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11 men charged after police uncover cannabis factory in Folkestone following roof top drama

A group of 11 men have been charged following an early morning disturbance earlier this week, which saw two men tasered by officers.

The incident happened in the Bradstone Road area, in Folkestone, at around 1am yesterday and led police to uncovering a cannabis farm at a property in the road.

Police made inquiries in New Street, Folkestone, following the incident

Inquiries remain ongoing, however, a large group of people have since been charged with conspiring to produce cannabis.

Emergency crews, which also included the fire service and National Police Air Service helicopter, descended on the road in the early hours following reports of a robbery and a disturbance at a house.

Two people were seen climbing on to the roof of the property, while others tried to flee the scene.

At one point up to 10 police cars were said to be at the incident, as well as armed officers who tasered two men.

Police were still at the scene 12 hours after the call out. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Police were still at the scene 12 hours after the call out. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Fire crews assisted patrols in getting two men down from the roof.

As the search for those involved continued in the air, people living in neighbouring properties were asked to stay inside their homes.

One witness compared the night time seize to sounding 'like World War Three'.

Another said: "We heard a lot of shouting from the police.

"It sounded like they were trying to get someone to come out of the surrounding building, it went on for ages.

Scene of a police incident in New Street, Folkestone. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Scene of a police incident in New Street, Folkestone. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"Then officers with shields and firearms also turned up. Then a big van turned up and took someone away."

Someone else said: "I watched the whole thing from start to finish, about four hours. It was scary."

Jermaine Howard, 34 of Leyton, London, Kristjan Pilua, 27 of no fixed address, Scott Christmas, 27, of Buckhurst Hill, Essex, Taylor Wren, 24, and Michael Valentine, 33, both from Chingford, London were all charged.

Additionally, Michael Wright, 50, of Kensal Green, London, Martin Peagram, 27, of Loughton, Essex, Marcus Pixley, 24, of East Ham, London, Daniel Grey, 33, of Woodford Green, London, Ashley Lockhart, 39, of Ilford and Clark Fox, 28, from Nottingham were also charged.

Police spokesman Scarlett Drayson said: "The charged individuals have all been remanded in custody to appear at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 30 November."

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