Criminal damage under the spotlight in Dover district

Thursday, 17 January 2013
Police in the Dover district are warning people who cause criminal damage, they WILL be made to face the consequences.

Officers are expecting a small rise in criminal damage offences in the next few weeks as analysis from previous years' crime statistics show they tend to go up at this time of year.

Detective Inspector Nick Greenan from Dover's Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "While some offenders may think it is trivial or that there are no direct victims, criminal damage is often associated with anti-social behaviour and has a negative impact on the victims and the community in general.

"We will investigate all reports and do all we can to identify the offenders and bring them to justice, whether it's through arrest and charge, caution or fixed penalty or restorative justice where offenders meet victims face-to-face.

"If you know someone responsible for causing damage in the Dover district or suspect that damage is being committed, I would urge you to contact Kent Police."

In an emergency, if crime is in progress of life is in danger call 999. For non-urgent issues call 101.

Here are details of some of the arrests for Criminal Damage since the beginning of the year:

  • An incident where the window of a café in London Road, Dover was smashed on New Year's Day has led to the arrest of a 32-year-old woman from Dover on suspicion of criminal damage. After being detained in custody she was issued with a £80 fixed penalty notice.
  • Police investigating alleged damage at a property in Dofras Place, Dover on 2 January arrested 20-year-old Ryan Clubb of Sugarloaf Walk, Folkestone. He was charged with criminal damage and released on bail to answer before Folkestone Magistrates on 25 January.
  • Police dealing with a disturbance in Folkestone Road, Dover early on 8 January arrested 35-year-old Ashley Christian McCairn of Folkestone Road, Dover. He was subsequently charged with allegedly causing damage to a police officer's handcuffs. He was released on bail to answer before Folkestone Magistrates on 4 February.
  • Police called to investigate an incident early on 10 January when a door was damaged at a property in Auden Way, Dover, arrested 20-year-old David John Kirk (of Auden Way). He was charged with criminal damage and released on bail to answer before Folkestone Magistrates on 1 February.
  • Police investigating damage to property at an address in Primrose Road, Dover on 10 January arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of criminal damage. He was questioned and subsequently accepted a formal police caution for causing the damage.

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