A rope that was tied across a path resulting in a boy on a bike sustaining a neck injury has been seized by police to be sent for forensic examination.

The 9-year-old child was riding his push bike in woodlands near Wateringbury Road, East Malling at around 5.30pm on Saturday, 19 June 2021 when he rode into the rope causing him to fall from his bike. The boy sustained an injury to his neck in the incident.

Inspector Elizabeth Jones said: ‘This incident is being investigated as a case of attempted GBH as the child could have sustained far more serious injuries as a result of this callous act. Thankfully his injuries were not more severe.

‘In addition to sending the rope for forensic testing PCSOs have been patrolling the area in an effort to deter further offences and also look out for similar hazards.

‘It may be that this was a poorly thought-out prank that went wrong and it would be advisable that the person responsible comes forward to explain their actions.’

If anyone has any information about the incident please call 01622 604100 quoting reference 46/106535/21. You can also contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or by using the online form.

By Ed

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