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Ashford: Anthony Bass attacked by 'catapult-wielding youths' in Cheeseman's Green Lane

A dad has been left with horrific facial injuries after being set upon by a group of catapult-wielding youths.

Anthony Bass was driving his white Ford KA down Cheeseman's Green Lane in Sevington, Ashford, when he spotted a group of youngsters in the middle of the road.

He stopped his car and spoke to the group but was then hit in the face by an object believed to have been launched by a catapult.

The dad-of-two pictured after the attack. Picture: Zoe Clare
The dad-of-two pictured after the attack. Picture: Zoe Clare

He then described being knocked to the floor where he was further assaulted.

The incident happened yesterday at about 5pm.

Officers searched the area shortly after but no suspects were located.

The victim was treated at the William Harvey Hospital after sustaining facial injuries and received stitches in his eyebrow.

Anthony's partner Zoe Clare said: "My partner was coming home from work and the bunch of youths were in middle of the road.

"He suggested that they move because it was 60mph road and they could get hurt.

The car was also damaged. Picture: Zoe Clare
The car was also damaged. Picture: Zoe Clare

"They then fired catapults at him and his car and took his car keys and threw them into a bush. An owner of a nearby cottage came out to help him and contacted the police.

"He had four or five stitches in his eyebrow and has a massive swollen eye. He also has cuts all over his head and arms.

"I had to leave our six-year-old and eight-month-old to go to him.

"He now cannot work and we now have to pay for the damage. The mental trauma to him and our kids when they see him are irreparable."

A fundraising page has since been set up to raise money to cover the cost of the car repairs.

Paul Harnett, from Bearsted, who set up the Go Fund Me page, said: "Anthony was viciously attacked and his family’s car damaged by mindless violence, let’s help fix their car and restore their faith in the local community."

To view the page, click here.

Police are appealing for information and any witnesses are asked to contact them by calling 01843 222289 quoting reference 46/33369/19.

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