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Police hunt involving helicopter, cars and foot patrols in Gillingham

By Chris Hunter

Police have quashed rumours that a child snatch was at the heart of a police helicopter chase through Gillingham this afternoon.

Witnesses reported seeing police scouring streets and alleyways around Rosebery Road and Richmond Road, while the police helicopter hovered above.

Police vehicles on East Street, Gillingham

Police vehicles on East Street, Gillingham

Police vehicles including a van were also seen on East Street.

A Kent Police spokesman said the chase had begun when a car failed to stop for officers, who wanted to speak to the driver in connection with an ongoing investigation.

He said Facebook rumours, claiming it was the result of a child snatch, are untrue.  

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