A number of people have been charged following an investigation into the thefts of lifesaving medical equipment.

Between September 2016 and August 2017, the equipment, including 300 defibrillators, was taken from ambulances and buildings in Herne Bay as well as other towns, including Thanet, Ashford, Chatham, Northfleet and the Isle of Sheppey.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate who have been investigating the incidents have served eleven people with requisitions to attend Folkestone Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 9 October 2019 charged with various offences in connection with the thefts.

The charges are as follows:

  • Three men, one aged 35 from Herne Bay, one aged 50 from Shropshire and one aged 46 from Canterbury face charges of theft, conspiracy to burgle, rob, handle stolen goods, launder the proceeds of crime and two counts of conspiracy to steal
  • A 28-year-old man from Herne Bay faces charges of conspiracy to steal, burgle and rob
  • A 43-year-old man from Herne Bay faces charges of conspiracy to steal and burgle
  • A 52-year-old man from Maidstone faces charges of handling stolen goods and entering into a money laundering arrangement
  • A 30-year-old man from Hertfordshire faces a charge of conspiracy to steal
  • A 29-year-old woman from Canterbury faces a charge of handling stolen goods
  • Two women, one aged 29 from Herne Bay and the other aged 37 from Whitstable, along with a 52-year-old man from Whitstable face charges of entering into a money laundering arrangement.