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Man arrested after police car vandalised in Azalea Drive, Swanley

By John Nurden

A man has been arrested after a police car was vandalised while officers searched for a high-risk missing person.

The patrol car was covered in paint in Swanley and had to be taken out of use.

A Kent Police tweet said: "During vital enquiries today to locate a high risk missing person in Swanley, our patrols returned to their car to find this.

The vandalised police car. Picture: Kent Police
The vandalised police car. Picture: Kent Police

"The car is now off the road. That’s one less car to patrol our community and respond to 999 calls."

The incident is believed to have happened yesterday afternoon.

At 4am this morning police arrested a man in Swanley for criminal damage and breaching a court order.

A police spokesman said: "While he is in our cells he is helping us with enquiries into the unacceptable vandalism of our police car that was damaged in Azalea Drive."

Police say the missing person was later found safe and well with help from CCTV cameras and police patrols from Tunbridge Wells.

If you see any criminal behaviour, call 101.

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