Serious 'catapult' injury near Dover leads to police investigation

Contributed by editor on Nov 09, 2018 - 10:45 AM


A head injury, suspected to be from a catapult, has left a man in a serious condition and is being investigated by Kent Police.

Detectives are carrying out enquiries after the man, in his mid-20s, suffered the wound during a reported assault near Dover.

At around 3pm on Sunday 28 October 2018 the victim was with another man in a parked car near to Sweetbriar Lane, Elvington when the incident happened.

It is reported that the window of the car was smashed and the victim was hit in the head with a small object, thought to have been caused by a catapult just a short distance away. He attended a local hospital before being transferred to London where he continues to receive treatment. The other man in the car sustained minor injuries.

On Friday 2 November 2018 a 21-year-old man from Elvington was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon. He has since been released pending further investigation.

Detectives reviewing CCTV and making local enquiries would still like to hear from any witnesses.

Investigating officer PC Matthew Johnston said: ‘This happened close to a ball park and we believe there would have been a number of people there at the time of the alleged assault that might have seen something.

‘Anyone who witnessed this or has information that could assist our investigation is urged to get in touch as soon as possible.’

Witnesses should call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/064984/18. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.

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