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THEFT: Man, 30, arrested in rural crime crackdown

Friday 14th May 2021

QUAD bikes have been seized following a police operation targeting rural crime in Maidstone.

Patrols took part in a two day clamp down on burglary and theft offences across the county.

The operation took place between May 5 and 6.

On May 5, police attempted to stop a Ford Transit in Ditton, Aylesford. The vehicle was suspected to be linked to the theft of catalytic convertors and failed to stop.

It was later located and seized in Tovil and driver Joshua Allen, aged 30, of Cottall Avenue, Chatham, was charged with driving whilst disqualified, driving without a licence or insurance, driving without due care and failing to stop when requested by police.

Sergeant Ed Kavanagh said: "We remain absolutely committed to tackling rural crime and working with communities to identify, disrupt and catch criminals who believe they are beyond our reach.

"Our rural communities are just as important to us as those in and around town centres and we will continue to engage with the people who live and work there to ensure we remain focused on the issues that matter most to them."