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'Rise in crime' during power cut

The bridge over Dartford Creek  where the fire broke out
Thousands of homes were left without power for up to three days

A three-day power cut in Dartford in July coincided with an increase in crime, Kent Police have said.

Ninety thousand premises on the London/Kent border were affected by the blackout, caused by a suspected vandal attack on a cable bridge.

Police said there was a noticeable rise in burglaries and car break-ins in the Dartford area, with the number of cases at 49 compared to 34 a week earlier.

They said extra resources were deployed at the time to ensure people's safety.

Officers said the rise over the three days could not be linked directly to thieves taking advantage of the power cut.

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