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Monday 8th August 2016, 15:49 London

Kent growers hit by series of ‘high-value’ fruit thefts

Police say a spate of fruit thefts worth up to £6,000 across the fresh produce heartland of Kent 'may be linked'

Kent growers hit by series of ‘high-value’ fruit thefts

Cherries are among the fruit to be reported as stolen 

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Police are investigating a series of fruit thefts worth around £6,000 after strawberries and cherries were stolen from growers in the Kent area.

There were three reported thefts near Church Road, Tonge, between 18 and 19 July, 22 July, and 26 July, where around £1,600 worth of fruit was stolen. And around £2,400 worth of soft fruit was reported as stolen from land near Head Hill Road, Faversham, between 7 July and 22 July.

Officers from Kent Police are also investigating whether a reported fruit theft worth £2,000, between 26 and 27 July near Kenward Road, Yalding, is connected.

Investigating officer, PC Marc Pennicott, said: ‘These thefts are all very similar so we believe they may be linked and I would encourage anyone with information to get in touch.”

Anyone with information about the thefts can contact police on 01795 419119 quoting reference XY/27859/16.

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