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Two more arrested in Maidstone as part of police clampdown on knife crime

Wednesday 24th April 2019

ANOTHER two men have been arrested in Maidstone by officers using stop and search powers as part of a clampdown on knife crime.

Officers say both were found to have knives and have been charged with various possession offences.

Yesterday’s first arrest came at about 1pm after a man was reported acting suspiciously in a carpark in Brewer Street. The second was made at 3pm the same day by officers on patrol in Brenchley Gardens.

Officers say a utility knife, along with separate blades, were recovered during the first incident. Daniel Baker (24), from Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, has been remanded in custody to appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday) on a charge of possessing a bladed article in a public place.

A 17-year-old, from Harrietsham, was subsequently charged with the same offence and possession of cannabis following the later incident. He has been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on May 21.

Inspector Mark Hedges, of the Maidstone Community Safety Unit, said: “We are committed to protecting our communities from knife crime and the harm it causes. Carrying a knife also increases the risk of being the victim of a serious assault and our officers will continue to take robust and proactive action to detect, stop and search those who we believe may be in possession of weapons.”