Kent

Seven rural burglaries in Kent investigated by police

An attempted theft at a village store in Kent is being linked by police to six other similar offences.

The door of Turner Provisions in Biddenden High Street was smashed by thieves who drove a vehicle into it in the early hours of Tuesday.

The thieves did not get in, but a red bumper and lighting cluster from the vehicle was found outside the shop.

Police said they had investigated six other similar raids on rural shops since the beginning of the year.

On 21 January, the Dymchurch Village Store was burgled after thieves reversed a stolen car into the front door.

Cigarettes and alcohol worth about £4,500 was stolen.

A post office in Ashford, another store in Dymchurch and businesses in Rolvenden, Hythe, and New Romney were also targeted during January.

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