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Groceries stolen from doorstep deliveries as thieves target homes in Tunbridge Wells

A company that delivers groceries to doorsteps in West Kent says it is having to 'perform a juggling act' with its deliveries after several homes in one town have been targeted by thieves.

County Dairies says several items including milk, bread and eggs have been reported stolen from orders over the past two weeks in Tunbridge Wells.

Milk and other dairy items have been reported stolen. Picture: Jim Bell
Milk and other dairy items have been reported stolen. Picture: Jim Bell

Those that have been reported to police have taken place in Hilbert Road, Ravenswood Avenue, and St James Road, up until Monday July 6.

Owner of County Dairies, Humphrey White, said: "We have been moving our services about and doing everything we can by changing delivery times, putting the deliveries out of sight, and dropping off though back gates just to stop this from happening.

"It's really difficult at the moment because we've got customers who really need our services. A lot of people have joined us in the last two or three months because they're isolating and their children have organised the service for them because they have underlying health issues.

"There have been several times where we have had to go back and deliver because we can't leave our customers without food.

"Everyone wants the deliveries early so it's like we're performing a juggling act at the moment. We've had to rearrange how early we can do them, what areas we go to and when, and how we dodge these people who want to ruin it for everyone else.

"A lot of our customers have been vigilant and have talked to the police."

Kent Police says it is investigating 11 reported incidents of groceries being stolen from the doorsteps of properties in Tunbridge Wells.

Deliveries from Milk and More have also been affected.

A spokesperson for the company said: "We understand that this situation is causing frustration for our customers and we would advise them to report the crime to the police. Supporting our customers and the community is always our top priority, meaning we are happy to discuss with our customers if there is a safer place, where we can leave their delivery."

Inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should call Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/112577/20.

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