Child abduction arrests made in Ramsgate during ‘trafficking and County Lines’ operation

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Kent Police officers have made two arrests in Ramsgate on suspicion of child abduction.

The arrests were part of a day targeting human trafficking, modern slavery and County Lines drug dealing.

Officers began the operation at 5.30am yesterday (June 11). The children are now being safeguarded.

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police officers from the Community Policing Team were carrying out enquiries in Ramsgate in connection with drugs offences. They attended a property in St Augustine’s Road at around 4pm where they found four people and a quantity of suspected class A drugs.

“Among those at the property were two teenagers, reported missing from outside of the county. They were safeguarded and handed into the care of the relevant force.

“Two men, aged 33 and 44, also at the address, were arrested in connection with the incident and remain in custody whilst enquiries continue.”


It comes on the heels of another operation yesterday involving Kent Police, Border Force and Home Office immigration enforcement.

Checks carried out at a business in Ramsgate Road, Margate, revealed no offences.

UPDATE: It is understood the operation was not connected to the large number of Met Police spotted at Manston Road Tesco and officers at Ramsgate Port today. This is thought to relate to a separate arrest.

Officers at Ramsgate railway station are understood to have been British Transport Police carrying out a routine County drug Lines check.

County Lines gangs preying on Thanet youngsters and the work being done to tackle them