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.