal in­ci­dent hap­pened when a man on the Wincheap In­dus­trial Es­tate was hit on the side of the face.

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