Five people have been arrested and suspected stolen fuel seized after police stopped two vehicles in Deal and Sandwich.

A suspicious car was reported to have left Thanet at around 1am on Tuesday 5 March 2024. Officers tracked it to Deal, where it was thought to be travelling in convoy with a van that was also of interest to police.

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Assortment of fuel-filled containers recovered from the van

The van was made to stop by patrols in Mongeham Road, Great Mongeham and two men, aged 43 and 36, were detained following a search of the vehicle. Officers recovered an assortment of fuel-filled containers from the van, along with tools and torches that the men were carrying.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of burglary and going equipped to steal. The 43-year-old was further arrested on suspicion of possession of a class A drug, after being found with a white powder. The car was later stopped by patrols near Discovery Park in Sandwich and, following a search of the vehicle, officers recovered two bags of tools, drills and a trolley jack.

Two men, aged 55 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of theft and going equipped to steal, while a 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of theft. All five remain in custody while the investigation continues.

By Ed

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