News 3 June 2009

Penny Theatre assaultCCTV image released after Canterbury assault

Police have issued the CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an assault at the Penny Theatre in Northgate, Canterbury.
A 23-year-old student needed stitches after he was hit in the face with a glass at about 11.20pm on Thursday 9 April 2009.
If anyone recognises the man they are urged to contact Det Con Ron Smith on 01227 868296.

Canterbury teenager in court

A 16-year-old from Canterbury is due to appear before magistrates in the city today (Wednesday 3 June 2009) charged with assault.  The teenager was arrested after a man was assaulted outside the Run of the Mill pub in Sturry on Monday night (1 June 2009). The man was seen by ambulance staff but did not need hospital treatment.
The teenager is also charged with possessing cannabis, damaging a police car and possessing another person’s identity document (driving licence).

Beach hut burglar punished

A burglar who broke into a Tankerton beach hut and took a gas bottle and burner from another has been sentenced to a 40 hour community order.
Police were alerted by a beach hut owner after she found the wooden shutter forced and window broken at her property on Tankerton Slopes in March. Inside it appeared that someone had been sleeping there and she discovered a gas cylinder that belonged to a neighbouring hut owner.
Forensic investigation on a discarded beer bottle in the hut lead police to Anthony Taylor (29) of Beaconsfields, Seasalter, who appeared before magistrates in Canterbury  (22 May 2009)  and admitted the burglary.
As well as the community order Taylor must pay £60 costs and £10 compensation.
Graeme Downes, who works as a police community support officer in Tankerton, said: “Beach hut owners are frustrated by the damage caused to their property by a few individuals. This case demonstrates that where we have the evidence to do so the police will take action and put offenders before the court.”
If you are concerned about any policing issues in your community, contact your local neighbourhood officer. To find out who this is, visit and enter your postcode.
For more information on neighbourhood policing in the Whitstable area contact 01227 744732.

Motorcyclist warned by police

A motorcyclist who had been causing concern to residents in Canterbury has been warned by police that he risks having his machine taken away.
Residents in the Beaconsfield Road and St Michaels Road area had asked their police community support officer Gary Painter to help after the motorcyclist had been causing a nuisance riding noisily in the area.
Gary worked with the two members of East Kent’s police motorcycle unit who patrolled the area, spotted the rider and stopped him. The student was given a Section 59 notice that means that if he is caught again riding his motorcycle in an anti-social way in the next 12 months the machine can be seized by police. He also has to change the number plate and exhaust system of the motorcycle to ensure that they both meet legal requirements.
Gary explained: “Members of the local community had had enough and I am pleased that working with my colleagues in the motorcycle unit we have managed to restore a bit of piece and quiet to this area of Canterbury.”

Speeding motorists in Canterbury

The neighbourhood police team was out in the Barton ward are of Canterbury last Friday (29 May 2009) carrying out speed checks in response to concerns of local residents.
In New Dover Road two drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices for exceeding 50mph in a 40mph and 14 other drivers in New Dover Road, Littlebourne Road and Nackington Road received warnings for exceeding the speed limit.
Nearly 300 drivers, however, were driving within the speed limit during the road checks.

Stolen bicycle returned

A cycling swimmer in Whistable has been reunited with her bike thanks to the town’s neighbourhood police team.
The woman came out of the town’s pool just after 8pm on Friday 22 May and found that her bike had been stolen from the car park. She was able to report the theft immediately to PCs Andy Camp and Steve Pope who were on patrol on the seafront looking out for those drinking under age.
Fifteen minutes later in Tower Parade the officers saw a boy riding a bike matching the description of the stolen one. The 16-year-old from Whitstable was stopped and arrested on suspicion of theft and spent a night in the cells. He has been released on bail  pending further inquiries until 16 June 2009. 
The bike, meanwhile, has been  returned to its grateful owner in Herne Bay.
Andy explained: “It is not every bike theft that has such a happy and prompt ending!”