Jail for men arrested with weapons and drugs at Cliftonville property

JAILED: Bourton and Cairns

Three men have been jailed following a police raid on a Cliftonville property where a sawn-off shotgun, ammunition, cocaine and heroin were seized.

The address in Surrey Road was being used as a cocaine pressing factory and a base to sell drugs when officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate carried out the warrant last year.

Ashley Cairns and Jordan Bourton were jailed for their involvement at a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday (October 29). A third man was previously jailed at an earlier hearing.

Officers carried out the operation at the two-bedroom ground floor flat on the evening of April 30 following concerns about possible drug dealing from the property.


Scattered around the flat, they found heroin, cocaine and cannabis, as well as more than £22,000 in cash and large amounts of cutting agents, chemicals which dealers use to bulk out substances for sale.

A handgun, which was later found to be an air pistol, was seized from one of the rooms and, in a bag which had been thrown over a garden wall, a sawn-off shotgun was recovered along with 11 cartridges.

The estimated street value of the class A drugs seized was around £20,000, with around £1,000-worth of cannabis.

A hydraulic press and a mould found in the property are believed to have been used for pressing cocaine into blocks. A total of 12 mobile phones, believed to have been used to sell the drugs, were also seized.


Those involved were arrested at the scene and later charged with multiple offences.

At the sentencing hearing last week: Ashley Cairns, 34, of Surrey Road, received an eight-year, 10-month sentence after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm, being concerned in the supply of heroin, cocaine and cannabis and possession of criminal property.

Jordan Bourton, 21, also of Surrey Road, was jailed for six years and eight months after admitting the same charges.


Detective Sergeant Jason Booth, senior investigating officer for the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “The evidence gathered shows this property was clearly being used for the preparation and sale of illegal drugs at street level, and the laundering of the proceeds from these crimes.

“Perhaps most worryingly, the sawn-off shotgun recovered shows the dangerous lengths drug dealers will go to protect themselves, their commodities and profits.

“I am pleased this weapon has been removed from circulation and it cannot be used to threaten or harm others. I am also pleased that these men have been taken off the streets and can no longer prey on the vulnerable for criminal gain.”


  1. well – what have these people that say thanet and cliftonville are wonderful places to live in, got to say about this one ? come on dress it up for me

  2. @real world, you clearly don’t live in the real world. This can happen anywhere, not just Cliftonville or Thanet. If you go looking for reasons to knock an area, you will find them.

  3. I thought “foreigners and illegal immigrants” were the issue in Cliftonville?!?

    Where are our outspoken xenophobic posters hiding?? We have a few of them here that relish tearing down the issues in society and blaming the easy targets… awkward when time and time again it’s white British nationals committing the crimes 😉

    • Without doubt the area has and has always had a surfeit of home grown undesirables who are responsible for the majority of cliftonvilles unpleasantness, as such the area certainly does not need any additional miscreants from elsewhere. A wrong’un is awrong’un where ever they come from, but the policy of not publicising the wrong doings of recent arrivals to avoid stigmatising migrant communities is just denial of a problem. The most disgusting example being the eastern european child brothel that was raided in Arthur Road in the early 2000’s, no prosecutions and no publicity.

    • Well their names sound Eastern European don’t they? Seriously though, how much will all this cost in the long run? The police time alone must run into tens of thousands, then there’s the cost to keep them in prison! Its time these drugs were decriminalised, the cost will then decrease, and those idiots who use them will kill themselves with it, win win!

  4. Looking at the most recent available statistics for ethnicity in Thanet (Census 2011), 90% of the population describe themselves as White British.

    If crime statistics reflect ethnicity populations, you would broadly expect 90% of local crimes to be committed by White British nationals and the remaining 10% by people of various other ethnic origins (notwithstanding those cases where local crimes are committed by people who live outside of Thanet)

    I’m not familiar with a dataset which breaks Thanet crime down into perpetrators by ethnic group although I’m sure it exists somewhere. Without it, I find it very difficult to support any hypotheses that a particular ethnic group (including White British) are any more or less likely to be carrying out criminal activity.

    I’m sure there are bad apples in all communities. The key question is whether there are disproportionately more in a particular group compared to their overall % of local residents. I haven’t seen anything to support this but am happy to stand corrected if any readers are better informed.

    • You are assuming the policing shows no Bias. If 90% of the people you shop and search or investigate are from one demographic then you will manipulate the stats.

      You also have to look at the offences people are prosecuted in the different demographics and which get jail times for similar crimes…

      These stats in the U.K. are illuminating….. but from reading your post I’m sure you won’t be interested in them. Your stance that if more than 10% of the crimes are “committed” by non white nationals it must be the problem.

      This is why we say racism is systemic. It’s backed up by statistics and evidence not just a “woke agenda” anyway…. Back the GBnews…. 😉

    • To be able to present the conclusions you want. You can do it either by the way you collect your data,

      Eg, if you’re looking into transport, you’d get very different results by asking people how they travel at say a bus stop, car park or railway station. But all could be said to have asked members of the public .

      Or in how you interpret and present the data, a prime example is the use of definitions on poverty as absolute or relative. It’s generally accepted that levels of absolute poverty are low in the UK , so campaigners now like to use relative poverty , a comparison with mean household incomes. Which by definition means that if the rich get richer even if the poor have the same income then there will be more people in poverty.

      A degree of statistical manipulation is needed to ensure that meaningful results are not obscured by poor data gathering or inclusion of obvious outliers, but too often the manipulation is done to present a wanted outcome. Usually all the information required will be in the study but just about all of us just get to see the headlines.

      A good example was TDC’s initial consultation on the cliftonville selective licensing scheme, they claimed that the private rented property in the area had a class 1 hazard under HHSRS ( housing health safety rating system, under which the council has a statutory duty to deal with class 1 hazards) of between 55 and 85%. Patently absurd and when challenged, this figure was derived from a computer modelling system provided by the building research establishment into which council data was inputed. It had no real basis and was not backed up by findings during the schemes 10 years. Also given the alarmist numbers it then seems odd that the council never managed to inspect all the properties under the scheme. Numbers inspected have never been given. There has not been a publicly published report on the scheme since 2015, which may suggest that the state of the private rented sector was not as bad as previously suggested, but certainly thereis no data to show it was as bad as suggested. Remembering of course that in the same period TDC’s performance in its own housing was found to be less that exemplary.

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