Two suspected thieves have been arrested following the attempted theft of cooking oil in New Romney.

Kent Police was called at 6.55am on Monday 30 May 2022 following a report that two men had been seen trying to steal the oil from a premises in Dymchurch Road.

It was reported that the men had then been seen jumping a fence and leaving the area in a white van.

Officers from Folkestone and Hythe Local Policing Team attended the area and a van matching the description was traced and stopped.

A 50-year-old man and a 30-year-old man, both from north London, were arrested on suspicion of theft and since have been released under investigation.

Enquiries are also under way into whether the incident is linked to two other cooking oil thefts in the area.

Detective Inspector Sheena Barrell, of Folkestone and Hythe Community Safety Unit, said: ‘We advise any business which stores cooking oil to review their security arrangements to ensure it does not attract the attention of thieves.

‘Ensure that any alarm system and CCTV cameras are fully operational with staff trained to review and download footage. This will not only deter thieves but also make it is easier to recover stolen goods and identify offenders.

‘We also advise that areas around the business are well-lit and wheelie bins are stored away, to prevent them being used to access buildings or scale fences.’

By Ed

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