Hun­dreds beat a path to meet the po­lice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­tures by Gary Browne

HUN­DREDS of peo­ple en­joyed tours of cells and rides in pa­trol cars dur­ing an open day at Ash­ford po­lice sta­tion. Fam­i­lies were able to see inside the sta­tion and chil­dren could even have their fin­ger­prints and pho­tos taken. There was a chip pan fire demon­stra­tion by fire­fight­ers, as well as demon­stra­tions by po­lice dogs, a marine unit and much more. The event held on Satur­day was to cel­e­brate 150 years of Kent Po­lice and all money raised from the day will go to Kent Air Am­bu­lance. Neigh­bour­hood Sgt Michelle Sanna said: “We had all of our part­ner agen­cies here in­clud­ing Crimestop­pers, Vic­tim Sup­port, Am­bu­lance Ser­vice, and Kent County Coun­cil did a road safety demon­stra­tion. “It was great to see so many peo­ple in­ter­ested and it was a good chance for peo­ple to meet their neigh­bour­hood of­fi­cers.” The event was opened by a spe­cial knife dance by Gurkhas and foot­ball club Charl­ton Ath­letic held a beat the goalie game as part of a com­mu­nity pro­gramme. There was a bouncy cas­tle on site and Scooby-Doo was play­ing find the clue with chil­dren.

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Kent Po­lice’s marine di­vi­sion make an ap­pear­ance

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Abra­ham Viera on guided tour of the cus­tody cells

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James Rus­sel with Sgt Dean Quinn and PC Dar­ren Slater

Open day at Ash­ford po­lice sta­tion

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The Gurkha knife dance

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Det Sgt Tris­tan Stevens and crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tor Mandy Cooper demon­state foren­sic tech­niques

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The fire ser­vice dis­play

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Con­nor Hard­ing, five, with safety train­ing of­fi­cer Adam Pil­beam

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Joseph and Owen from Ash­ford with traf­fic po­lice­man PC Steve Turner

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Oliver Pater­son has a go on KCC’s seat­belt ma­chine

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