Dutch student robbed by knife-wielding thugs
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 email@example.com