Police swoop across North Kent to clamp down on criminals before Christmas
PUBLISHED: 16:24 15 December 2010 | UPDATED: 16:58 15 December 2010
POLICE have netted a range of criminals and a clutch of drink-drivers in a pre-Christmas purge.
The drunk drivers were among the first to be targeted in a new move by police to name, shame and deal with offenders within 24 hours in the pilot ‘virtual court’.
Police have already processed four people on suspicion of drink-driving in North Kent and Medway, since the campaign was launched
A police spokesman said: “People arrested and charged with the offence are usually bailed for 15 days, to appear at a local magistrates’ court but are still permitted to drive within this period.
But if they are dealt with by the virtual court they could be off the road within 24 hours.
Teja Benning, 60, of Chantry Court, Gravesend, was arrested on December 7 for being drunk in charge of a mobility scooter.He was ordered to pay £85 costs and given a 12-month conditional discharge.
Steven Gooch, 32, of Chancery Road, Cliffe, was arrested on December 4 in Rochester and later charged with driving whilst over the legal limit. He was bailed to attend North Kent Magistrates’ court on January 5.
Steven Pease, 22, of Rectory Meadow, Southfleet, was charged on December 7 and appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court the following day.
He was bailed to return to court on January 5. 2011.
Avtar Sahota, 39, of Hampton Crescent, Graavesend was arrested and charged on December 10. He appeared in the virtual court and was bailed to appear at North Kent Magistrates’ Court on January 7.
He was given an interim ban from driving until the court date so is not permitted to drive.
Meantime, dawn swoops by the new Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate led to a series of charges and court appearances in North Kent last week.
Katy Stafford, 31, of Temple Hill, Dartford, was charged with shoplifting, and bailed to magistrates’ court on December 22.
Danny Jarvis, 20, of Wallis Park, Northfleet, was charged with possession of cannabis, and bailed to magistrates’ court on December 22.
Also, Mark Driver, 38, of Burnham Road, Dartford, was charged with theft and was due to appear in court on December 10.
Tina Jones, 45, of Waterdales, Northfleet, was charged with shoplifting, and bailed to magistrates’ court on December 22.
Also, a 17-year-old was charged with shoplifting and a 20-year-old man was cautioned for stealing a bike.