Residents are being reminded of the steps to take to deter burglars after a man from Tonbridge was charged in connection with a series of break-ins during one day.

Possessions including a bank card, passport and tools were stolen on Saturday 25 June 2022, after burglaries at two properties near Furnace Lane, Horsmonden and an address off School Hill, Lamberhurst.

Michael Cherry, of no fixed address was arrested on Monday 27 June and charged with three counts of burglary. He was further charged with an offence of stalking and with possessing cocaine.

On Tuesday 28 June, Cherry appeared before Medway Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded not guilty to one of the burglary offences but admitted all other charges. The 35-year-old was remanded in custody until his next hearing, which will take place at Maidstone Crown Court on 26 July. 

Officers are reminding residents of important advice to keep homes safe and secure during the summer months, when properties are often left unoccupied for longer periods. There are a number of simple steps which can be taken to deter thieves, including ensuring all windows are locked when not at home and installing a burglar alarm.

Residents should ensure they remember to ‘lift and lock’ before leaving their addresses. This tip applies to UPVC doors where handles are sometimes lifted but keys have not been used to properly lock the door.


  • Remove keys, cash and expensive items from view.
  • Use timer switches on lights and radios to make your home appear occupied.
  • Lock away tools and garden items that could be stolen or used to break into properties.
  • Security mark items such as bikes, mobile phones and laptops.
  • Keep receipts and make a note of serial numbers for expensive items.

By Ed

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