Teenager charged over Maidstone supermarket robbery

teenager charged over maidstone supermarket robbery

A teenage boy has been charged over an attempted robbery at a Maidstone supermarket.

It is reported that at around 1pm on Tuesday 23 April 2019, checkout staff at the Sainsbury’s store in Loose Road were threatened by a person who was armed with a knife. No money was handed over and the suspect is alleged to have fled empty-handed.

Officers attended and carried out a search of the local area. They identified a suspect in Boughton Lane who was stopped and searched. A knife was recovered from a bag and he was arrested. A 15-year-old boy from Maidstone has now been charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and attempted robbery. He is bailed to appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court on 7 May.

Kent Police is committed to tackling knife crime culture and removing dangerous weapons from our communities. An initiative to prevent knife crime and associated offences is ongoing and is being supported by other law enforcement agencies, such as British Transport Police and neighbouring forces.