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Off-duty police officers break up fight in St Margaret's Street, Canterbury after joining city centre ghost tour

08 March 2014
by Jamie Bullen

Three off-duty police officers were forced to break up a fight between two men in Canterbury city centre last night. 

The officers were on a ghost tour when the attack took place outside the Slatters Hotel in St Margaret's Street at about 8.30pm. 

They restrained both men until police arrived on the scene before they continued the tour along the city's spooky haunts. 

Ghost tour leader John Hippisley dialled 999 after witnessing the assault.

Ghost tour leader John Hippisley dialled 999 after witnessing the assault.

Tour leader John Hippisley says he dialled 999 after witnessing the attack which started when a man being chased ran past the party. 

He said: "A guy came running past us at speed towards the Three Tuns pub another guy gave chase and caught up to him at Slatters Hotel where he punched him heavily. 

"He bounced back off the glass which surprised me because I thought it would give way. Then about 15 to 20 teenagers came up shouting "call the police, call the police."
"I called 999 but fortunately in my tour party were three off-duty police officers, two from the Met and one from Holland."

Police spokesman Adam Westgarth said officers attended the incident which was resolved at the scene. 

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