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Police appeal for CCTV after theft from car in Orchard Heights, Ashford

A man was arrested following reports of people trying car handles.

Kent Police was called to the Orchard Heights estate area in Ashford after residents reported suspicious activity near a number of vehicles shortly before 2am today (Thursday).

Police need witnesses in Ashford's Orchard Heights area
Police need witnesses in Ashford's Orchard Heights area

While carrying out enquiries, patrols from the Local Policing Team stopped a man they had seen running near Chart Road.

A bag was recovered nearby, which contained items including phone chargers, cables and dash cams.

A 39-year-old man from Ashford was arrested on suspicion of interfering with a vehicle and stealing from a vehicle. He was placed in custody this evening while enquiries continue.

Insp Simon Johnson, of Ashford Community Safety Unit, said: ‘We would like to hear from anyone who has private CCTV or dash cam footage in the Orchard Heights estate as it could help us with the investigation."

Insp Johnson reminded people not to leave anything on display, or any valuables, in their cars while unattended.

He added: "Make sure your vehicles are locked before you leave them and try your door handles to check they are secure, so any potential passing thieves don’t get lucky instead.

"Officers are working to reunite the recovered goods to the owners but if you suspect you have been a victim of theft, please report it using 101 or via our website so officers can look into it."

Witnesses to the Orchard Heights incident should call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting the reference number 46/248630/21.

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