Yafit Lazar

On-online and print journalist

United Kingdom

A digital journalist with over three years of experience who is always looking for the next big story.

A Master's of Art from the prestigious Newspaper Journalism course at Cardiff University.

'There is nothing like the thrill of discovering news whether it is across the street or abroad!'

Canterbury Times
PCC Barnes 'seeks clarity' about Kent Police fracking list

KENT Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes has called an urgent meeting with Chief Constable Alan Pughsley tomorrow over the fracking debate fiasco. She has stepped in after a row over claims in The Guardian newspaper today that the force asked debate hosts Canterbury Christ Church University for a list of attendees.

Canterbury Times
Three men injured, one seriously, after Canterbury house party stabbing

​Kent Police is appealing for witnesses after three people were left injured following a house party in Canterbury early this morning. The three were injured in two separate incidents in Salisbury Road and Beaconsfield Road. Officers were called to an address in Salisbury Road at 1.12am after reports that two people had been assaulted.

Canterbury Times
RSPCA: help us find a home for adorable 17 piglets

THE RSPCA has asked pig lovers to rehome piglets after two sows, who were rescued near Faversham, unexpectedly gave birth to 17 babies. Gill and Sandra, two micro-pigs, were found in an underweight, neglected state in Boughton-Under-Blean, Faversham, Kent last September.

Canterbury Times
Whitstable Labour councillor 'sorry' over controversial Auschwitz retweet

A Whitstable councillor has apologised for any offence caused by a picture she re-tweeted criticising the Conservative party's austerity policy. Bernadette Fisher, who the Labour Party's representative Gorrell ward only last month, has drawn criticism over a retweet she made last weekend.

Canterbury Times
Met Office issues yellow warning: Rain and gale force winds to hit Canterbury this Friday

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for strong rain and wind across the South East this Friday (24 July). The yellow warning will run from noon on Friday to 9am on Saturday. Friday is expected to remain dry in the morning but as the day progresses, clouds will thicken with heavy and persistent rain expected to hit Kent in the afternoon.

Canterbury Times
Pictures: Top 11 campsites in East Kent

Wallett's Court, Dover More information here. Pinewood Camping Pods, Port Lympne near Hythe More information here. Canterbury Camping and Caravanning Club Site More information here. Folkstone Camping and Carvanning Club Site More information here. Bloomsbury's, Buddenden near Ashford Little Halden Farm, Cranbrook not far from Ashford Gooseberry Field Campsite, Pluckley near Ashford More information here.

Canterbury Times
Canterbury's mystery plaques: What are they and what is the story behind them?

If you take a walk through the streets of Canterbury you are very likely to come across some of these 'sun-face' plaques - but some may wonder what they represent. David Lewis from the Canterbury Historical and Archaeological Society (CHAS) has taken several pictures of the plaques, explaining their significance.

Canterbury Times
Video: See what Canterbury city centre looked like in the 1970s

A film featuring elderly people travelling in Canterbury shows what life was like in the city in the 1970s. A YouTube user has uploaded the footage, which runs for over 13 minutes, stating it is "Showing the typical dullness of British old folks taking trips out in the late 1970s."

Canterbury Times
Vandals target cars in Herne Bay with bright paint

Maria Grenham More than ten cars in Herne Bay have been targeted by vandals who have squirted them with bright colours. The vehicles targeted are in Kings Road, Richmond Street, Reculver Road, School Lane, Hunters Chase and Margate Road. A Kent Police spokesman confirmed investigation is under way after owners woke up to find their cars painted over overnight.

Canterbury Times
6 of the most notorious witch trials in East and Mid Kent

Puritan England was a dangerous place for people, mostly women, who acted differently or attracted unwanted attention from locals. Kent, being one of the oldest regions in Britain and one of the most significant places to Christianity in the country, was certainly no exception.

Canterbury Times
Byron to open its new restaurant in Canterbury with free burgers and beer

Byron is offering free burgers and beer to celebrate the opening of its new restaurant in Canterbury. The famous gourmet burger chain is set to open its first restaurant in 45 Burgate on Thursday 2 July, just four days before the big arrival of Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

Canterbury Times
Video: See inside this hidden WW2 radar station near Faversham

The abandoned radar station near Faversham played an important role in protecting Britain in the Second World War. The RAF Dunkirk was built in 1937 to alert the army of bombing raids over the Thames Estuary area. The derelict station is located near the Dunkirt village and is spread over 26 acres.

Canterbury Times
University of Kent graduations: dos and don'ts to make it the best ceremony

University of Kent via flickr As the University of Kent students are preparing for their graduation day, we've put together a guide to help them make it the best day this year. Hundreds of students are set walk on the stage next week and receive the certificate they've worked so hard to obtain for the past few years.

Canterbury Times
In pictures: Top 17 accommodations in the Canterbury area - according to Airbnb

By Ylazar | Whether a barn or a seaside hut, the Canterbury area offers a range of options to spend a lovely time in Kent. Scroll to see the highest ranked accommodations according to Air BnB users. Whether a barn or a seaside hut, the Canterbury area offers a range of options to spend a lovely time in Kent.

Canterbury Times
EXCLUSIVE: The record-breaking giant posters that will fly in Herne Bay

The Herne Bay Cartoon Festival will display these posters, created by award-winning cartoonist for the Financial Times Jeremy Banks. The festival is returning for the third year after securing grants from the Arts Council and the Procartoonists Organisation. Mr Banks, a self-confessed fan of Herne Bay, is set to make an appearance at the bandstand on Sunday, August 2.

Canterbury Times
In pictures: Can you believe this is the same Canterbury house?

NEW meets old in a striking combination of decorative Victorian juxtaposed with glass, copper and steel at a home for sale in Canterbury. From the front, number 260 is a picture of Victorian architecture, with its large bay windows in perfect symmetry, framed with detailed stonework.

Canterbury Times
Canterbury university expert: 'Singing can reduce depression and anxiety'

Group singing can help fighting depression and anxiety, according to a new research published by two Canterbury universities. The first rigorous research in this field was conducted by University of Kent's Simon Coulton, Professor Stephen Clift and Ann Skingley from the Canterbury Christ Church Univeristy as well as John Rodriguez of NHS Kent and Medway in Ashford.

Canterbury Times
In pictures: The good old days in Herne Bay - in colour

By Ylazar | We've all seen black-and-white pictures from Herne Bay showing the life in our lovely seaside town long before most of us were born. But here's a chance to explore old Herne Bay in colour. The pictures are courtesy of the Kent Photo Archive.

Canterbury Times
Traffic queuing 'for miles' on M2 near Faversham after a reported collision

Motorists are facing long queues on the M2 this evening following reports of an accident. According to several reports, a collision involving two vehicles took place outside the Faversham junction. A lane has been blocked at Junction 6 on the coastbound M2, leaving a long tail 'for miles'.

Canterbury Times
Picture Quiz: Can you guess what this Canterbury building is - if you look up?

A walk around the ancient city centre of Canterbury is often very enjoyable with a range of brilliant shops and cafes but have you ever stopped and taken time to look at the buildings around you? A few months ago we shared a collection of pictures exploring the features of some of our most famous building s - but did you actually recognise them?

Canterbury Times
In pictures: Is this the cheapest converted chapel in Faversham?

By Ylazar | A BEAUTIFULLY converted chapel in Faversham is set to be open for viewing tomorrow. Take a look inside and tell us if you'd pay £300,000 for this lovely property. St Saviour's is a grade II listed converted chapel in Faversham's Whitstable Road.

Canterbury Times
13 of Canterbury's lost shops and what they are now

By Ylazar | OVER the years, Canterbury has seen a long list of shops closed down and replaced by others. Warning: Some may bring back fond memories. Scroll to see which stores used to be found on these streets. THE list, including shops in the 1950's up to the early 1970's, has been provided by John Copsey.

Canterbury Times
Video: Take an intimate look at Canterbury's notorious former asylum

A film showing the decay of St Augustine's Hospital in Chartham provides an eerie insight into what has happened to the site in the past twenty years. Flip through the pictures at the top to see some of the most shocking pictures captured by the team.

Canterbury Times
13 reasons why you should date a man from Canterbury

NOW that spring-time is upon us we are all a bit more eager to leave home and even date. But if you're not convinced why you should still date locally, we've come up with a fun list of reasons why you should.

Canterbury Times
Nostalgia pictures: The story of Tankerton through old photos

By Ylazar | TANKERTON, which was formally known as Tankerton-on-Sea, was a great destination for holiday makers in the last century. Here are some pictures that celebrate its past. TANKERTON started as Tankerton-on-Sea - a commercial development by the Tankerton Estate Company in the late nineteenth century.

Canterbury Times
Oscars 2015: 11 east Kent links to Hollywood

WITH the 2015 Oscars taking place on Sunday (February 22), the last place you may be thinking of as the stars tread the red carpet is east Kent. But Hollywood does indeed have its own close links with Canterbury, as well as Thanet, Medway and Dover.

Canterbury Times
PICTURES: Is this Canterbury's ultimate bachelor pad?

CANTERBURY sports-lovers may find themselves drooling over this stunning flat, not because of what's awaiting inside but because of its unusual location. Lime Tree House is a collection of five two-bedroom, meticulously designed, luxury and contemporary apartments, combining striking modern architecture with flexible living accommodation.

Canterbury Times
17 reasons why the University of Kent is the best in the UK

The University of Kent may have been ranked fairly low on the latest student survey but we simply disagree. We could go to recent prestigious rankings that have placed the university among Britain's 20 best universities but that wouldn't be that fun, would it?

Canterbury Times
URGENT: Adopt to help save 14,000 free range hens before slaughter

PEOPLE in the Canterbury area have been urged to adopt free range hens before they are slaughtered. Thanet-based TAG pet rescue charity has appealed for people in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Thanet to save 14000 hens. They warn that unless rescue places will be found for the hens in the coming fortnight they fear they'll be be slaughtered.

Mapping Wales: Our nation's past on paper

From the first map of Wales to the first ever to be printed in Welsh, Yafit Lazar looks at an exhibition of our borders taking place next weekend They are highly collectable and give us an intriguing insight into our past.

Canterbury Times
21 famous people you might not realise have links to Canterbury

IF you wonder what are their links to our lovely area, have a look here: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stayed at a cottage in Ickham a few years ago and left a few locals rather shocked when they popped into the local pub. Sandi Toksvig is a resident of Herne Bay.

Welsh language is crucial, says Cian Ciaran

By Yafit Lazar Super Furry Animal's Cian Ciaran talks about why Welsh matters and hits back at Cardiff Council for letting Welsh children down. For Cian, the Welsh language is part of everyday life. "I was brought up bilingually. My mother learned Welsh as she's from Armagh.

Canterbury Times
Road closures and air ambulance in Faversham following reported stabbing

Andrew Culham TWO roads have been closed in Faversham and air ambulance is at the scene following an incident this evening. Partial closures have been reported on Springhead Road and Fostall Road. A Kent Police spokesperson said: "Kent Police is investigating an incident at a private residential address in Fostall Road, Faversham.

Canterbury Times
General Election 2015: 'Brazier losing his seat would be a surprise' says political expert

CANTERBURY Christ Church University's political expert claims it would be a surprise if Julian Brazier loses his seat as the Canterbury and Whitstable in next month's General Election. The comment from Canterbury Christ Church University's Dr Mark Bennister comes in reaction to several publications by national papers, including the Telegraph, which claim the current MP Julian Brazier's seat may be in danger.

Grangetown meets Bollywood

The event, which will take place on Saturday evening, is part of this year's Wales One World film festival. It will feature a performance by the Bollywood Brass Band and will offer a taste of traditional Gujarati food.

Cardiff Council's proposed sites for new school could split community

A Welsh medium school campaigner has warned Cardiff Council's plans to build a new school may split the local community. A member of the TAG campaign for a Welsh medium school in Grangetown, Huw Williams, has expressed concern at the council's list of potential sites.

Cardiff council's Govier lashes out at parents over play centre referendum

Councillor Ashley Govier has hit out out at parents for seeking referendum on the future of play centres ahead of next week's key vote. Days before parents in Grangetown meet in an attempt to gather 150 signatures to trigger a local referendum, Coun Govier attacked their decision to continue their campaign despite the Council's announcement to keep the centres open for a year.

Canterbury Times
EXCLUSIVE: Ombudsman to probe Canterbury City Council following impartiality claims

THE Local Government Ombudsman is set probe whether Canterbury City Council lacked impartiality in an e-mail exchange with bus company Stagecoach. The Ombudsman's investigation comes after a resident had made a request under the Freedom of Information Act concerning a leaked e-mail between a Council officer and representatives of the bus firm.

The South Wales Echo
Runner told to give up his cross

A local campaigner claimed he was banned from taking part in the London Marathon due to religious reasons.

Canterbury Times
Watch: local dancer with Down's Syndrome set to conquer Canterbury's Beaney

CANTERBURY'S The Beaney is set to host a special dance show, featuring Ian Cooper who was born with Down's Syndrome. The show is staged by Canterbury-based Confidance, a dancing initiative that empowers people with, and without, special needs. "I am looking forward to the show," Ian said.

Canterbury Times
Photos: 19 dishes in Canterbury you can NOT miss before you die

By Ylazar | CANTERBURY has a spectacular variety of restaurants that wouldn't shame larger cities. But some dishes are almost part of our culinary life in the city. Scroll for our best 19 dishes in the area. NINETEEN different dishes from top eateries in Canterbury have been selected as the city's best dishes.

Thanet Gazette
Thanet's man or woman of the year is...

PEOPLE from all across Thanet have voted for the person whose contribution to our community in 2014 had to be recognised. Seven tremendous locals were lined up to win the title but only one received an overwhelming amount of votes this year.

Canterbury Times
Photos: 22 pubs Faversham has lost over the years

EACH and every one of Faversham's lost pubs has its own fascinating history and we've managed to dig in and find some interesting stories. Here is what we know about these lovely 22 ex pubs: 1. Anchor Inn in 33 Ospringe Street is now in residential use. 2.

Ashford Herald
19 of the finest places to get married in Kent

This beautiful manor near Canterbury offers a lovely and relaxing place to unwind. The original Building, which dates back to 1181, is only a short drive from everything there is to see in East Kent, including the beaches and the ancient city of Canterbury. Address: Howfield Manor , Howfield Lane, Chartham Hatch, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 7HQ.

Planning scheme in the Bay could set a dangerous precedent

A Cardiff Councillor has said the approval of a reduced contribution to a planning scheme in the Bay could set a dangerous precedent. The Council's planning committee approved on Wednesday the application of Bayscape Ltd. to reduce its contribution towards affordable housing in Grangetown from £1.2m down to £400,000.

Canterbury Times
New Kent Hospitals failings highlighted in NHS Ombudsman's report

FIVE cases of health care failures in Kent hospitals have been investigated by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. The report comes after East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust was placed in special measures in September 2014 after a damning report by the Care Quality Commission.

Grangetown Councillors snub play centre meeting

Grangetown Councillors shunned a meeting on play centre referendum yesterday following plans to appoint Plaid Cymru official as chair of community vote. Councillors Ashley Govier and Lynda Thorne, who held a private meeting with a few Grangetown play centre employees ahead of the poll meeting, released a statement explaining their move.

Ashford Herald
15 great gardens to visit in Kent on a sunny day

PEOPLE from across the country and the world visit Kent largely due to its spectacular gardens. But what are the region's best gardens? Now that the sun is out, you may want to browse through our 15 best gardens in Kent: This internationally renowned garden, which lies about 28 miles away from Canterbury, was developed by Vita Sackville-West and Sir Harold Nicolson around the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion.

Cardiff church reveals new logo

The decision to choose a logo was accepted unanimously by the 14 members of the Parochial Church Committee on Wednesday night. The new logo was launched by the church's Father David Thomas Morris on the congregation's Facebook page.

More storms to lash Cardiff

A warning about a new wave of coastal flooding in the south of Cardiff has been issued ahead of a stormy night. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) have urged the public to take care and keep from the coastline as high tides and strong winds in south and west Wales are expected to cause flooding from tonight running into tomorrow.

Canterbury Times
Gallery: What did Victorian Herne Bay look like?

IN HIS book, Herne Bay Historical Records Society Curator and Archivist Mike Bundock take a look at some of the more interesting stories behind famous buildings in town. The first picture is taken from the top of the clock tower, looking east.

Cardiff Bus delays leave travellers enraged

Bus delays across the city have led to a wave of complaints on Twitter yesterday. Cardiff Bus took to Twitter to explain the delays, saying they were due to "staff issues." Gareth Stevens, Business Development Manager at Cardiff Bus, commented on the problem, which left many travellers frustrated.

Canterbury Times
Before & after gallery: Canterbury's former prison - now The Pound bar

THE Pound Bar & Kitchen has open its doors for a unique tour through its venue's unique past and its exciting new future. This gallery illustrates the long restoration that has been done to transform the place - almost entirely. "It's been a long process, and a lot of work",co-owner James Caldon Caldon told The Canterbury Times in December.

Pressure is on to keep play centres open

Cardiff Council could withdraw its proposal that would see the closure of six of the city's play centres amid growing public pressure. The cabinet yesterday heard a request, made by a Grangetown councillor, to take play centres out of its budget proposals for 2014/15, only days before the consultation phase ends.

Canterbury Times
VIDEO: Watch this Whitstable woman's reaction after surprise proposal

AFTER their engagement gallery went viral, the lucky and very engaged couple from Whitstable has shared the video from this special event at The Duke of Cumberland. Many readers were incredibly excited to see the pictures from the emotional event at the local pub so this video should be rather exciting to see.

Canterbury Times
Petition launched to stop Canterbury City Council from

A petition has been launched by local musicians against a perceived crackdown on the city's buskers. Organisers of the petition, which has received over 1,800 signatures on change.org, have accused the Canterbury City Council of using provisions in last year's Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act to target buskers.

Cardiff Council give hope to play centres' future

Labour cabinet member Coun Ashley Govier said Council Tax will have to rise in order to keep open Cardiff's play centres. This follows the announcement for centres to be spared another year after the Labour party endorsed a proposal to explore new ways of running them.

Canterbury Times
Herne Bay's 6-year-old donates hair for cancer charity

OLIVIA Lee from Herne Bay is planning to donate her hair to a charity that creates wigs for children with cancer and is now asking for your help to raise money for another wig. The 6-year-old girl has decided to cut 10 inches of her hair and donate it to the Little Princess Trust and inspire others to donate money.

Campaign to keep Grangetown play centre open

Councillors are due to meet with Cardiff Council's director of sport, leisure and culture in an attempt to keep a threatened play centre open. Grangetown Councillor Chris Lomax, who estimated that £100,000 a year is needed to keep the play centre open, confirmed all options are on the table ahead of a key meeting on Tuesday.

Ashley Govier: "It's not an emergency budget"

Ashley Govier, Cardiff Council's Cabinet member for Environment, has reacted to the proposals for a £45 million reduction in the council budget. "It's not an emergency budget, it's a reality budget," the councillor from Grangetown said. "We have a conservative government, it's what they want."

Canterbury Times
Pat Lamb's family to visit Canterbury after reported sighting outside Fenwick

PAT Lamb's family are expected to visit Canterbury today after one of the search team was contacted about a potential sighting. The 28-year-old has disappeared nearly a month ago after a night out in Maidstone with friends. A woman contacted the team, saying she may have seen him near the Fenwick Store, in St George's Street, over a week ago.

Council cut green recycling bag outlets

Cardiff City Council has slashed 58 green bag and food liner stockists. The move was announced following the publication of an efficiency review on Monday January 3. According to the council, the change was made to ensure the remaining green bag and food liner stockists are provided with sufficient stock.

Grangetown parents call for local support to save play centre

Grangetown parents prepare for a community meeting to fight for their local play centre's future. Over 3000 leaflets have been handed out in the past week calling local residents to take part in a poll over the centre's future. Walking from house to house, a group of parents have been knocking on every door to ask for the locals' support.

Canterbury Times
Poll: who is Herne Bay's man or woman of the year?

FIVE inspirational people from Herne Bay have been nominated by one of our readers to feature in this poll. Who deserves the title? 1. Jo Mumford - the young musician has made a video and sold jewellery she created to raise money and awareness for charity Epilepsy Action.

The Only Way is Downton

Dozens of Downton Abbey fans poured into the Millennium Centre's Western Studio for an eagerly anticipated evening of parody of their favourite programme. And they were not let down. The show featured every one of the Downton regulars, all of whom are perfectly portrayed by the brilliant Luke Kempner.

Canterbury Times
General Election 2015 Live: See the results from Canterbury and Faversham

AFTER a very long campaign, the election is finally over and now it's time to find out who will represent Canterbury and Whitstable and Faversham and Mid Kent in the next parliament. Our reporters are at the count centres in Canterbury and Maidstone - where they will announce Faversham's next MP.

Cardiff's Ukrainians fear for their country's future

Co-authored with Mari Eccles. Ukrainians are facing one of the biggest crises in their country since the fall of the Soviet Union. After being hit by waves of protest, the government's heavy-handed response - and its own subsequent disintegration - has seen Ukraine pushed into the spotlight, even here in Wales.

Canterbury Times
Farage on his upcoming Kent visits:

AFTER blaming traffic and immigration for his late appearance at a Ukip event in Wales over the weekend, Nigel Farage says he is not likely to miss his party's Spring Conference in Margate. Mr Farage in his typically ebullient mood brushed off the controversy that seems to follow him around.