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Pensioner fighting for his life in hospital following Chatham brawl

14:06 23 September 2016

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Police have charged five people in connection with the incident

A brawl in Chatham in the early hours of Thursday morning has left a pensioner fighting for his life in hospital.

Kent Police was called at 2.19am to a report of a disturbance involving a number of people in The Brook, where a 28-year-old man suffered what appeared to be a stab wound.

He has since been discharged from hospital but a 69-year-old man was also reported to have been assaulted and has life-threatening injuries and is the intensive care unit of a London hospital.

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the incident and police are not looking for anyone else at this time.

Jason Holmes, 44, from Sheerness; Barry Pozzoli, 28, from Chatham; and Aaron Smith, 21, from Chatham, have all been charged with causing grievous bodily harm in relation to the injured 69-year-old.

Ricky Blackwell, 23, from Swanscombe, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm in relation to the injured 28-year-old, as well as to another man in a separate incident in Swanscombe.

Mr Holmes, Mr Pozzoli and Mr Blackwell are due to appear before Medway magistrates today (Friday) while Mr Smith is due to appear tomorrow (Saturday).

Ben Coulson, 26, from Strood, has been charged with two counts of criminal damage relating to a smashed car windscreen and a cell door at Medway Police Station.

He has been bailed to appear before Medway magistrates on October 11.

A 69-year-old man arrested on suspicion of affray remains on bail until October 7 and a 17-year-old girl who was also arrested has been released without charge.

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