Youth makes court appearance after weekend of violence

A teenager has appeared in court charged with causing grievous bodily harm in Canterbury.

The 17-year-old is alleged to have attacked a man in the Longmarket at just before 9pm on Saturday.

He suffered a fractured eye socket, fractured cheek, bruises and swellings in what prosecutors describe as an unprovoked attack by a gang.

The 23-year-old victim needed medical attention after the incident, which is said to have been captured on the city’s CCTV system. He was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Yesterday at Canterbury Youth Court the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denied a single count of causing grievous bodily harm to the man.

Police are actively investigating a series of three incidents in the city on Saturday.

The first took place between 1.15pm and 1.40pm when two men were alleged to have been assaulted and robbed on the riverside path near Kingsmead Road.

Another happened at 3pm when two further people reported being assaulted on the riverside path.

The case has been transferred to Canterbury Crown Court for a trial.

Det Con Tom Banks is the investigating officer.

He said: “We are continuing to investigate the three incidents and appeal to anyone who witnessed them and hasn’t already spoken to our officers to contact us.

“We would also like to hear from anyone with information that could help our investigation.”

If you can help, phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime number ZY/21173/18.

  • A woman took to social media to say that her 15-year-old son was assaulted in the Dane John Gardens at 4pm on Saturday. She said her son was struck eight times in an unprovoked assault at around 4pm which was stopped by a passer-by who intervened. Police have not said whether it is linked to the other incidents.

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