Man charged with hav­ing im­i­ta­tion gun at pub gig

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Repton Manor Barn -

Panic spread through a packed pub af­ter a man al­legedly pulled out an im­i­ta­tion gun and be­gan wav­ing it around.

A 28-year-old Ash­ford man was ar­rested and charged with pos­ses­sion of an im­i­ta­tion firearm with in­tent to cause fear of vi­o­lence.

Armed po­lice stormed The Druids Arms in Maid­stone just af­ter mid­night on Satur­day where five-piece group Con­tra­band had been play­ing a gig.

Alek­sej Mironov, of White Wil­low Close in Ash­ford, made a brief ap­pear­ance via video link at Maid­stone Mag­is­trates’ Court on Mon­day where he was re­manded to ap­pear again on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 9 at the crown court.

Con­tra­band lead singer Kerry Lawrence said: ““It hap­pened dur­ing our very last song.

“We got one of the guys to alert the bar staff and con­tin­ued play­ing so we didn’t cre­ate a panic.”

Armed po­lice of­fi­cers quickly ap­pre­hended a man at the scene, and the weapon was found to be a replica.

A spokesman for the Druid’s Arms said: “Thanks to the sup­port of our neigh­bour­ing busi­nesses and the quick ac­tions of our team, we were able to con­tain the sit­u­a­tion and for our cus­tomers it was busi­ness as usual.” The boss of a let­tings agency, with of­fices in Ash­ford and Herne Bay, has ad­mit­ted car­ry­ing out £5,500 worth of frauds.

Com­pany di­rec­tor Keith Martin, 51, runs a fran­chise for Seek­ers UK in the two towns.

Now Can­ter­bury Crown Court has heard how he posed as clients to re­lease funds un­der a scheme de­signed to pro­tect ten­ant’s de­posits.

Martin, of St Peters Street, Can­ter­bury, and Seek­ers UK each ad­mit­ted eight charges of fraud and en­gag­ing in a banned com­mer­cial prac­tice in 2013 and 2014.

Oth­ers charges of fraud and money laun­der­ing, which were de­nied, are ex­pected to be or­dered to be left on the file.

Sen­tenc­ing was ad­journed for a month while pro­ba­tion re­ports are pre­pared on Martin, who is be­lieved to still be run­ning his busi­ness.

Martin’s LinkedIn pro­file says he is CEO of Seek­ers UK Ltd and re­ceived a de­gree from the Open Univer­sity.

Martin ad­mit­ted pos­ing as clients to re­lease funds held un­der the De­posit Pro­tec­tion Ser­vice – which is de­signed to pro­tect ten­ants’ de­posits.

The money held by the DPS can

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