POLICE have allayed fears that the assault on the Dutch student may be part of a spate of attacks on foreign students in Ashford. The incident caused fear among host families, with some advising their young guests not to go out at night. But officers say that this attack was isolated. South Kent Police spokesman Jon Green said: “This was a frightening incident for the young lad. But we believe this was an isolated incident and there is nothing to suggest he was targeted as a foreign student.” Veronica Soper, a student host in Ashford, had voiced host family fears saying: “It has got to the point where the visiting students are not allowed to go out at night. It makes Ashford seem like a bad place.” Janice Blundell, an exchange visit organiser for Ashford, said: “We are pleased with the police response to incidents such as this. “But we advise foreign students going out in the evening never to carry their passports. They are not needed and photocopies can be used for identification. “They should also carry limited amounts of money and few, if any, valuables.” Confirmed reports of previous attacks on foreign students over the years have come from other parts of east Kent, such as Shepway and Thanet. Folkestone set up a Shepway Overseas Liaison Group as far back as 1997 to make sure foreign students were not targeted by thieves. It was established with police working with Shepway Council and language schools. There was a spate of attacks in the town in 2003 when one foreign student was robbed at The Stade and three young Germans were assaulted in Radnor Park on the same day.