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Dartford man loses eye after savage catapult attack

PUBLISHED: 14:39 17 September 2012

A Dartford man is facing having his eye removed after being shot in the face with a catapult outside his home where children were playing.

The 31-year-old had opened the door one evening a few weeks ago to find two men at the doorstep.

They confirmed his name with him before shooting him with the catapult right into his eye, causing his eyeball to split.

He was taken to Maidstone hospital but nothing could be done to save his sight.

The two men were seen to run towards Hayes Road where they got into a white van and drove off.

Police are appealing for information about the incident, which happened at around 8pm on Friday 7 September in Birch Place.

The first man was approximately 5’8”, of stocky build, in his early 20’s and had dark straight short hair. He was wearing a white polo shirt and a thick dark jacket.

The second man was taller than the first, of slim build, tanned appearance and had mousey coloured hair and was wearing a beige jacket.

It is believed the two men were seen briefly talking to a man and woman on Stone Recreation Ground a short while before the assault.

Det Con Roger Harris said: “A number of children were playing in the garden during the assault which has left a man with severe injuries which will not only affect the rest of his life but will undoubtedly have a devastating impact on the rest of his family who were at the house during the assault.”

Anyone with information should contact officers on 101 quoting reference XY/27137/12. Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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