‘Sword f ight’ leaves three wounded

Po­lice plea for wit­nesses as teens ar­rested

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Blood On The Streets - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk Two teenagers were ar­rested af­ter a street fight re­port­edly in­volv­ing a Samurai sword and a base­ball bat in South Ash­ford left three peo­ple in hos­pi­tal.

Of­fi­cers were called to Christchurch Road, near the fast food restau­rant KFC at the junc­tion with Beaver Road , at around 12.15pm on Mon­day af­ter be­ing alerted to a re­port of an as­sault.

Wit­nesses to the in­ci­dent re­ported see­ing a Samurai sword and a base­ball bat.

Three men were taken to the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal to be treated for in­juries be­lieved to have been caused by a bladed weapon. Two have since been re­leased. A third, who is aged 27, was trans­ferred to a dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tal with se­vere in­juries to his hands, and needed surgery.

Of­fi­cers cor­doned off the scene af­ter the in­ci­dent, which saw a bloody cloth left in the street.

Crime scene investigators were also called to the road to try to es­tab­lish the na­ture of the in­ci­dent.

Wit­ness Bijay Shrestha was at work in Gurkha Lim­ited, in Christchurch Road, when the in­ci­dent oc­curred. He said: “I saw

a man with blood on his hand on the cor­ner of Christchurch Road. “He was with five or six other guys. They flagged the am­bu­lance down. Then the po­lice came.” Two young men, aged 19 and 16, from Ash­ford, were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of as­sault caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm. They were ques­tioned and have been re­leased on bail un­til March 20. Now po­lice are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion and urg­ing wit­nesses to come for­ward to as­sist in their search for another man in­volved in the in­ci­dent.

He is de­scribed as white, 5ft 4in tall, with blond hair, and was wear­ing blue jeans with tur­nups and brown boots.

Det Insp Max David­son said: “This as­sault hap­pened in broad day­light.

“It would have been no­ticed by a num­ber of peo­ple, both liv­ing in the area and pass­ing through, as an un­usual in­ci­dent in Ash­ford.

Jus­tice

“We have spo­ken to sev­eral peo­ple who have given us in­for­ma­tion but we would like any­one who has not come for­ward to con­tact us so that we can bring to jus­tice those re­spon­si­ble for the as­sault.”

Po­lice seal off the area as a blood-stained cloth marks the spot where the fight took place near the junc­tion of Christchurch Road and Beaver Road

Det Insp Max David­son

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