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Gravesend trio jailed for spree of fuel thefts across north Kent

PUBLISHED: 10:18 11 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:18 11 April 2016

CCTV footage of the group stealing fuel

CCTV footage of the group stealing fuel

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Two were also banned from driving for two years

Nathan Peter PreslandNathan Peter Presland

Three men in their early twenties have been jailed after stealing fuel more than 70 times across Kent.

Reece Blackston, 23 of Longfield Road, 22-year-old Nathan Peter Presland of Rochester Road and Gavin Blackston, 26, Trafalgar Road all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft.

The men used 14 different cars during their thefts, which spread across Sevenoaks, Gillingham, Gravesend, Sittingbourne and Sheerness.

The group loaded various cars with empty containers, and would fill the containers through the window of each car.

Gavin BlackstonGavin Blackston

Every time, the group left without paying, blocking their activity and even blacking-out their license plates with tape.

Gavin Blackston admitted 62 offences and was jailed for 29 months.

Reece Blackston admitted 50 offences and was sentenced to 25 months.

Presland admitted 12 and will spend 25 months in prison.

Reece BlackstonReece Blackston

Both Gavin Blackston and Presland pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and were banned from driving for two years.

Detective sergeant Paul Fewtrell said: “This was a complex investigation with dozens of crimes committed across several districts in Kent within five months.

“On three occasions during the investigation Gavin Blackston and Presland failed to stop for police after committing an offence. All three men were arrested while detectives continued to build a strong case of evidence.

“While enquiries continued the men were bailed, yet they continued to think they were above the law.”

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