Home   Tunbridge Wells   News   Article

Arrest after police seize tens of thousands of bottles of wine

By Jade Edwards

A man has been arrested after tens of thousands of bottles of wine, and flat screen televisions, were seized by police from warehouses in Horsmonden and Brenchley.

Officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit have also recovered shipments of marble tiles and air conditioning units, as part of an investigation into an alleged conspiracy to defraud a number of foreign businesses.

It is reported that fraudulent orders have been made to at least 20 companies, based outside of the UK.

A man has been arrested. Stock image

A man has been arrested. Stock image

Victims complained after goods had been dispatched but no payments were received.

On Thursday, July 20, police searched a warehouse in Goudhurst Road, Horsmonden, and a second premises in Tibbs Court Lane, Brenchley.

In total officers seized 217 pallets of goods, filling four HGV lorries. A process to identify items recovered from these storage areas is ongoing.

A 26-year-old man from Horsmonden has been arrested in connection with the investigation and has been bailed, pending further inquiries, until August 17.  

DI Annie Clayton said: "We have received multiple complaints from victims who have alleged they have lost goods due to fraud and that these goods were delivered to storage facilities in west Kent - which have now been searched.

"This is a complex investigation, which is being assisted by our partners at Interpol and the Metropolitan Police and which has so far resulted in the recovery of vast amounts of property we believe has been obtained by fraudulent means. 

"The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate is committed to tackling those who facilitate organised crime in Kent and we are investigating allegations, which are on a very significant scale."

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More