Tunbridge Wells targeted by police in night-time blitz against rural crime

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By kentsussex | Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 17:53

Officers from Kent Police conducted an operation on Sunday evening across four policing districts to tackle rural crime.

On Sunday into the early hours of Monday morning, officers patrolled Swale, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford and Maidstone, to target crime in rural locations in Kent. 

The officers were also joined by colleagues from the British Transport Police.

In Hollingbourne, police seized an unattended vehicle that had been reported stolen in Sussex. 

In Smarden, following a stop-check of a vehicle, two people were given a warning for possession of a small amount of cannabis. 

Officers also patrolled the Bimbury Lane area of Detling and across to Thurnham and the Pilgrims Way. In Swale, assisted by the police helicopter, a vehicle was located and the driver stop-checked. 

Inspector Sonia Lassnig, Rural Inspector for Tunbridge Wells District said: "This operation was the first of its kind, where we have linked in with other districts, pooled our resources and deployed at identified key locations to police the rural community. 

"We want the rural community to be reassured that we are keen to build relations with them, develop a productive communication channel and give a policing service that disrupts those who commit crime out in the rural parts of the county, and we intend to run this operation again in the near future."

Chief Inspector Phil Hibben, District Commander for Ashford explained: "Rural crime can have a disproportionate impact on the victims but we are committed to finding those responsible and bringing them to justice. 

"The criminal intelligence gained during this operation will be used to target identified individuals over the coming weeks and we would encourage rural communities to continue working with us, by securing valuable property and reporting suspicious activity, either directly to the Police or anonymously to Crimestoppers."



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