Three arrests were made and 16 people were searched for drugs as part of a proactive operation in Margate by Kent Police.

Using plain clothes and uniformed officers, Thanet’s Community Safety Unit worked in and around streets in Cliftonville and Margate and focused on concerns flagged about drug use. In total, the team found nine bags of spice, along with two seizures of cannabis. Four people were given community resolutions.

During the one-day operation on Friday 19 April 2024, officers also searched for suspects wanted for outstanding offences.

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Seized: the driver was reported for traffic offences


  • A 33-year-old man from Margate was arrested on suspicion of assault and burglary. He was released on bail until 15 June.
  • A 27-year-old woman from Margate was arrested and charged with shopliftings in the area and bailed to appear at court next month.
  • A vehicle stopped in Fort Crescent and found to contain a quantity of cannabis during the afternoon resulted in the arrest of a 24-year-old man from Margate on suspicion of drug driving. He was released on bail until 19 July pending further enquiries.
  • A second car was stopped in Northdown Road and seized after checks revealed the driver had no licence or insurance, and he was given a traffic offence report.

Inspector Jim Woodward of Thanet Community Safety Unit said:

‘Through intensive operations such as this, the neighbourhood teams focus on disrupting the use and sale of drugs and other criminality in the district. I hope it sends out the message to potential offenders that there is no easy place to be to break the law’.

By Ed

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