Two suspects have been arrested by officers investigating reports of cooking oil theft near Ashford.

Cooking oil was stolen from a business in the Kennington area on two occasions in June 2022 and the offences were later reported to the town’s Local Policing Team.

Following enquiries, a van believed to be linked to the offences was stopped by officers in Fougeres

Way on Tuesday 5 July.

Arrests

Two men, who are both in their 20s and from north London, were arrested on suspicion of theft and have since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Ashford District Commander Chief Inspector Nick Sparkes said: ‘We advise any businesses who store cooking oil to make sure they have adequate security arrangements and any containers are not on show to potential thieves.

‘Companies should review their alarm systems and CCTV cameras, as these will not only deter thieves but also make it easier for us to recover stolen goods and identify offenders in the event of any theft.

‘We also advise that areas where cooking oil is stored are well-lit and items such as wheelie bins are stored away, to prevent them being used to access buildings or scale fences.’

By Ed

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