Teenager stabbed in attempted mobile phones robbery in Ashford park
Police cordoned off and
secured the site of the attack
Detectives are appealing for witnesses
after a teenager was stabbed in the stomach during an attempted
An 18-year-old man was walking through
Victoria Park, in Jemmett Road, Ashford, with a friend on
Saturday evening when they were approached by a man
who demanded their phones.
But before he could get his phone out
of his pocket, he felt a punch in the stomach and realised he
had been stabbed. Police were called to the park at around 9pm, but
the attacker had run off.
The teenager was taken to the William
Harvey Hospital and underwent surgery. He is believed to be in a
It is not known what weapon was used
to cause the injury. Police are now urging witnesses to come
DI Keith Roberts said: "We are
appealing to anyone in the park on Saturday evening to come forward
if they saw a man acting suspiciously.
"We have been told that a man on a
bike rode past the two friends just prior to the attempted robbery.
Was this the man who then came back or was it a witness who may
have seen the offender and could have valuable information?
"I cannot urge too strongly the
importance of coming forward if you saw something or have
information about this crime. The level of violence during an
attempt to steal a phone is highly unusual and this man needs to be
The man is described as about 5ft
10in, with dark hair and wearing a grey tracksuit with matching top
and bottoms. He had a scarf over the bottom half of his face.
Anyone with information is asked
to phone Kent Police on 101, giving reference 24-1445, or Kent
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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