29 March 2019
The Spring 2019 issue of 'Rural Matters', about rural policing in Kent, has just been published and may be viewed
21 March 2019
Burglary and vehicle theft in Sandyhurst Lane
Between 1352 and 1400 hours on 20 March 2019, car keys and a black Audi Quattro S4 - Registration number S6
ASJ - were stolen from a property in Sandyhurst Lane. The suspects entered the property via a ground floor
window to steal keys. Both male suspects were wearing dark clothing. If you have any information, please call
101, quoting crime reference 46/52905/19.
15 March 2019
Information sought after watches stolen during aggravated burglary
Information is being sought by officers who are investigating a report of an aggravated burglary at an Ashford
home. It was reported that between 8pm and 11.50pm on Wednesday 6 March 2019, two men entered a property
in Westwell, and although the victim, a man in his 70s, was not injured, threats to use kitchen knives from the
property to harm him were made if he tried to raise the alarm. A number of designer handbags, jewellery and
watches were stolen.
Seven watches have been described as follows:
A stainless steel Breitling for Bentley watch with a black face; a stainless steel Frank Muller King Conquistador
watch with a red face; a black steel chronograph Uboat watch; a stainless steel Panerai, a stainless steel chrome
Rolex Daytona featuring a white face; a Cartier Ballon Bleu watch with a stainless steel and gold strap with a
diamond bezel; and a IWC perpetual calendar big pilot featuring a rose gold case with a brown leather strap.
The first man was described as a slim white man, 6ft tall, and dressed in black with ski mask covering his face.
The second man was also a slim white man, around 6ft tall. He had dark brown eyes, and also wore black
clothing. Both spoke with eastern European accents.
Anyone who has information is asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/43263/19.
In particular police are interested if anyone saw a white van in or around the area at the time.
Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.
9 March 2019
Serious crime in Westwell
We have received the following message from Cllr Christine Drury, Chairman of Westwell Parish Council, about a
serious crime in Westwell village:
On Wednesday March 6th at approximately 9.30pm there was a break-in on Gold Hill in Westwell village
opposite the playing field. The occupant of the house at the time was held at knife-point for two hours while
the house was ransacked.
A white transit van with an 07 or 05 number plate has been connected with the crime. It was parked outside
the house during the armed robbery.
If you were in the area and saw anything at around that time, or if you have any CCTV footage that could help,
please contact the police.
Please help if you can. If you would rather not contact the police directly, please contact the Parish Clerk, Sue
Wood on 01233 623902. Sadly this is a reminder that although Westwell is normally a low-crime parish,
horrendous events do happen, so we must all remain vigilant .
18 December 2018
Burglary in Kennington
Detectives investigating a burglary at a home in Ashford are appealing for information.
A property in Jersey Close, Kennington, is reported to have been targeted between 1pm and 4.10pm on Thursday
13 December 2018. A quantity of jewellery was taken following an untidy search of the home. Officers would like
to hear from anyone who believes they witnessed anything suspicious in the area on the afternoon of 13
They are also releasing images of some of the stolen items and would like to hear from anyone who believes they
may have recently been offered them for sale. Anyone with information can call Kent Police on 01843 222289
quoting 46/23457/18. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity 'Crimestoppers in Kent' anonymously
on 0800 555 111.
4 December 2018
Burglary in Maidstone Road
A burglary took place in Maidstone Road between 0001 on 16 November and 1200 on 17 November 2018. A variety
of power tools were stolen: Honda Hedge Cutter, Spear and Jackson chainsaw, Stihl Chainsaw, 2 x Bosch Hammer
drills. If you have any information, plese call 101, quoting crime reference 46/16924/18.
29 November 2018
Attempted burglary in Sandyhurst Lane
An attempted burglary took place in Sandyhurst Lane between 1240 and 2000 on 18 November 2018. Garage
doors were forced and damaged, but it is believed that no entry was gained and nothing was taken. If you have
any information, please call 101, quoting crime reference 46/13884/18.
22 October 2018
Theft from vehicle in Hothfield
Between 19.45 and 21.30 on 21 October a gold Range Rover in Maidstone Road, Hothfield was broken into by
breaking the rear side window. An HP laptop was stolen. If you have any information, please call 101, quoting
crime reference ZY/62883/18.
16 October 2018
Theft from vehicle in Kennington
Between 19.00 on 12 October and 07.00 on 13 October a white van in Guernsey Way, Kennington was broken into.
A superdry coat, safety trainers and 2 screwdrivers were stolen. If you have any information, plese call 101,
quoting crime reference ZY/61612/18.
3 September 2018
Theft from vehicle in Warren Lane
Between 12.30 and 13.00 on 2 September the side window of a silver Chrysler Grand Voyager was broken in
Warren Lane. A wallet, bank cards and driving licence were stolen. If you have any information, plese call 101,
quoting crime reference ZY/51790/18.
15 June 2018
Burglary in Kennington
Between 1945 and 1956 hours on 12 June, a property in Friesian Way, Kennington was burgled. A gold ruby ring
and keys to a vehicle were stolen. If you have any information which may be useful to the investigation of this
incident please call 101 and quote crime report number - ZY/033388/18.
11 June 2018
Theft of scooter in Kennington
A silver Yamaha XC123 scooter, parked outside the owner's property, was stolen from Hurst Road, Kennington
between 0800 on 8 June and 1120 on 9 June 2018. If you have any information, plese call 101, quoting crime
6 June 2018
Theft from garage in Kennington
A Qualcast strimmer was stolen from a locked garage at the Trinity Road end of Hurst Road, Kennington,
between 15.45 and 16.00 on 5 June. If you have any information, please call 101, quoting reference
5 June 2018
Vandalsm near Sandyacres
We have received the following message from a member living near Sandyacres:
Just to report an act of serious vandalism yesterday just after 3pm (Monday 4th June). 3 youths aged 15/16 on
BMX bikes were seen trying to destroy the footpath lights at the cycleway entrance to Sandyacres in full view.
When challenged having completely destroyed one light they gave a lot of verbal and threatening abuse and
threw the very heavy light top towards the man who tried to stop them but it just fell in the road. The incident
was reported to the police.
Please keep a look out for, and report to the police, any repetition.
2 June 2018
Burglary in Westwell
The police have notified us of the following crime (burglary) which occurred in the centre of Westwell village last
Between 1430 and 1500 hours on 29th May a property in Westwell Lane, Westwell was burgled when x2 Dell
laptops, x2 Sony TV, x2 Jewellery c/w jewellery and a money box were taken. The possible suspects are two
slim males using small white van.
We have also had a report from another resident in the village stating that:
“I think I can describe them as they came round here the same day, apparently planning something similar. I was
in my study around 3 pm when a small and ugly white van or estate drove in through the gates. There were two
young men in it dressed in high vis jackets, who when they saw me asked if I knew some property in the village I
had never heard of before. I told them that no such place existed, and was about to ask why they had driven into
my property, but before I could do so they smartly reversed out of the drive and sped off”.
If you saw anything suspicious during the week please report it to the police by phoning 101 and using Crime
Reference No: ZY 29790.
10 April 2018
Theft from van in Kennington
On the 9th April between the hours of 0530 and 0600, the passenger window was broken and tools taken from a
van parked in Towers View, Kennington. Items taken include a disc cutter, Makita demolition breaker and a 9”
angle grinder. If you have any information which may be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101
and quote crime report number - ZY/18019/18.
7 February 2018
BMW owners urged to be vigilant
Kent Police is urging BMW owners to be vigilant after four thefts from cars were reported in the Godinton Park
area of Ashford in the space of 48 hours. A steering wheel was stolen from a BMW convertible parked in Sweet
Bay Crescent in the early hours of Monday 5 February 2018. A dashboard, steering wheel, dashcam and onboard
computer were stolen from a BMW parked in Sweet Bay Crescent overnight between Monday 5 and Tuesday 6
February 2018. The same night a steering wheel, satnav system and a stereo were stolen from a BMW in Sweet
Bay Crescent and a centre console, steering wheel and golf clubs were stolen from a BMW parked in nearby
Sergeant Jasmine Bloomfield of the Ashford Community Safety Unit said: ‘Similar thefts have been reported in
north and west Kent and we will be working closely with our colleagues in other areas so that we can identify the
culprits as swiftly as possible'.
‘In the meantime we ask residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to call 101 or 999 if a
crime is in progress'.
‘We also urge car owners in the Godinton Park area, particularly those with BMWs, to park their cars in a well-lit
place, on a driveway or in a garage overnight if possible.’
Police have issued descriptions of two men they would like to speak to. One is described as being tall and
wearing a long coat and a baseball cap. The other is described as shorter and was wearing a beanie hat and a
Sergeant Bloomfield said: ‘We would also like to hear from anyone who has been offered BMW parts for sale.’
If you can help, please phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111
quoting crime reference number ZY/6033/18.
23 January 2018
Theft from car in Sainsburys car park
A theft from a motor vehicle has occurred in the car park of Sainsbury’s in Simone Weil Avenue, Ashford between
the times of 0945 hours on the 22nd January and 1415 hours on the same day. The index plates were removed
and stolen displaying GJ62 FHO. If you have any information which may be useful to the investigation of this
incident please call 101 and quote crime report number ZY/3642/18.
19 January 2018
New online crime reporting trial
Kent Police are running a pilot scheme for online reporting of non-emergency crimes and incidents as an
alternative to calling 101. Once submitted, a reference number and copy of the report is sent to the person
12 January 2018
Attempted burglary in Kennington
An attempted burglary of a dwelling occurred in the Towers View area of Ashford between the times of 0300
hours on the 11th January and 0310 hours on the same day. Damage only. If you have any information which may
be useful to the investigation of this incident please call 101 and quote crime report number - ZY/1605/18.
10 January 2018
Message from Kent Police & Crime Commissioner
We have received the following message from the Kent Police & Crime Commissioner:
Boosting Kent’s frontline - up to 200 more Police Officers and 80 more Police staff
Today I am announcing my draft funding proposals for Kent Police for 2018/19.
Over the past year, I have continued touring the county and speaking with local residents, community groups,
businesses and charities to seek their views on Policing in Kent and Medway. I have spent time with the Police
Officers, staff and volunteers serving on the frontline to hear their experiences too.
There is no doubt that Policing remains under pressure. There are ever-increasing numbers of calls to respond to,
many of which are more complex and a growing number of which are not criminal in nature - such as support for
vulnerable people in mental health crisis. All of this comes whilst Britain’s threat level for international terrorism
Despite all of this, Kent Police has been among the top-rated Forces in the country in independent inspections for
efficiency, effectiveness and legitimacy in 2016 and 2017. They have been deemed “Good” or “Outstanding” in
every assessment, bar one. Police Officer numbers have risen since I was elected and PCSO numbers have also
been protected. Antisocial behaviour is down 11%. There is a new cyber-crime team and the Volunteer Police
Cadets programme is back. I'm investing more in services for victims of crime and together we have fixed the
firearms licensing backlog.
The Government has listened to the views of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and increased funding for
counter terrorism by £50m and will be investing a further £130m in other national Policing schemes. In order to
support local Policing, the Home Office has allowed PCCs to increase the council tax precept by £1 a month for
an average household, which could raise up to £270m nationally. Together, this represents slightly more than the
amount PCCs said we needed next year.
Taking into consideration the views of residents, community groups, businesses, and the operational needs of
Policing in Kent, I am pleased to be proposing the biggest Kent Police recruitment drive for a considerable time.
In laying out my proposal I am empowering the Chief Constable to recruit up to 200 additional Police Officers in
the next year. These will go into boosting a number of areas, including rural and roads policing, local
communities, fighting cyber-crime and providing greater public protection, and will take the total number of
Police Officers in Kent to its highest level since 2012.
In addition to this, I have listened to residents’ views about crime reporting, and so there will be a boost in the
number of call handlers answering 999 and 101 calls, so that people can get help quicker and more information
can be provided to the Police. This will be alongside the new online reporting service, which is available for
certain issues for those who wish to use it. There will be over 80 new police staff roles that will cover this, as
well as other areas of Policing.
This will be funded in four ways:
• I am asking residents to contribute the equivalent of an additional £1 per month from an average household
towards the cost of Policing in Kent. This is not a request I am making lightly but is something I believe is
necessary to keep Kent safe.
• I have reviewed Kent Police’s proposals for over £9m of cost savings and believe that, as they will have a
minimal impact on the frontline, they should be delivered. There should be no excuse for using extra council tax
to prop up inefficient practices and where better value for money can be delivered, it should be. This will help
mitigate the pressures of pay and inflation.
• I am cutting the cost of my own office by £200,000 and re-investing this money in the frontline. I already
provide extra money from my budget for Kent Police projects, such as the Volunteer Police Cadets and mental
health workers in the Force Control Room.
• I am authorising the use of a further £5m of Kent Police’s reserves over three years, should it be required, to
support the recruitment drive.
There will also be other opportunities to increase Police Officer numbers and improve services further. The Police
Transformation Fund, worth £175m, has been made available by the Government for new projects that reform
the way that Forces operate and I will encourage more bids to access some of this money. I will also continue to
drive collaboration with police colleagues and other agencies to make best use of property and improve delivery.
This is an ambitious proposal. It will mean that residents get something back for the tax that they pay and value
for money in what is spent in their name. It boosts Policing in Kent in urban and rural areas in the fight against
antisocial behaviour, organised crime, fraud and cyber-crime, domestic abuse and road traffic offences. Victims
will get a better service when they have been subject to heinous acts and more criminals will be brought to
I hope that you will support this vital boost. Please email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
by 27 January. The proposed precept rise will then go to the Kent and Medway Police and Crime Panel for its
approval on 8 February.