Kent

Fourth arrest in Iwade cock-fighting inquiry

Dead birds Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption Officers said they found countless dead birds at the farm

A fourth person has been arrested by detectives investigating suspected cock-fighting and animal cruelty at a farm in Kent.

Kent Police found up to 170 live birds in a barn and a suspected fighting ring at the farm in Iwade, while carrying out a drugs warrant on 13 January.

They also found "countless" dead birds and paraphernalia used to train cockerels for fighting.

The four arrested men have been bailed until 9 April.

Police said officers also discovered about 100 wraps of a suspected Class A drug, cash and suspected stolen vehicles.

A number of dogs were seized in relation to suspected welfare offences, a force spokesman said.

A 47-year-old man from Teynham and a 20-year-old man from Swanley were arrested on suspicion of theft, possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, animal cruelty and proceeds of crime offences on 13 January.

A 21-year-old man from Upchurch was arrested on the same day, on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.

Officers raided a business premises at Detling Aerodrome on Monday and found three lorry-loads of illicit alcohol and seized a substantial amount of cash.

A 52-year-old man from Iwade was arrested on suspicion of theft, possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, animal cruelty and proceeds of crime offence offences.

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