Police investigating two incidents in a village near Canterbury have charged a suspect with assault.

On the afternoon of Wednesday 31 August 2022, a woman walking through Preston reported that a man refused to let her pass, and then pushed his face towards hers.


On the afternoon of Friday 2 September, another woman walking through the village reported a man put his arms around her and squeezed her.

Following enquiries by the East Kent Vulnerability Investigation Team, Andrew Phillips was arrested and charged with two counts of assault.

66-year-old man remanded in custody

The 66-year-old, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Monday 5 September and will next appear before Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 29 September.

Officers are continuing to appeal to anyone with information, or who may have experienced a similar incident but has yet to speak to police, to call 01843 222289, quoting reference 46/170750/22.

Violence Against Women and Girls

Click here for further information, advice and support relating to Violence Against Women and Girls. This page also includes details on how Kent Police is tackling offences including domestic abuse, stalking, harassment and other forms of violence.

By Ed

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