Emergency services call out to Marine Drive shelter for medical incident

Emergency services at Marine Drive Photo by Thanet from my perspective

Emergency services called to Margate seafront yesterday evening (March 13) were dealing with a medical incident.

Ambulance and fire crews attended a call out to the shelter on Marine Drive at about 8pm.

A South East Coast Ambulance service spokesman confirmed the call out but said help was refused.

He said: “We were called to near the clock tower on Marine Parade to reports of a person in need of medical attention. Crews attended the scene but according to our record the person refused help and left the scene.”

Kent Fire and Rescue had been called to assist the ambulance service.

Photo John Cripps

The shelter is being used by at least one rough sleeper. Other people are using the site since the ending of the Thanet Winter Shelter scheme on March 5.

In 2016 Thanet council went to court to gain a possession order for the shelter, meaning those sleeping at the site had to move on.

All except one of those using the shelter at that time were found accommodation.

If you are concerned about someone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness you can contact the councils Housing Options Team for advice, on 01843 577277, or by email [email protected],


  1. Why is the shelter being allowed to accommodate homeless people again after getting a court order to vacate it ?
    That was a big waste of resources when help is refused like this. Other people are being refused ambulances and are having to make their own way to hospital.

  2. Being homeless isn’t funny! When they are ‘moved on’ by police, what are they supposed to do? Cease to exist??

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