Man arrested after clubber, 25, stabbed at Casino Rooms in Rochester
by Dan Bloom
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a
stabbing at a Rochester nightclub.
Police and ambulance crews gathered outside the Casino
Rooms, in Blue Boar Lane, off Rochester High Street, 10 minutes
before closing time in the early hours of Saturday.
Kent Police said an incident that began in the club, which was
hosting a "Frisky Fridays" night until 3am, spilled onto the
It appeared the 25-year-old victim, from Rochester, knew
He needed surgery after suffering what were believed to be four
stab wounds to his hip, torso, shoulder and forearm.
He was treated in hospital where his injuries, also thought to
include swelling and bruising, were described as serious but not
It is believed police were able to recover a knife at the scene
and examined CCTV footage from the nightclub.
Club owner Aaron Stone is a director of the Safer Medway
partnership, which aims to cut night-time crime.
He said: "The incident took place in Blue Boar Lane and not
inside the venue. A small pen knife was found on the road and not
in the venue."
He added: "We are assisting the police in their investigation
and the venue continued business as normal on the following night
"Whilst this incident is indeed both unfortunate and unpleasant,
we remain fully committed to public safety and can assure the
general public that Rochster is a safe place to visit and
The attack happened at 2.50am on Saturday.
A 24-year-old Sittingbourne man was arrested on suspicion
of attempted murder and bailed while officers continued their
A Kent Police spokesman said: "A man was arrested on
suspicion of attempted murder following a report of a serious
"The 24-year-old from Sittingbourne has been released on police
bail pending further enquiries.
"The victim is a 25-year-old from Rochester. His injuries are
serious, though not life-threatening. It is understood he knew the
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