Three men face court over ram raids
THREE men have appeared in court charged with offences relating to cash machine thefts across the county.
These include an attempted raid at Sainsbury’s in New Romney last week.
The three, all accused of conspiracy to burgle, are Hizekiah Roberts, 30, an unemployed builder, of Dickens Avenue, Canterbury; Darren Scott Lee, 31, a labourer, of The Meadows in New Romney, and his brother Anthony Cornelius Lee, 32, a builder, from Greenbridge Park caravan site, Vauxhall Road, Canterbury. Roberts is also charged with grievous bodily harm with intent to resist arrest and driving a motor vehicle dangerously in a public place.
The charges relate to the incident in New Romney last Wednesday morning and incidents involving cash machine thefts in Hawkinge; Littlebourne, near Canterbury; Sandwich, and Herne Bay, between January 7 and March 1 this year. The three stood in the dock in court two at Folkestone Magistrates on Friday, wearing casual jumpers and shirts. They were flanked by security guards and there was a strong police presence in the court building.
The court heard all three are married with children.
Magistrates considered bail applications for all three men but these were all rejected.
The men were remanded in custody until March 16, when they will appear before a judge at Maidstone Crown Court.
Two police officers suffered broken legs during the incident in New Romney last week, which caused an estimated £30,000 damage to the store.
Kent Police are still appealing for information about the incident and anyone who can help should call Kent Police on 01622 654321.