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Police Dog Parker involved in early morning arrest near river in Maidstone

Wednesday 16th May 2018

A MAN and a teenager have been arrested on suspicion of theft following an early morning search by police involving a sniffer dog and helicopter in Maidstone.

Officers were called to a report of suspicious activity near a quad bike in Dickens Road – off Royal Engineers Way - at 2.55am yesterday (May 15).

Police attended the scene where it was reported a Ford Transit van had driven off. The vehicle was later found nearby and a search of the area made by officers using a police dog and the police helicopter.

A man aged 25 and a 16-year-old boy, both from Chatham, were subsequently found on the River Medway towpath near Castle Dene, Maidstone. The man entered the water and was helped out by officers and police dog – PD Parker (pictured)  – before being arrested on suspicion of theft, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified. The teenager was arrested nearby on suspicion of theft and driving offences.

They have both been bailed to return to the police station on June 12.