Ar­rests and fines fol­low crack­down

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

PO­LICE de­scribe the re­sults of last week’s crack­down on drugs, crime and il­le­gal driv­ers in the Ash­ford area as ‘ex­cel­lent’.

Six peo­ple were ar­rested af­ter driv­ers were stopped in Hoth­field, Brook­field Road, Can­ter­bury Road, Chart Road and Bethers­den.

Of­fi­cers were also out on ex­tra night time pa­trols in Ken­ning­ton, Wye and the town cen­tre in a crack­down on drugs.

They were joined by DVLA of­fi­cials, ve­hi­cle safety check­ers, the Ben­e­fit Agency, Depart­ment of Works and Pen­sions and debt re­cov­ery agents.

As well as the six ar­rested in road checks, 48 peo­ple were ar­rested us­ing in­tel­li­gence gath­ered dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

As a re­sult of the road checks, 83 peo­ple were fined for driv­ing without in­sur­ance, a li­cence or hav­ing no MOT, and three ve­hi­cles were seized.

Det Insp Julien Law­ton said: “Early in­ter­ven­tion is ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing crimes which take place in con­nec­tion with the night time econ­omy of the area.

“This ini­tia­tive has made Ash­ford a safer place, and we will be plan­ning more.”

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