A number of people have been detained and one taken to hospital follow an armed raid by Kent Police in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Armed officers from Kent Police descend on the sleepy doomsday village of Otham on the outskirts of Maidstone in Kent in the early hours Eight people have been arrested and taken to Police stations across Kent
Armed officers carried out a full search of the Public house and properties attached to the premises. A number of Men where led away in handcuff. Two people were pulled from a White Mercedes that remains with it’s doors open. A cordon has been thrown up around the White Horse Pub and officers remain on scene guard.
Officers in full body armour with fully loaded G36 Carbine carrying ballistic shield could be heard shouting:” Armed Police get on the floor and out out with your hands up. The armed operation went on for approx 2 hours. One man was taken away by ambulance by paramedics wearing ballistic vests and facemasks from South East Coast ambulance service.
A HART team who are a group of paramedics who are trained to go into the ‘hot zone’ of incidents also supported officers during the the operation.
A spokesman for Kent Police said: Eight people have been arrested after Kent Police officers, including armed patrols, attended a disturbance in Otham.
A large number of people were reported to have become involved in a verbal and physical altercation in White Horse Lane shortly before midnight on Saturday 2 May 2020. Witnesses also reported seeing a possible weapon.
Upon arrival, officers arrested six men and two women on suspicion of affray and were taken into custody as enquiries continue.
No serious injuries have been reported and no weapons were found.
Officers are keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious. Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604100 quoting 46/75100/20.