Police sting nets 26 across north Kent

PUBLISHED: 10:14 14 April 2011

Op Pledge police raids in north Kent

Op Pledge police raids in north Kent


»Twenty-six people have been arrested and several charged following a massive police operation targeting criminals suspected of carrying out burglaries, drug offences and thefts.

Raids and stop checks were staged by Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate across north Kent, the rest of the county and neighbouring Essex on Wednesday under Operation Pledge.

Offenders targeted in Dartford and Gravesend included those suspected of vehicle and metal theft and handling stolen goods.

Chief Superintendent Mark Powell said: “Our activities across Dartford and Gravesham were very successful.”

Scrapyards were visited to identify incidents of metal theft. Patrol officers and neighbourhood teams conducted high-visibility reassurance patrolling of ‘hot-spot’ crime areas.

Road checks were implemented at targeted locations where officers worked alongside Kent Police motorcycle unit. It was the second large-scale day of action co-ordinated by the team since its formation in June 2010.

While many of those held were released on police bail, others were charged and are expected to appear at Dartford Magistrates Court on April 20.

They include Martin Back, 19, of Park Avenue, Gravesend, charged with breach of bail conditions and vehicle interference, Artem Molotkov, 26, of All Saints Road, Northfleet, on disqualified driving, driving without insurance and without a licence charges and Wesley Girdler, 28, of Barker House, Kingswood Estate, Dulwich, charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.

Due at Maidstone Crown Court on a date to be fixed are Femi Ajala, 46, of Grieves Road, Gravesend, on suspicion of possessing a false passport, and charged with a number of fraud offences, and William O’Reilly, 19, of Valley Drive, Gravesend, arrested on a warrant without bail and remanded in custody.

Two teenagers who can not be named also face court.

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