Six ar­rests in ru­ral crime crack­down

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Fundraiser -

Six peo­ple have been ar­rested fol­low­ing a crack­down on ru­ral crime.

Five men and one woman, all from the Ash­ford area, were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of bur­gling sheds, garages and out­build­ings, as well as han­dling stolen goods.

They are all cur­rently on bail pend­ing fur­ther po­lice in­quiries.

The ar­rests fol­lowed a spe­cial op­er­a­tion through­out June, July and Au­gust in the ru­ral parts of the district by Kent Po­lice.

At the same time, a sig­nif­i­cant amount of sus­pected stolen prop­erty was seized, in­clud­ing 20 in­dus­trial bat­ter­ies, seven lawn mow­ers, five chain­saws and five bikes.

The op­er­a­tion has re­sulted in a 41% re­duc­tion in ru­ral crime com­pared with last year, with 16 fewer of­fences re­ported to po­lice.

In­spec­tor An­drew Judd said “The most sig­nif­i­cant re­sult to come out of the op­er­a­tion is fewer vic­tims of ru­ral crime.

“Less crime means less has­sle and heartache for peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing in the ru­ral parts of Ash­ford.”

He added: “There is a lot peo­ple can do to help them­selves and re­duce their chances of be­com­ing a vic­tim of crime.”

For more in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice, go www.kent.po­

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