1. ITV Report

Campaigners march after student attacked in Canterbury


Campaigners are furious after a German exchange student was left with life-threatening injuries following an attack in Canterbury.

The 17-year-old victim, believed to be originally from Lebanon, had to be airlifted to hospital in London where he underwent specialist surgery.

Hundreds of people have marched through Canterbury High Street (12th June), to where the boy was assaulted.

Flowers have been placed at the spot where the student was attacked.

Police were called to Whitefriars Street at around 6pm on Thursday 6th June 2019 to reports that a teenage boy had been assaulted.

After the attack, a Just Giving page was set up by well-wishers to support the boy's parents while they remain with their son in hospital.

The page aimed to raise £5,000, with the public so far donating more than £8,000.

Police were called to Whitefriars Street in Canterbury last Thursday (6th June)

Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield earlier contacted the Home Secretary to arrange an emergency visa, so that the boy's parents could get to the UK from Germany as quickly as possible.

Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield

It is understood that the boy currently remains in a coma.

The possibility this was a hate crime is being pursued as "one line of inquiry".

Kent Police say six teenagers and a 44-year-old-man have been arrested and then released on bail pending further inquiries.

Detectives are continuing to appeal to witnesses or anyone with information.