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More police patrols around the clock have been drafted in to the village of Yalding to reassure people whose flood-hit homes are vulnerable

31 December 2013

Extra police have been drafted in to the flood-hit village of Yalding near Maidstone amid fears of looting.

Although there has not been any incidents of theft, officers were brought in to reassure residents that their properties were safe, as several are still in temporary accommodation.

Yalding was one of the worst places to be hit in the recent floods

Yalding was one of the worst places to be hit in the recent floods

An increased police presence has been brought in overnight and PCSOs are patrolling during the day, as the clean-up operation begins after the village was submerged by flood waters at Christmas.

Chief Supt Steve Corbishley, West Division Commander, said: "It is absolutely despicable that people might target local residents who have gone through such a traumatic experience."

The local concerns were raised after suspicious vehicles were seen in the area, although both were found to be legitimate.

 

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