Three men have been arrested in connection with the large scale theft of strawberries from fruit farms in west Kent.
It is reported that since early May 2018 strawberry crops worth thousands of pounds have been stolen from a number of locations, including farms in East Peckham and Wateringbury. Kent Police’s Rural Task Force has been investigating allegations the fruit is then sold on by thieves to unsuspecting customers, at places such as boot fairs.
On 13 June officers stopped a vehicle believed to be linked to the thefts on land off Lavenders Road, West Malling. Three men, aged 40, 54 and 70, who were traveling in the car were arrested on suspicion of theft. A search was then carried out at a property linked to the men, where 38 fruit collection trays suspected to be stolen were seized.
The suspects have been released, pending further investigation. Anyone with information which may assist the investigation is asked to call 01622 604100, quoting reference YY/020315/18. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.