Po­lice found cannabis at trav­ellers’ site

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cash-strapped Commuters -

An un­of­fi­cial trav­ellers’ site in Sha­dox­hurst has been raided by po­lice who dis­cov­ered a stolen ve­hi­cle and a cannabis farm.

Res­i­dents said trav­ellers moved onto the for­mer TK Ban­bury Trans­port Ltd yard in Blind­grooms Lane in May and have been liv­ing in a sin­gle car­a­van and old build­ings.

When of­fi­cers went to the site at 6.45pm on Fri­day they found a van that had been re­ported stolen from an ad­dress in Mar­gate Road, Herne Bay, and found cannabis was be­ing grown. It is be­lieved it was be­ing grown in a small lorry.

Po­lice con­firmed three men were ar­rested – a 30-year-old man a 23-year-old were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of the theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cle and a 52-year-old was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of the theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cle and cul­ti­vat­ing cannabis.

All three men were from Sit­ting­bourne and have been bailed un­til Tues­day, De­cem­ber 2 pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries.

In an added twist, Ash­ford Coun­cil has con­firmed it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing as it be­lieves the trav­ellers are liv­ing on the land il­le­gally.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) a spokesman said: “We are cur­rently inves- tigat­ing a case at the site men­tioned where we be­lieve there is unau­tho­rised res­i­den­tial use.

“The owner was given the op­por­tu­nity to make a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion and the time given to them to do this is due to ex­pire to­day.

“If an ap­pli­ca­tion is not made then we will con­sider what ac­tion is in the public in­ter­est but no de­ci­sions on what ac­tion is ap­pro­pri­ate have been made.”

One neigh­bour, who did not wish to be named, said: “The trav­ellers cause end­less prob­lems. There is so much anti-so­cial behaviour and a lot of noise.”

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