Weapons and drugs recovered during pub raid

A pub is at risk of losing its license after guns were found lying around the premises following a police raid.

Police fear The King’s Head in Maidstone is unsafe for customers and are calling for the license to be revoked after the pub was searched.

King’s Head in Grafty Green. Credits: Google Maps

During a raid on the pub in Headcorn Road, Grafty Green, on Wednesday, 8 February, officers found a number of guns, including two imitation firearms, a BB gun, a starter revolver and an ASP baton in the bar area. With the supply of ammunition up.

Four guns have also been found in the premises. Although these were legally held under a firearm licence, only three of them were correctly stored, while a fourth was found standing at the top of the stairs.

The application said drugs were also found in the upstairs rooms in the form of small bags of cannabis and bags of white powder, which police believed were linked to the supply of drugs.

Kent Police want to cancel the pub’s license due to concerns over the safety of the pub’s patrons.

It added: “Kent Police believe that if this premises is allowed to operate unchecked, it represents a serious and real danger to the safety of the public. It is from that location It is clear where the items were seized from the premises.” The license holders were aware of them and allowed them to remain on site.

“The presence of multiple weapons within public areas raises concerns in relation to the intended use or need for these items and believes that this is indicative of the involvement of those present in a serious crime.

“Due to the serious nature of the weapons being in the bar, Kent Police have concerns over the management’s ability to run a safe pub.”

Kent Police are requesting the removal of the premises supervisor and cancellation of the pub’s licence.

The landlady of The King’s Head declined to comment.

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