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CCTV released in connection with unprovoked attack

Police want to speak to this man in connection with an unprovoked attack Credit: Kent Police

Officers investigating an unprovoked assault in a bar in Canterbury High Street have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to.

Officers were called to The Cuban in High Street, Canterbury at about 2am on Tuesday 28 October following reports a man had been punched in the face.

The victim, a 19-year-old from Canterbury had been in the bar with his girlfriend when a group of three men have tried talking to her. When she rejected their advances they turned on the victim and put him in a headlock while another man punched him several times to the face.

The suspects have then left.

The victim received swelling to his nose and was treated at hospital.

“We have carried out a number of enquiries and now have an image of someone we would like to speak to. If anyone knows this person please get in touch."

– Investigating officer PC Bob McLean

Man treated for fractured jaw after attack

The man was approached by three men-one punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground.

His head was also stamped upon, and he was knocked unconscious. When he came round, he was helped to his feet by an unknown man.

The victim left the park and shortly after encountered a woman who helped him to call police. One of the men was described as:

White 19-20 years oldSlim build 5ft 11 Wearing a light blue hooded top and black Adidas tracksuit bottoms.

Another was described as: White 19-20 years old Slim build 5ft 9 Wearing a burgundy coloured hooded top.

The victim was treated for a suspected fractured jaw in hospital.


Prison for man who attacked parking warden over ticket

Dale Fish attacked a parking warden over a ticket Credit: Sussex Police

A man has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for attacking a traffic warden in Worthing.

Dale Fish, 21, carpenter, of Brighton Road, Worthing has been sent to prison for 16 months after pleading guilty of dangerous driving and ABH at Chichester Crown Court on Wednesday, October 22.

On February 19 Fish was given a parking ticket after parking his Ford Fiesta in Church Walk around 10.50am. He then drove his car at the victim, a 21-year-old parking warden, before punching him and knocking him to the ground.

Fish was arrested and charged with the offences.

"Fish attacked this man who was just doing his job and left him with a lot of nasty cuts and bruises, which is totally unacceptable behaviour."

– DC Andy Hobden

Man attacked with bottle in Southampton

Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in Southampton.

The incident happened at some time between 8.10pm and 8.20pm on Sunday, September 28. The 28-year-old victim had left Sainsbury’s Local Store, Hill Lane, when he was punched, kicked, and had a bottle of wine smashed on him.

The victim received cuts to his head and arm which required hospital treatment.

The offender is described as:

  • - White
  • - Aged in his mid 20s
  • - Short blond hair
  • - Stocky build
  • - Wearing a blue t-shirt and black shorts

“We believe this was an isolated incident and are appealing for anyone who has any information to come forward. Were you in the area at the time of the incident? Did you see or hear what happened? If you have any information that could help the inquiry, please get in touch.”

– Detective Constable Simon Murray

16-year-old attacked and robbed in Hastings

The boy was attacked on Middle Street in Hastings Credit: ITV Meridian

Police are appealing for witnesses after a boy aged 16 was attacked and robbed in East Sussex last Monday. Two men attacked the boy in Middle Street in Hastings and stole his money.

The victim was walking from the HMV store towards Hastings railway station at 5pm when he was approached by two men and punched repeatedly.

The victim was not injured but had the speakers he had just bought stolen along with his black Armani Jeans messenger bag with two vertical white stripes on, which contained some Armani Diamonds aftershave and £30 in cash in a black Nike wallet.

The first man is described as a white, aged 18 to 25, 5' 10" and of muscular build with blonde or light brown hair. He was wearing a black hooded top with a front zip, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers.

The second man is described as a white, aged 18 to 25, 5' 7" and of stocky build. He was wearing a, grey jacket and grey joggers with a black hat.

"This is an unprovoked attack that has resulted in items being stolen from a boy who was on his own, fortunately he was not injured. We would like to speak to anyone who saw the incident as there were several people seen in the area."

– Detective Constable Paul Semple

Man attacked on cycle track

Police are appealing for witness after a man was attacked on the cycle track south of Cambridge Road in Gosport. The 23-year-old was knocked from his cycle and assaulted by two unknown men sometimes between 12 and 12.40pm on Thursday, May 8.

He was then punched and hit with a metal pole causing him injuries consistent with grievous bodily harm

We think this was a targeted attack and not random. This is a very rare occurrence in our area. I am appealing for witnesses who may have seen what happened. It’s likely there would have been other people around at the time of day it happened. I would ask anyone with any information about the incidents gives me a call at Fareham CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymoously on 0800 555 111.”

– Detective Constable Debbie Barron


Warning over cow attacks on ramblers

Ramblers are being warned of the dangers of walking in fields full of cows.

East Sussex County Council is warning people that the normally docile animals can become aggressive towards walkers, especially when calves are present.

Last year there were a number of incidents nationally where walkers were seriously injured, and even killed by cattle while walking through fields.

The National Farmers’ Union and The Ramblers say cows can feel threatened by dogs and are, therefore, more likely to attack.

“Thankfully, serious incidents involving walkers and cattle are rare, but we would recommend that people take every precaution when enjoying the East Sussex countryside,” said Cllr Carl Maynard.

Woman hospitalised after dog attack

A woman from Dorset has been taken to hospital after she was severely bitten by a dog.

The victim was walking her dog at St Catherine's Hill in Christchurch and saw a man walking a large dog ahead of them.

As they passed the dog jumped up and bit the woman on the arm.

The 67-year-old woman from Bournemouth sustained a severe arm injury that required hospital treatment.

This unprovoked attack left the victim very distressed and requiring medical attention. I’m appealing for the owner of the offending dog, so we can ascertain exactly what happened. He is described as white, approximately five feet six inches tall, of big build and in his fifties. He is balding but with grey hair, clean shaven and was wearing a dark blue jacket. His dog has been described as a large, stocky, full grown dog with the face of an English Bull Terrier but with a larger body."

– Police Sergeant Chris Vaughan, of Christchurch police

Two men jailed for 'unprovoked' attack

Two men have been jailed for a total of nineteen years following the death of a man in Canterbury in what police say was an unprovoked attack. David Wilkes was found unconscious in Dane John Gardens last July.

Lloyd Thorne, 22, and Peter Clement, 51, both of no fixed abode, appeared at Canterbury Crown Court.

Lloyd Thorne and Peter Clement were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court Credit: Dorset Police

The court had heard how David Wilkes, 35, had been with friends in Dane John Gardens, Canterbury, on 23 July when he was assaulted.

At around 7pm, police were called to the scene where Mr Wilkes lay unconscious and bleeding.

He was taken to hospital but never regained consciousness and died on 29 July 2013.

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