News 17 March 2009

Sainsbury's police surgeryFirst for neighbourhood police in Canterbury

Canterbury police community support officers Steve Coulter (right in photograph) and Tim Pitcher (left in photograph) scored a first for neighbourhood policing in the city when they took their regular sugery to Sainsbury’s at Kingsmead. 
Steve explained: “The surgeries are for people to raise any issues about policing in the Northgate ward. Sometimes not many people attend so we decided that we would go to them and make it easier.”

Teenagers arrested after bus driver assaulted

Two teenagers were arrested yesterday (Monday 16 March 2009) after a bus driver was assaulted in Whitstable on Sunday evening.
The driver of the Canterbury to Whitstable bus had stopped the vehicle in Bennells Avenue, Whitstable, at 6.40pm after noisy shouting and swearing was heard on the upper deck and another passenger reported seeing a boy with what appeared to be a gun.
The driver went upstairs and asked a boy to leave the bus. As he was following him downstairs a girl hit the 41-year-old driver on the head with her handbag. The two left the bus and the driver carried on with the journey.
A 16-year-old boy from Herne Bay was arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm and a 15-year-old girl from Whitstable was arrested on suspicion of assault. They have both been released on bail pending a decision to prosecute until 14 April 2009.

Fire at flats in Canterbury

Police attended the report of a fire outside flats in Hertford Court, off Warwick Road, Canterbury, early this morning (Tuesday 17 March 2009).
The fire is believed to have started in a bag of rubbish in a walkway outside flats on the second floor. Police were alerted by Kent Fire and Rescue Service at 12.45am.
A man from one of the flats was taken to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital where he was treated for smoke inhalation and allowed home. There was minor damage to three of the flats, one of which was empty.
It is not yet known how the fire started.

Canterbury arrests after motorcyclists cause nuisance

Police were called to Charollais Close in Canterbury at lunchtime on Saturday after complaints that teenagers were racing up and down on a trials bike.
There were fears for the safety of younger children out playing in the street and when police community support officer Myck Beddall attended it was found that the bike had been reported previously as stolen.
Two teenagers were arrested – a 16-year-old from Whitstable on suspicion of handling stolen goods and a 17-year-old from Canterbury on suspicion of theft. Both were questioned and released on bail until 22 March 2009.
Also on Saturday warnings were given to several motorcyclists on the A28 for their manner of riding by an officer from East Kent’s motorcycle team.
A fixed penalty notice and £60 fine was also issued to a driver for speeding in North Holmes Road. Speeding has been identified by the local community, via the Partners and Community Together group (PACT), as a priority that they want the police to target.

Whitstable telephone box damaged

Police were called to Gosselin Street in Whitstable early on Monday morning (16 February 2009) after it was reported that an attempt had been made to steal a telephone box at the junction with Norman Road.
The box had been ripped out of the ground, dragged up the street for about 300 metres and dumped. It was reported at 1.50am by witnesses who saw a flat bed truck stopped in the area.
The box was broken and parts of it damaged two cars parked nearby.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 01227 762055, quoting 16-71.

Arrests after Herne Bay collision

Two men were arrested after a van and car were in collision in Beltinge Road, Herne Bay, at 11pm on Saturday (14 March 2009).
The driver and passenger were reported to have got out of the van and run away from the scene. They were not injured nor was the driver of the car.
Two men were later arrested by police at an address in Herne Bay. They were questioned in connection with driving whilst unfit through drink and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.
The men, aged 22 from Herne Bay and 19 from Erith, were released on bail until 27 May 2009.