Charges for those arrested in Gravesend, Northfleet and Bean raids

PUBLISHED: 09:32 08 April 2011

Armand Meguer fell from the Sun Alliance building in London Road, Bromley

Armand Meguer fell from the Sun Alliance building in London Road, Bromley


Police have charged 12 people in the county following a series of co-ordinated raids across Kent and Essex which saw 103 arrested in a two day operation.

Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate officers executed warrants on Wednesday and Thursday targeting those involved in a wide variety of crimes as part of Operation Zinc II. They included burglary and other theft related offences such as vehicle and metal theft, handling stolen goods, and drug supply at all levels from street dealers to suppliers.

Martin Back, 24, of Park Place, Gravesend, has been charged with interfering/tampering with a motor vehicle and bailed to court to appear on April 20.

Artem Molotkov, 26, of All Saints Road, Northfleet, charged with driving whilst disqualified and bailed to court.

A 17-year-old man, of Bean, has been charged with theft from a motor vehicle and bailed to court.

Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Wilson, who leads the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Operation Zinc II has achieved exactly what we set out to do. We wanted to bring to justice those individuals who make other people’s lives a misery through their illegal behaviour.

“It is extremely unfair when a small minority have such a negative effect on a community through crimes like thefts and burglaries, and drug offences.”

Others from Rainham, Gillingham, Strood and Canterbury were also charged.

In addition to those from Kent, 26 people have been bailed, a further 12 people were not charge, three received cautions, one person received a final warning and 11 have still to be dealt with.

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