In these times of mass development it’s easy to forget where our most valuable assets lie.The green belt seems constantly under threat from housing, but the town centre’s infrastructure lies waiting to be used.Maidstone’s Crown Court building is growing out of date, with it needing regular maintenance and repeated leaks delaying trials.But there’s one constant about the County Town – a river runs through it.That’s why the Kent Messenger has a new vision, one it hopes can exploit Maidstone’s oldest asset to offer a floating market and restaurant complex and a destination walkway.Naturally we’re not town planners or surveyors, but we hope revealing what could be done to capitalise on current development to free up space by the river will get people talking.So here goes…What if all of our courtrooms, crown, magistrates and coroners, moved next to Maidstone East station?And what if we didn’t stop there – what if the new … [Read more...] about What if our town looked like this?
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Court security guards have been accused of giving preferential treatment to criminals after a man who admitted taking an upskirt photo of a woman was allowed to leave through a secret exit, avoiding photographers. Neil Abbott, 32, darted back inside Westminster Magistrates’ Court when he emerged from the building on Friday and saw members of the press standing outside the main entrance waiting to take his picture. Abbott, of Maxwell Road in Romford, east London, had pleaded guilty to a charge of outraging public decency after he took an upskirt picture of a woman as she queued for food on a night out.Staff with security firm Mitie told the Press Association special measures were only allowed in rare circumstances, such as when a vulnerable witness was concerned about facing a suspect in court, and that any agreement had to be made beforehand.But it transpired another security guard allowed Abbott to leave the building through a staff-only side door, which he said followed a … [Read more...] about Court security accused of allowing upskirt defendant to leave by secret exit to avoid press
A Scarborough company has been fined for failing to make deductions from an employee’s earnings following a series of benefits overpayments. Simply IP Solutions Ltd of Durham Place, Scarborough, has been prosecuted for failing to operate a Direct Earnings Attachment (DEA) for Scarborough Borough Council.A DEA is where an employer is sent a notice to make deductions from their employee’s pay to recover overpayments of benefits. This includes overpaid Housing Benefit.The Director of Simply IP Solutions Ltd, Gareth Paul Wiffen, failed to attend court on 19 March and in his absence, the company was found guilty of four offences under The Social Security Regulations 2013.As a result the firm was ordered to pay a £1,200 fine, £250 for legal costs and a victim surcharge of £120.The victim surcharge goes to the Victim and Witness General Fund to pay for services to support victims and witnesses of crime. This includes grants to charities that support victims.The … [Read more...] about Scarborough firm fined over benefits payments to council
Journalists were met with a “hostile atmosphere” in the courtroom hearing of Yellow Vest activist James Goddard, said one who attended, with supporters joining him in the dock at one stage amid security failings. Goddard,29, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today where he denied one count of harassment without violence against independent MP Anna Soubry. He is alleged to have called Soubry a “Nazi” and a “traitor” as she carried out media interviews with broadcasters in Westminster and walked to and from Parliament between December 18 last year and January 8.Goddard labelled the press “vultures” in court, according to PA.The hearing was labelled a “shambles” by Evening Standard court correspondent Tristan Kirk after the judge adjourning proceedings part way through and some of Goddard’s supporters entered the dock with him. According to Kirk, there had been a restricted ticket policy for entry to the … [Read more...] about Court security failings led to ‘hostile atmosphere’ for journalists in Yellow Vest activist James Goddard hearing
An employment tribunal has ordered a restaurant in Eastbourne to pay thousands of pounds to a former employee. The case between the claimant and the 4 Seasons, in The Waterfront, was heard at London South on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, before Employment Judge Baron. According to the HM Courts and Tribunals Service, the tribunal found the claimant had been unfairly dismissed and ordered the restaurant to pay compensation of £10,633.The restaurant was found to be in breach of contract by not giving the claimant notice of the termination of the employment and was ordered to pay £4,332.The tribunal found the restaurant had failed to pay holiday pay due to the claimant on the termination of employment, and ordered it to pay £361.It also found there had been an unlawful deduction from the wages properly payable, and ordered the restaurant to pay the claimant £3,306.The restaurant was also ordered to pay costs of £4,800 to the claimant, according to the HM Courts and … [Read more...] about Eastbourne restaurant ordered to pay thousands to former employee