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Shoplifting in Tonbridge, assaulting a police officer and drink-driving in Tunbridge Wells

Shoplifting, an assault on a police officer and a woman caught drink driving - here's a roundup of the people in your area who have been sentenced this week.

A shoplifter has been sentenced to two weeks in prison after stealing a vacuum cleaner and groceries worth £377.45 from a supermarket in Tonbridge.

Jack Lee, 46, from Quinton Road, Sittingbourne, pleaded guilty to the theft at Sainsbury’s in Angel Lane.

Police have arrested the suspect. Stock image
Police have arrested the suspect. Stock image

Magistrates sentenced Lee to 14 days in prison and he must also pay an £80 victim surcharge.

Meanwhile, a teenager who assaulted a police officer and a member of the public has been fined and ordered to carry out unpaid work.

Benjamin Taylor, 19, of Heatherwood Close, Maidstone, assaulted a man and used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards him at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Pembury.

He also assaulted a police officer.

The Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury
The Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury

Taylor pleaded guilty to the crimes as well as to failing to surrender to court bail.

He must carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the next 12 months and pay £100 compensation, £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

Finally, a 40-year-old has been banned from driving after being caught more than twice over the legal alcohol limit in Tunbridge Wells.

Diana-Petruta Radu, of St James’ Road in the town, was driving a Citroen C3 in Mount Pleasant Road when she was stopped by police and gave a breath test of 87mgs of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35.

She pleaded guilty and was banned from driving for 18 months and ordered to pay a total of £470.

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