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Boy, 14, from Canterbury arrested in connection to attack on German student Daniel Ezzedine

By Lydia Chantler-Hicks

A 14-year-old boy has been questioned by police in connection with a serious attack on a German schoolboy.

Daniel Ezzedine, 17, was airlifted to a London hospital after he suffered horrific injuries in a shocking gang attack in Rose Lane, Canterbury.

He remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Daniel Ezzedine Pic: Bassam Ezzedine / Facebook (13542841)
Daniel Ezzedine Pic: Bassam Ezzedine / Facebook (13542841)

Yesterday, a 14-year old boy from Canterbury was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and was taken into police custody.

Police today (July 9) confirmed he has been released on bail pending further enquiries

He is the eleventh and youngest person to be arrested as part of the investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Officers were called to Whitefriars Street at about 6pm on June 6, to reports that a teenage boy had been assaulted.

Daniel was rushed to hospital, where his family has said doctors initially gave him a 30% chance of survival - though he is now in an induced coma and his condition is said to be improving.

Police at the scene of the assault
Police at the scene of the assault

Three boys from Canterbury - aged 15, 16 and 17 - were arrested a fortnight ago in connection with the assault.

Seven other arrests were made in the days following the attack, as part of the investigation.

They include five more teenagers from Canterbury - two 15-year-old boys, a 16-year-old girl, and two boys aged 16 and 17.

Daniel Ezzedin was the victim of a gang attack in Canterbury (13542848)
Daniel Ezzedin was the victim of a gang attack in Canterbury (13542848)

A 17-year-old boy from Margate was also arrested, along with a 44-year-old man suspected of assisting an offender. They have all since been released on bail.

On June 20, KentOnline reported how Daniel's family is praying he will wake up so they can hear him laugh again.

His mother, as a non-EU citizen, had to wait three days to fly to the UK to see her son because of visa issues eventually resolved by Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield and Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

Daniel Ezzedine was the victim of the gang attack in Canterbury (13542855)
Daniel Ezzedine was the victim of the gang attack in Canterbury (13542855)

A fundraising appeal to support Daniel’s family has raised more than £14,000.

Police have yet to confirm if they believe the attack on Daniel Ezzedine was racially motivated.

But in the wake of the incident, hundreds of people descended on Canterbury for a “march against racism” to support the German schoolboy.

Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses or anyone with information to call them on 01843 222289, quoting the reference number 46/108995/19, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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