Rural Officers Offer Crime Prevention Advice

Rural Officers Offer Crime Prevention Advice

Dozens of Kent Police officers, PCSOs and council wardens joined forces for a special day of action to prevent and detect crime in the rural areas around Sittingbourne recently.

In the latest of Kent Police's 'Operation Nonagon' initiatives, Police and Kent County Council staff patrolled Faversham and many of the surrounding villages. In the course of their duties on Wednesday 23rd July the team apprehended suspected burglars, seized suspected stolen property and issued crime prevention advice to local residents.

Local officers, assisted by two teams of volunteer Special Constables, conducted patrols in villages such as Bredgar, Doddington, Eastling, Hartlip, Iwade, Lower Halstow, Newington, Newnham, Stockbury, Tonge, Tunstall and Upchurch.

Sergeant Dave Smith, from Kent Police, told SFM News: "this high-visibility presence and activity helps reassure local rural communities, while preventing and detecting crime. The teams executed a search warrant at a Faversham address to locate possible stolen goods. No residents were present but officers seized a petrol lawnmower, petrol strimmer and petrol chainsaw from the property and enquiries into those items are ongoing."

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