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Man pulled from river and arrested after police dog and helicopter search

A man was pulled out the water by police officers before being arrested following a dog and helicopter search.

At 2.55am yesterday police received a call about suspicious activity near a quad bike in Dickens Road, Maidstone.

Officers attended the scene where it was reported a Ford Transit van had left prior to their attendance.

Police dog Parker was on hand to track down two suspects (2021861)
Police dog Parker was on hand to track down two suspects (2021861)

The vehicle was subsequently found nearby and a search of the area was completed by local officers, a police dog and the police helicopter.

A man aged 25 and a 16-year-old boy, both from Chatham, were found on the river Medway towpath near Castle Dene.

Police helicopter. Stock picture (863663)
Police helicopter. Stock picture (863663)

The man entered the water and was helped out by officers and police dog Parker before being arrested on suspicion of theft, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

The teenager was arrested nearby on suspicion of theft and driving offences.

They were later bailed to return to the police station on June 12.

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