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Man arrested over Staplehurst ram raid on SPAR shop released pending further investigation

A man arrested in connection with a ram raid on a convenience store has been released by detectives.

Police launched an investigation into the break-in at SPAR in Staplehurst on Tuesday morning after a car was reported to have driven into the shop front.

Firefighters were also called at around 1am after a Land Rover Discovery was found on fire in Jaggard Way.

A police dog was used to help officers arrest a 30-year-old man from Hurst Green, East Sussex, on suspicion of burglary and drink driving.

A spokesman for Kent Police has revealed he has been released pending further investigation.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information or who has CCTV or dashcam footage that may assist their investigation to call the appeal line on 01622 604100 quoting reference 46/46578/19.

Police at the scene of a suspected ram-raid in Staplehurst
Police at the scene of a suspected ram-raid in Staplehurst

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.

Damage of the shop included a broken metal shutter and fridges being pushed over, but thanks to the hard work of staff SPAR was reopened shortly before 2pm.

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