Dutch stu­dent robbed by knife-wield­ing thugs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

A DUTCH stu­dent has vowed never to re­turn to Eng­land af­ter knife-wield­ing men robbed him and hit him with a base­ball bat.

The 16-year-old had a blade held to this throat when three young thugs tar­geted him in Ash­ford.

A mem­ber of the boy’s host fam­ily, who did not want to be named, said: “He was shak­ing when he came back home.

“He now says he does not want to come back to Eng­land again. This is even though pre­vi­ously he had been in Lon­don and found peo­ple quite friendly there.”

The boy was at­tacked in Lea­con Road, near the Mata­lan car park, at about 8.45pm on Wed­nes­day last week..

He was with a friend and no­ticed three men who had been ar­gu­ing with some men in a dark blue car, pos­si­bly a Seat Ibiza.

One of the men then shouted at the vic­tim, pulled a knife and held it against his throat.

The teenager was then hit on the left knee with a base­ball bat by a sec­ond thug.

The third man told him to hand over all his be­long­ings, in­clud­ing his pass­port, a Nokia mo­bile phone, a packet of cigarettes and some lighters

The as­sailants ran off, away from Brook­field Road.

The vic­tim was taken to William Har­vey Hospi­tal, suf­fer­ing from a bruised knee, and was kept there for two to three hours.

Be­cause his pass­port was taken he had to get tem­po­rary doc­u­men­ta­tion from Dutch of­fi­cials in Lon­don to travel home.

The vic­tim, who has not been named, had been stay­ing at the host’s home for five days, leav­ing for Hol­land last Fri­day .

He was part of a con­tin­gent of about 50 Dutch stu­dents from the Arn­hem secondary school Lorentz Lyceum who were stay­ing as guests with fam­i­lies all over Ash­ford.

Po­lice have is­sued de­scrip­tions of two of the peo­ple they are seek­ing in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

One is 17 to 20 years old, 5ft 7in, wear­ing a grey hooded top with a zip down the front and a black scarf.

He was hold­ing a sil­ver metal base­ball bat.

The sec­ond is also 17 to 20, and wear­ing a long sleeved black hooded jacket.

There is no de­scrip­tion of the third per­son.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion con­cern­ing this in­ci­dent should con­tact Det Con Sid­ney Cof­fin on 01233 611055 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111. See com­ment on page 10. What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8RJ or email ken­tishex press@thek­m­group.co.uk

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