Eight men arrested in Kent over metal thefts

Eight men have been arrested in south Kent in a crackdown on thieves stripping metal from buildings.

Police said crime being driven by the rising price of metal, included theft from public and private buildings such as homes being renovated.

Two men were arrested in Beaver Road, Ashford on Wednesday after they were seen with a trolley containing cable.

Two others were held in Marine Avenue, Hythe, after lead was stolen from a roof in Maison Dieu Avenue, Dover.

Two charged

Another man was arrested in Dover on Wednesday after reports of a man acting suspiciously on a roof in Snargate Street.

All five have been bailed until dates in August pending further inquiries.

The latest arrest, on Thursday, was in connection with the theft of lead from a roof in Folkestone.

Two other men have been charged in connection with thefts in Ashford and Folkestone.

"We would urge anyone spotting suspicious behaviour around empty buildings or when buildings are closed to call police immediately," said Det Chief Insp Julien Lawton.

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