Three men have been arrested following a robbery in Whitstable.

The incident occurred at around 3pm on Friday 12th March at a shop in Joy Lane near Florence Avenue, where a member of staff was assaulted and a quantity of cash and cigarettes were taken. Police were called to the robbery in progress and attended the scene.

Following enquiries, Officers stopped a car in Hengist Way near Ramsgate and arrested three men in connection with the incident. 

Neil Clarke, 37, of Paragon in Ramsgate, has been charged with the robbery, possession of an offensive weapon, failing to stop for police and driving without insurance or a licence, Zymon Elsom, 19, of King Street in Ramsgate, has been charged with the robbery and possession of an offensive weapon and Kane Sampson, 20, of no fixed address, has been charged with the robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

All three individuals have also been charged with another robbery and possession of a knife, following an incident in which a business in Queens Road, Broadstairs, was targeted on Tuesday 9th March 2021. Staff reported being threatened with a knife and cigarettes and alcohol were taken.

The trio are due to appear at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Monday 15th March 2021.