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Local officers in Tunbridge Wells have been targeting those suspected of thefts and opportunist crime in the town.

On Saturday 21 October 2023, bottles of spirits worth £130 were reported stolen from Sainsbury’s in Linden Park Road.

Kent Police was also contacted about an attempted theft of clothing at Marks and Spencer in Calverley Road on Tuesday 31 October. The items were valued at £570. A man was challenged by a security guard and left the premises.

On the following day, two parcels that had been left by a delivery company at separate addresses in Newton Road, were reported stolen.

Officers from the town’s neighbourhood policing team completed enquiries into all four incidents and on Saturday 4 November made an arrest.

A man from Tunbridge Wells was charged on Sunday 5 November by investigators from the West Kent Victim Based Crime Team, with three thefts and one attempted theft.

The 44-year-old was remanded in custody to appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Monday 6 November.

By Ed

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