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Eighteen arrested in North Kent raids

PUBLISHED: 15:11 19 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:11 19 April 2013

Eighteen people were arrested following early morning raids by police in North Kent on Wednesday.

More than £16,000 was seized along with thousands of pounds worth of drugs as Kent Police targeted burglary and vehicle crime in Dartford and Gravesend as well as Medway and Swale.

Sixty officers from across the county swooped down on the suspects as part of Operation Castle – the force-wide three-month campaign to reduce burglary and vehicle crime.

Det Ch Insp Ann Lisseman, who coordinated the operation, said: “The focus of this operation was to disrupt and deter drug dealing and supply linked to burglary and vehicle crime in the north division.

“Burglary is an incredibly intrusive and distressing crime for the victims but the reasons behind it are often linked to drugs, so by cracking down on dealing throughout the division and targeting those who make profits from it, we send a clear message to others that at some stage they too will be targeted by Kent Police.

“While Kent Police is here to serve and protect the community, we ask for the public to remain vigilant and to report anything or anybody suspicious directly to us by calling 999 if a crime is in progress or life in danger, or 101 if it is not an emergency.

“Alternatively, call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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