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Author: Matthew Seary

Is Canterbury a safe city? A run down of Canterbury’s most crime ridden streets.

At 7:20pm on the 31st March a fatal stabbing took place on Dickens Avenue, killing and injuring multiple victims. Speaking to BBC News, residents expressed their shock at violent crime taking place so close to their home, what they perceived as a quiet area. However, a report by The Canterbury Times using official police statistics has revealed the most crime ridden streets in Canterbury, and Dickens Avenue is not as crime free as the neighbours might think. As of 19th June last year Dickens Avenue was the site of 5 separate crimes including criminal damage, arson, and rape. Canterbury...

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Peak in male suicides sparks public health campaign

A public health campaign has been launched in Kent after shocking statistics show that the number of men taking their own lives is higher than the national average, and is the leading killer of men under 45 in Kent. Director of public health for Kent County Council (KKC), Andrew Scott-Clark, comments that men’s unwillingness to ask for help is a big issue in regards to mental health. “Life can be incredibly tough – a bereavement or a relationship ending or increasing debt can all cause unbearable pressure in people,” reports Mr. Scott-Clark “Given that the majority of these men are not...

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Canterbury City Council to limit student housing

Union President fears the new policy will lead to the introduction of unsightly tower blocks | Flickr, Elliott Brown Kent Union have warned Canterbury’s City Council after an Article 4 Direction came into force on 25 February 2016, affecting popular student housing. The policy now requires planning permission to be approved from the Council before it can be built if the property will be let out to between 3 and 6 occupants who are unrelated, also known as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). These type of houses are particularly known for being let to students. The Council has previously...

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Students eat accommodation hike so Vice-Chancellor can spend £26,000 on flights

Photo by Caribb | Flickr In the same week InQuire ran the article, ‘University of Kent boost accommodation prices’, the Vice-Chancellor of UKC has come under scrutiny for spending £26,635 on flights in 2014/15. The Vice-Chancellor, who took a £43,000 pay increase early last year, has been discovered as spending the ninth-highest amount on flights out of all UK university vice-chancellors, with 92% of her flights being in business or first class. Whilst the University of Kent previously justified the pay increase as it was “what it takes” to attract the best, Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow’s salary was above the...

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Student Media looks for continued national success

Between 27 February and 3 March, KTV, InQuire, and CSRfm will have submitted their best work to the nation’s biggest and most prestigious awards for student media. They already have extensive experience in their fields and have managed to perform at a high level every year. The University of Kent’s bi-weekly newspaper, InQuire, won two Student Publication Association awards last year and has submitted over 40 entries to this year’s awards looking to emulate last years success. Editor-in-Chief Natalie Tipping had to say: “InQuire has had another great year in terms of modernizing the paper and website to make them...

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