23 arrested as Operation Illinois hits Gravesend and Dartford
PUBLISHED: 09:38 27 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:38 27 February 2014
Dawn raids by British Transport Police took place across Dartford and Gravesend on Wednesday to crack down on thieves operating on the railway network.
Twenty-three people were arrested in the raids - called Operation Illinois - which also covered areas of Chatham and Gillingham.
Superintendent Jason Bunyard, of British Transport Police, said: “The operation targeted individuals suspected of stealing property from passengers travelling on late night trains from London towards Kent and Sussex.
“Theft not only has a financial impact on a victim but can affect them emotionally too.”
Detective Chief Inspector Ann Lisseman, who leads Kent Police’s burglary and vehicle crime unit in north Kent, added: “This was a significant operation between Kent Police and the British Transport Police, targeting offenders suspected to have been involved in theft on trains from London into the county.”
Operation Illinois involved 140 BTP officers and 75 Kent Police officers, targeting 20 addresses.