Tonbridge detective rewarded for stopping fugitive drug dealer

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A Certificate of Merit was given to Detective Constable Hayley Campbell of Tonbridge police at the Divisional Commander’s Awards ceremony at Tonbridge School.

DC Campbell led a complex investigation after 13kg cocaine with a street value of over £2million was found on Nizel’s Lane, Hildenborough.

She returned from leave to charge the offender, Christopher Brewer, when he was arrested entering the country having fled to Spain. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Brewer had been taken to Tunbridge Wells Hospital, but ran away wearing just a hospital gown. He was caught trying to enter the UK on a friend’s passport during a routine stop of a car by the UK Border Force in Coquelles, France.

Chief Superintendent Julia Chapman said: ‘I am incredibly proud to lead such a dedicated team.

‘People may say they are just doing their jobs and that is what they are paid to do.

‘But like anyone else police officers still have to deal with the day-to-day pressures of normal life, balancing spending time with their families with protecting vulnerable people in the community.’

PICTURE: FORCE FOR GOOD: Chief Supt Julia Chapman (left) with DC Hayley Campbell

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