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Ravers from Gillingham and Chatham arrested at Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone after Kent Police raid

By Medway Messenger reporter

Ravers from Medway were arrested for drug offences and assault after a police raid.

Officers searched dozens of people at an all-night music event at Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone as part of a drugs crackdown in the town.

The Leas Cliff Hall
The Leas Cliff Hall

Community beat teams were joined by two drugs dogs and their handlers, the drugs liaison officer and four trainee police officers who have recently been recruited.

After a training exercise at the Park Inn in Radnor Park Road, the officers carried out checks at Folkestone Central Station and then moved on to the Leas Cliff Hall.

Five men were dealt with at the venue for possessing Class A drugs.

Among them was a 21-year-old man from Chatham who was arrested for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. He was released on bail until May 23 while officers make further enquiries.

A 20-year-old man from Gillingham was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a man on the dance floor and possession of Class A drugs. He was released on bail until June 25.

PC Chris Stephens, Licensing Officer, said: "We’ve seen from previous events that drug-use can lead to hospital admissions and is also associated with violence and other crime.

"We work closely with licensees to ensure people can socialise safely and not have their enjoyment ruined by a minority of people who engage with the illegal supply of drugs.

"We run these operations to support the licensees and reassure the public, and to disrupt the supply and use of drugs."

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