Three men face court over ram raids

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - JUNCTION 10 -

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.

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