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Youths arrested for town attacks

PUBLISHED: 13:44 23 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:53 23 August 2010

SEVEN people have been arrested by police linking two serious assaults on two men in the town centre. Kent Police say the same group of young people could have been responsible for the assaults which both took place on the night of July 3 and the followi

SEVEN people have been arrested by police linking two serious assaults on two men in the town centre.

Kent Police say the same group of young people could have been responsible for the assaults which both took place on the night of July 3 and the following morning.

The first incident took place at 10.50pm in an alleyway which runs from the clock tower to Harmer Street. The victim, who is 41, was assaulted by a number of young people as he walked alone, suffering a broken jaw and a wound to his face which needed stitching in hospital.

At 12.50am on July 4, a 28-year-old polish man was assaulted on a walkway close to Baltic Wharf. His attackers were also a group of young people.

Investigating officer PC Geoff McCreery said: "Both incidents were unprovoked and opportunistic. In neither incident was the victim robbed. However, they were nasty attacks which happened at a time when there would have been people making their way home from pubs and clubs in the town.

"I believe that the same group may have been responsible and I would ask anyone with information to get in touch."

Seven young people, five men and two women, have since been arrested in connection with the assaults and bailed pending further inquiries.

If you have information which may help police with their investigation, contact PC McCreery at North Kent Police Station on 01474 366091.

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