Four men have been arrested in connection with an alleged conspiracy to steal broadband cables in Kent and Sussex.

Between Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 22 June 2022, a series of incidents in which cables were stolen or damaged occurred at rural locations in CranbrookRye and Tunbridge Wells.

An investigation was launched by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

On Wednesday 7 December they carried out a number of search warrants and arrested a 26-year-old man from Margate, a 42-year-old man and a 29-year-old man both from Ashford. They have all been released on bail pending further enquiries until Tuesday 7 February 2023.

A fourth man, aged 23, and from Folkestone, was arrested in Neath, Wales, and has since been charged with conspiracy to steal.

He is due to appear before Medway magistrates on Thursday 8 December.

By Ed

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