Two suspected shoplifters have been arrested and charged after proactive patrols stopped their vehicle in the Tonbridge area.

The enforcement led to the seizure of alleged stolen goods worth almost £1,000.

Between 11.45am and 1.30pm on Tuesday 1 November 2023, Kent Police was called to a number of reports of theft from stores in the Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells area. It is reported large quantities of items including groceries, alcohol, and candles were stolen.

Officers stopped a vehicle suspected to be involved in the incidents in Maidstone Road, Hadlow, at around 1.30pm.

A man aged 43 from Maidstone, and a 44-year-old man from Sutton Valence, were later charged with four counts each of theft from a shop. A 23-year-old man from Maidstone was released without charge.

The pair are due to appear before Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Friday 1 December.

By Ed

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