News 8 April 2009

Measuring light transmissionRoad Safety Campaign in Canterbury

Seventeen drivers were issued with fines in a campaign to make roads safer in the Canterbury area.

As part of Kent Police’s Safer Spring initiative teams of officers, including those on motorcycles,  carried out road checks across the city (26 March to 3 April 2009) including on the A28 at Wincheap, A290 at Blean and A257 at Littlebourne.

·         Six motorists were issued with fixed penalty notices and £60 fines for having excessively tinted windows.* They were also issued with notices not to drive their vehicles until changes have been made.

  • Four drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices and £60 fines for using their mobile phone whilst driving.
  • Two motorists were issued with fixed penalty notices and £60 fines for speeding.
  • Five drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices and £30 fines for not wearing seatbelts.

As well as enforcing the law the police teamed up with Kent Fire and Rescue Service which took a crashed car to the University of Kent and with police community support officers advised students about safe driving.

Community support officer Myck Beddall, who was involved in organising the campaign, said: “Many of the local communities around Canterbury tell us that speeding and road safety is one of the top priorities that they want Kent Police and partner agencies to deal with.

“When drivers continue to break the law you cannot describe a campaign as successful but we hope that our actions have reminded motorists that they cannot compromise their safety and that of other road users by using a mobile phone, speeding and not having a clear view out of their vehicle.”

Teenager assaulted in Canterbury

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 19-year-old was hit in the face, kicked and punched in the Wincheap area of Canterbury early on Saturday morning.
The student was on his way to buy cigarette papers from the Esso petrol station in Wincheap when four young people approached him at about 1.30am.
They pushed him into Hop Garden Way where they assaulted him. Friends of the teenager found him and took him to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital where he was treated for the bruising to his face.
One of the four is described as mixed race, 6ft tall, wearing baggy clothing and with two cross earrings in his right ear lobe and a bar piercing in his left brow.
Anyone who can help police with information should contact PC Chris Kidd on 01227 868262.

Till theft in Herne Bay

Police are searching for two men after cash was snatched from the cash till at the Right Choice store in High Street, Herne Bay last Monday afternoon (30 March 2009).
As the woman store owner was opening the till at about 4.45pm a man walked behind the counter and grabbed £20 and £10 notes from the till. He then left the shop, shortly followed by another man who was also in the store.
They are described as aged  beween 20 and 30. One was wearing a hat, beige jacket and grey trousers with a bag over his shoulder. The other was wearing a grey jumper and light-coloured trousers.
Anyone with information should contact PC Alan Pedwell on 01227 868264.

Purse thefts in Whitstable and Herne Bay

Police have issued a warning after four purses were stolen in Whitstable and Herne Bay during an hour and a half one morning last week (30 March 2009).
Three purses were taken from womens’ bags as they were shopping in Whitstable between 10am and 10.45am and a fourth was taken as a woman was shopping in Herne Bay at about 11.30am.
The purse owners and witnesses have given the description of a man who bumped into the women or distracted them and in one of the Whitstable thefts a woman is believed to have stolen the purse.
Anyone with information should contact Det Con Ron Smith on 01227 868296.