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Rochester man arrested after vehicle thefts in Medway and Aylesford

Kent PoliceA Medway man was one of four arrested by detectives investigating the thefts of vans and tipper trucks in the county.

Police arrested the men after a number of vehicles were stolen across Medway and in the Aylesford area in December and January.

The vehicles were stolen between December 19 and January 10, and on that evening, following an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera activation, two vehicles were stopped on the M25 near Orpington.

The men inside, a 27-year-old from Middlesex, a 34-year-old from Rochester, a 25-year-old from Croydon and a 66-year-old from Southwark, were all arrested on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle.

They were questioned by officers and later released on bail pending further inquiries, until March 5.

DC Raj Dusanjh, investigating officer said: “Many of the vans that have been targeted have had valuables such as tools or building supplies in them.

"With the four arrests we have made our investigation is making good progress, but I would encourage people to remove all valuables from their vehicles before leaving them unattended.

“Where possible, owners should leave their vehicles in a garage, or a secure car park or well lit area to deter thieves.”

For more information about protecting your vehicle, visit www.kent.police.uk/yourguide

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