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Two charged with murder

Kent Police has charged two women with murder after a man died at Capel-le-Ferne this week. A 22-year-old woman from Aylesham and a 21-year-old woman from Dover have been accused of killing a 30-year-old man. His body was discovered on Wednesday 10 April.


Crime down – and we’re working to keep it that way

Crime is continuing to fall in Dover. Figures for the end of the financial year show that there were 583 fewer crimes reported between April 2012 and March 2013 compared to the previous year, a fall of 9.4%. However, officers are not being complacent and are working hard to keep crime down.

One area to see a slight increase has been burglary which rose by 73 offences during the year. But this is still much lower than the national average. In response, twenty five suspects were arrested for burglary-related offences in Dover district, between February and March. During April, officers worked to increase high-visibility patrols, provide crime prevention advice and crack down on the distribution of stolen property.


Three arrests in one night as rural crime operation gets underway

Officers in Dover district are working with the rural community on operations to target thefts from farms and out-buildings. Thieves can be attracted to high value equipment and machinery and also target oil to steal. Three arrests were made in one night alone and further operations are planned. Farm and landowners are being encouraged to join ‘Country Eye’, the rural version of Neighbourhood Watch. For more information on Country Eye visit our Kent Police page.


Talk to your local officers

Come along to one of our public meetings over the next two weeks to chat with your neighbourhood officers about any policing issues where you live:

Friday 19 April: 2.30pm-3.30pm at Farmers’ Market, St Peters Church, Aylesham; 2pm-2.45pm at Ash Village Hall, Library room

Monday 22 April: 1pm-3pm at Blossom Children’s’ Centre, Mill Hill ward

Tuesday 23 April: 10am-11am at The Old Park Community Centre, Gordon Road, Whitfield

Wednesday 24 April: 2pm-3pm at Clarendon & Westbury Community Association Hall, Belgrave Road, Dover

Friday 26 April: 3pm-3.45pm at Village Green hut, Church Street, Eastry; 4pm-5pm at Triangles Community Centre, Poulton Close, Dover (neighbourhood panel meeting)

Find details of future meetings in your area, by visiting your ward page. Enter your postcode into the neighbourhood search.


Justice Seen, Justice Done

A 43-year-old woman from Dover has been sentenced to 56 days in prison, suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty to drink driving following an incident on 7 March 2013. The woman has been disqualified from driving for three years, must pay a total of £165 in costs and have treatment for alcohol dependency.

A 22-year-old man from Dover has been sentenced to 360 days in prison, suspended for 24 months, after pleading not guilty to theft and one charge of shoplifting, and pleading guilty to a further count of shoplifting. The man has also been ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months, pay a total of £1,914 in compensation, take part in education, training and employment for six days and have treatment for drug dependency.

A 26-year-old man from Dover has been sentenced to 60 days in prison, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to criminal damage and failing to surrender to police/court bail. The man has been ordered to have treatment for his drug dependency and pay £600 in compensation and an £80 victim surcharge.

For more details of some of those brought before the magistrates’ courts recently, visit the Justice Seen Justice Done section on our website – www.kent.police.uk/justice


Stay Safe: Protect your home and your valuables

Whether you are going out, working in the garden or going to bed, be sure to close and lock all doors and windows to reduce opportunities for burglars. Keep valuables such as car keys, cash and handbags away from windows and doors where they could be spotted by thieves, and secure your shed or garage to protect expensive tools, bikes and garden equipment. Security lights and alarms around your property can also help deter unwanted visitors.

Don’t tempt thieves: Close it, Lock it, Protect it.

For more seasonal safety advice visit www.kent.police.uk/spring


Round up of Operation Castle – Kent’s crackdown on crime

Operation Castle, Kent Police’s major three month long crackdown on burglary and vehicle crime, has finished on a high note. During the operation, 173 warrants were executed and 373 people were arrested, of which 155 people were charged and 43 people (who were arrested for an outstanding warrant) also went to court. Most of the remainder of those arrested have been bailed pending further enquiries.


Take action against bogus callers and rogue traders

Most people who call or visit your home will be genuine, but occasionally, bogus callers and rogue traders may try to access your property to steal money or belongings, or to sell you services you don’t need at inflated prices.

Remember: always check a caller’s identification and never leave your door unattended. If you have any doubts, keep them out. You can report rogue traders to Trading Standards via the Citizen Advice Consumer Service on 08454 040506. To report a non-urgent crime, call Kent Police on 101.

Download ‘Your guide to dealing with bogus callers for more advice.


Contacting Kent Police

Remember, you can contact Kent Police on 101 to report a non-urgent crime or contact your local officer. You should only call 999 in an emergency, when a crime is in progress or life is in danger.

For more information visit www.kent.police.uk/101


National Stalking Awareness Day – Thursday 18 April 2013

On the 25th of November 2012, changes were made to UK law to make stalking a criminal offence. This year’s National Stalking Awareness Day will promote these changes, and remind victims of stalking that help and support is available. For information or advice, call the National Stalking Helpline on 0808 802 0300 or email advice@stalkinghelpline.org

Are you are affected by a stalker? Know someone else who is? Read our blog this week for useful information about diary logs, types of stalking, what you should and shouldn’t do, how to report stalking and how to access help and support.


Appeals in Kent: Can you help?

Visit the new appeals section of our website to see photos, CCTV and computer-generated images of people Kent Police would like to identify, as well as recent appeals for information across the county.