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Head of news & sport: Peter Guise 

Hampton Primary School in Fitzgerald Avenue in Herne Bay has been forced to close because of a third covid outbreak.

It will be closed to all pupils from Monday 30th November with classes expected to resume on Monday 14th December although in a letter to parents today (27th November) the Headteacher, Ms Yvonne Nunn, states, "Please bear in mind this date remains fluid depending on any further confirmed cases and it may be that this closure is extended until the end of term".

Having already had outbreaks in year 3 and year 5, a further outbreak in the Foundation Stage resulted in the school seeking the advice of Public Health England who agreed to the whole school closure. 

The letter to parents also says that it is expected that children will access remote learning online which will be uploaded daily by class teachers to the class pages, Dojo or Tapestry. Those pages can also be used to communicate with class teachers.  Parents are also being asked to email the SLT (Senior Leadership Team) and the FLO (Family Liaison Officer) with any concerns. The school wil also be emailing Free School Meal vouchers to those families entitled to benefits related Free School Meals.

Ms Nunn goes on to write, "I understand how incredibly difficult this may be for some families but this circuit breaker is now essential to keep each other safe and hopefully allow our families to have a healthy Christmas with safe bubbles".

The full letter can be viewed at




From 2nd December, Kent will be placed in Tier 3 restrictions. These restrictions will be reviewed every 2 weeks, with the first being completed by 16th December 2020.

On Sunday 8th November, Cabin FM transmitted a simulcast of the Remembrance Sunday service held at the Cenotaph in Herne Bay's War Memorial Park. This is the link to re-live, or watch for the first time, the Act of Remembrance for 2020.


A number of people have been charged following an investigation into the thefts of lifesaving medical equipment.

Between September 2016 and August 2017, the equipment, including 300 defibrillators, was taken from ambulances and buildings in Herne Bay as well as other towns, including Thanet, Ashford, Chatham, Northfleet and the Isle of Sheppey.

Radio listeners are about to suffer one of the biggest shake ups to radio listening since the 1960s saw the pirates replaced by networked national radio but it could be good news for both listeners and the emerging Community Radio scene.

Christopher Godden

A Herne Bay man has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Christopher Godden, 28, who lives in the High Street admitted two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday (Friday, 3rd May 2019).

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Herne Bay has been a clean sweep for the Conservatives, gaining two seats to take all ten available in the local elections that took place yesterday (2nd May 2019).

They didn’t have complete success in the Canterbury district though, as leader of Canterbury City Council, Simon Cook, lost his seat by 238 votes. His Nailbourne seat has gone to Mike Sole of the Liberal Democrats who have seen several gains across the country. Mr Sole secured just under 50% of the total votes for the seat.

Detectives are investigating a report of a serious assault in Station Chine, Herne Bay.

Kent Police was called at 4.24pm on Friday 29 March 2019 to a report of a man with an injury consistent with a stab wound.

A man has died following a crash on the A2990 Old Thanet Way near Whitstable. 

The collision involved a white Ford Kuga and a black Suzuki motorcycle and occurred yesterday evening (Friday 1st March 2019). Police were called to the scene at 7.31pm. 

Police attended Barnes Way

Kent Police detectives are investigating following a suspected stabbing in Herne Bay.

Officers attended Barnes Way shortly after 2.48pm today (Friday 22 February 2019) where a man in his 20s was treated by ambulance staff at the scene for an injury consistent with a stab wound. He has been airlifted to a London hospital and is believed to be in a serious condition.