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Extra police patrols in Maidstone after man is stabbed to death

Andre Bent Photo: Family picture

Extra police will be on patrol in Maidstone this weekend after a man was stabbed to death.

Knife arches will also be used in key locations following an altercation in the town last weekend, which left one man dead and four others injured.

Officers will be handing out leaflets appealing for information following the death of 21-year-old Andre Bent in the early hours of Sunday 25 August 2019.

Fatal stabbing in Maidstone Credit: ITV Meridian

While we do not have any information to suggest there may be further incidents this weekend, we have extra visible patrols working from Friday throughout the weekend to meet and greet visitors to the town centre and offer them some reassurance.They will also continue our work with businesses and licence-holders to keep Maidstone safe for everyone to enjoy. The use of knife arches plus stop and search powers where appropriate should send a clear message to those who believe it is acceptable to bring violence to our town, that they can expect to be brought to justice.

– District Commander, Chief Inspector Ray Quiller
Police investigate fatal stabbing Credit: ITV Meridian

Five men have been arrested by officers investigating his death. Four of the men have been charged with violent disorder while the fifth has been bailed.

Enquiries continue into Andre’s death and detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate would like to hear from anyone with information that may assist their investigation who has not yet contacted the police. Officers will be out talking to people this weekend and we want members of the public to come and speak to them. In particular, we want to hear from anyone who has concerns or who may information from last weekend’s events which may be useful to the investigation. This includes anybody with mobile phone footage from the town centre on the night of the murder. They may not think it is relevant to the investigation but I would urge them to get in contact and let us judge whether or not it is useful.

– District Commander, Chief Inspector Ray Quiller