Police Dog Aids in Apprehension of Suspect Involved in Attempted Farm Break-in in Swanley

A man from Dartford was apprehended by a police dog after attempting to break into a farm in Swanley.

According to reports, PD Bear aided officers in tracking down the suspect after a call was made to the police about a possible break-in at a stable building near Ship Lane. The incident occurred on Tuesday evening, February 28.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers noticed a suspicious vehicle leaving the Crockham Hill area and heading towards Swanley village. A short pursuit ensued, during which the suspect’s vehicle allegedly rammed into a police car. Three men then fled on foot.

With the assistance of the police helicopter, officers from the dog section were able to locate and arrest a 23-year-old man. The suspect, identified as Ryan Holt of Elm Road in Dartford, has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking, failing to stop, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, and possession of cannabis. He is currently in custody and is set to appear in court on February 29.

Authorities are still searching for the other suspects involved in the attempted break-in. They are asking anyone with information, private CCTV footage, or dashcam footage from the area at the time of the incident to come forward and contact the west Kent appeals line at 01622 604100, quoting reference number 27-1437.

The police dog, PD Bear, has been praised for his role in tracking down the suspect and aiding in the investigation. The incident serves as a reminder of the important role that these canine officers play in keeping our communities safe.

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