Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

AN 11-YEAR-OLD girl has been killed in a crash in­volv­ing three ve­hi­cles on a main road in Kent. The girl was a pas­sen­ger in a black Ford Fi­esta trav­el­ling on the A258 Deal-Dover road be­tween the junc­tions with St Mar­garet’s. Three other peo­ple were taken to the Queen Mother Hospi­tal, Mar­gate. The crash hap­pened at around 2.15pm on Satur­day. It is be­lieved the Fi­esta was in col­li­sion with a red Ford Fo­cus trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. A sil­ver Honda Ac­cord was also in­volved.

A MAN of 20 has ap­peared in court charged with the mur­der of a 71-year-old taxi driver in Gravesend. Luke Andrew Au­jila, of no fixed abode, ap­peared at Med­way Mag­is­trates’ Court charged with the mur­der of Gian Chand Ba­jar, right. Mr Ba­jar, a fa­ther of five, was found ly­ing in­jured in the road in St Bene­dict’s Av­enue, Gravesend, last Wed­nes­day evening and died in hospi­tal shortly af­ter­wards. Au­jila was re­manded in cus­tody un­til June 11 to ap­pear be­fore Maid­stone Crown Court.

THE new Dick­ens World at­trac­tion proved so pop­u­lar it had to turn peo­ple away just two days af­ter open­ing. The £62 mil­lion cen­tre at Chatham Mar­itime opened on Fri­day af­ter a six-week de­lay. But on Sun­day af­ter­noon the rainy Bank Hol­i­day weather helped cre­ate a queue which snaked around the build­ing. Bosses closed the queue at 3.30pm so that those al­ready wait­ing to get in would be able to do so be­fore the last en­try time of 5pm. The com­plex is themed around the life, books and times of Charles Dick­ens.

SCHOOLS across Kent should take an in­ter­est in the county’s new­est nat­u­ral at­trac­tion, to en­cour­age a love of na­ture for chil­dren and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. That was the mes­sage from con­ser­va­tion­ist Dr David Bel­lamy when he of­fi­cially opened Fowlmead Coun­try Park near Deal. He said: “This is a fan­tas­tic place and has great ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Get the chil­dren here and get lo­cal schools in­volved.” The park has been cre­ated on the for­mer spoil tip of Bette­shanger Col­liery, where coal pro­duc­tion ended in 1989.

PO­LICE are hunt­ing three young men who burst into a house and threat­ened the oc­cu­pants with a gun and a knife. The gang, who all had their faces cov­ered with hoods, went into the house in Beau­foy Road, Dover, through an open front door. They de­manded money from the three men inside – one in his 50s and two in their 70s. One of the gang was armed with a knife with an 8in blade and also a pis­tol. The men pushed the gang, who were all in their early 20s, back out of the front door and noth­ing was stolen.

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