Witness appeal after attack

Police have released a description of a man they wish to speak to in connection with an attack at a restaurant. The man is described as white, in his mid 20s, 5ft 10ins tall and of medium build with short brown hair.

The attack took place in The Copperfield restaurant in Gravesend. It is reported a 26-year-old man from Gravesend and his girlfriend were having a meal at the restaurant when he was approached by a man who asked him outside for a fight.

When the victim declined, it is alleged the suspect sprayed a liquid substance in his face that caused burning and problems with breathing, before stabbing him in the back with what has been described as a fork. The victim was taken to Medway Maritime Hospital and is currently in intensive care.

This was not a random attack as we believe the victim and suspect are known to each other. We also believe the liquid substance used was a household substance used for cleaning."

– Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley, Kent Police