Three people have been arrested after extra police were brought into Folkestone to tackle shoplifting. Plain clothes and uniformed officers from the town’s Community Safety Unit carried out patrols in the town centre on Wednesday 8 May 2024, in co-ordination with shops in Folkestone to deter and detain potential thieves.

During patrols, officers spotted a man who was wanted for stealing steaks from a supermarket in April. The 37-year-old was quickly arrested and later charged with theft and assaulting an emergency worker before being sent to court the following day.

A 28-year-old man who was wanted for failing to comply with his probation requirements was seen in Folkestone, arrested and sent to court.

Three people were also stopped and searched, leading to a 31-year-old woman being arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine. Another person was given a community resolution for possession of cannabis.

An eight-year-old girl caught shoplifting cosmetics was also spoken to in the presence of her family and made to return the items.

During the day, officers visited and spoke to shop staff, providing crime prevention advice and hearing any concerns.

Detective Inspector James Wyles, of Folkestone Community Safety Unit, said:

‘It was good to hear from businesses around the town, picking up information that will help us in future and providing advice to prevent thefts.

‘The extra officers deployed led to the arrest of one suspected shoplifter and the increased presence also saw two others arrested for separate offences.

‘We’ll continue operations of this kind to protect local shops and keep the town centre the safe and vibrant place it is.’

By Ed

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