Four men will appear in court accused of plotting to steal vans worth more than £100,000. Steven Boden, from Chartham, Lee Chapman and James Steel, both from Maidstone and Wayne Byrne, from Dagenham in Essex, are accused of conspiring to take 23 vehicles from a number of locations throughout Kent. Steel, 30, of Ashford Road, Harrietsham; Chapman, of Bell Road, Park Wood; and 2-year-old Byrne appeared at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on Thursday in person while Boden, 41, of Bolts Hill, Chartham, appeared via video link from Elmley Prison. Chapman, 24, was also due at the court yesterday (Thursday) charged with possession of cocaine with intent to supply. No pleas were entered and all four defendants were sent to Maidstone Crown Court, where they will next appear on April 17. Chapman, Steel and Byrne were released on conditional bail with curfews imposed to run between 10pm and 7am, 11pm and 8am and 8.30pm and 7am respectively.
Herne Bay Gazette, April 9th 2015