Former Swanscombe and Greenhithe mayor released after assault arrest

PUBLISHED: 14:31 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:31 09 May 2017

Vic Openshaw pictured as Mayor of Swanscombe and Greenhithe in 2013.

Vic Openshaw pictured as Mayor of Swanscombe and Greenhithe in 2013.


It follows an incident in Dartford last week

A former Swanscombe and Greenhithe mayor is at the centre of an assault investigation.

Victor Openshaw, who was elected as a town councillor in 2011 with the Swanscombe and Greenhithe Residents Association and had stood at a number of elections beforehand, also served as mayor for the town council until 2013.

Last week, a fight reportedly broke out at a Dartford home, and Mr Openshaw was arrested on suspicion of assault, along with another man believed to be his son-in-law.

A spokesperson from Kent Police said: “Kent Police is investigating an altercation between two men which is reported to have taken place at an address in Radzan Close, Dartford, between 4.30pm and 4.56pm on Wednesday May 3.”

The 64-year-old, and 37-year-old Mark Scamp, were both released later the same day, pending further enquiries.

Family of Mr Openshaw confirmed the former town councillor had been arrested, but declined to comment.

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