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DNAis undoing of jewel burglar


A “PROLIFIC” jewel thief who left traces of hisDNAon a garden spade which he used to break into a Larkfield home has been jailed. Nathan Mahoney (pictured) was sentenced to more than three years in prison after targeting properties in East Peckham and Mereworth last year. On March 12,


2015 Mahoney used a spade from a garage at a property in Lunsford Lane, Larkfield, to force a conser- vatory door and stole cash and jew- ellery. Jewellery valued at more than £10,000 was also stolen from a house in Hale Street, East Peckham, where once again Mahoney used a spade to force a window. The victim’s computer tablet, en-


graved with the words “Happy 70th birthday, we love you”, was also taken. Forensic swabs from a garden


spade recovered in Larkfield later led officers to execute a searchwar-


rant at Mahoney’s home in Acorn Close, Five Oak Green. Inside, police discovered the


stolen tablet.Apit bike stolen from a property in Butchers Lane, Mere- worth, between May 4 and 8, 2015 was also retrieved. After Mahoney was arrested, a


pair of his trainerswas forensically linked to a shoe mark at one of the crime scenes. Mahoney denied any blame. He appeared at Maidstone Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and one of handling stolen goods. On August 1, Mahoney was jailed for three years and two months. Detective Constable Neil Buckle


said: “The forensic evidence, along with the stolen items we found at Mahoney’s home proved beyond all doubt he was guilty of these crimes.


“Mahoneywas a prolific offender


who posed a persistent threat. His actions will no doubt have long term and profound effects on his victims. I hope they will at least be assured that he has now got the sentence he deserved.”


Park awarded 10th Green Flag


LEYBOURNE Lakes Country Park has won a Green Flag award for the 10th year running, making it one of the best in the UK. The 230-acre park was among 1,600 parks and green spaces to


receive the accolade from Keep Britain Tidy. It reflects the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. Leybourne Lakes Country Park is off the A228 on the Ham Hill


roundabout. Developed from former gravel workings, it has a series of lakes providing a wildlife sanctuary and is popular for walking, water sports and picnics. The park is managed and maintained by Tonbridge and Malling


Council with the help of volunteers. Cllr Maria Heslop,cabinet member for community services, said: “I’d like to thank all the visitors and volunteers who work so hard.”


Mayor a winner at school fete


A DOG show and dancing were among treats in store for the 500 visi- tors to St Mark’s Primary School fete in Eccles. The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Mark Rhodeswas among


the many guests to enjoy all the fun of the fair – and bag himself first prize in the raffle. The fete, organised by the school PTA, raised £2,282 which will help pay for a football kit and equipment for the school.


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