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ROBBERY: Residents threatened with machete and axe in village near Maidstone

Thursday 3rd June 2021

THIEVES threatened residents with a machete and an axe in Detling, police revealed today.
Three men who broke into three caravans at a site before threatening the occupants with the weapons. They were jailed for more than 25 years between them. 
Another criminal was jailed last month for breaking into the same pensioner’s Wateringbury home on four different occasions. These offences led to the victim’s bank card being used in 11 fraudulent transactions and an investigation carried out by the Crime Squad resulted in the offender being jailed for three years.
Kent Police said 14 offenders were jailed after a squad targeted burglary and robbery offences. The total amount of time in sentences imposed was 63 years and eight months. 
Detective Inspector Darren Reynolds, who leads the team, said: "The offenders we’ve locked up have shown exceptional levels of callousness and often see a person’s vulnerability as a motive to commit an offence."