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Larkfield stabbing: Craig Graham, of Aylesford, charged

By Ed McConnell

A 30-year-old has appeared in court charged with stabbing a man following a brawl in Larkfield.

Craig Graham, of Royal British Legion Village, Aylesford entered no plea to charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, damaging a BMW to the value of more than £5,000, possession of a knife and possession of cannabis when he appeared via video link at Medway Magistrates' Court this morning.

He was one of six people arrested following the serious assault on Saturday morning in which Terry Coyle was stabbed.

Police. Stock image

Police. Stock image

Police were called at 3am to an altercation outside the Esso petrol station in London Road, Ditton, involving a group of people.

After the incident Mr Coyle began to walk home but was ambushed and violently assaulted near Larkfield Fire Station in New Hythe Lane.

His condition was yesterday described as serious but stable.

Graham has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday, August 28. 

Two men, aged 29 and 30 and a woman aged 35, all from Aylesford, have been bailed pending further inquiries until next Monday. Two men, both aged 21 and from the West Malling area, have been released pending further investigation. 

Anyone with information who hasn’t already contacted police is urged to call 01622 604100, quoting reference 29-0170. Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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