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Man seriously ill after attack

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A 40-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital following an assault in Canterbury, say police.

The victim, who had a pre-existing medical condition, was punched to the ground in Whitehall Bridge Road and found by passers-by who called an ambulance.

It happened in the early hours of Friday, March 23, but police have only just released the details and appealed for witnesses.

The man says he was attacked by two men wearing hoodies and believes one was holding a knife, although the weapon is not thought to have been used in the incident.

Detective Inspector Emma Banks said: "We know that the victim had left his place of work in the High Street at about 10.45pm on Thursday, March 22.

"We believe he was planning to visit two pubs, one in Black Griffin Lane and one in The Friars, before making his way home. But some time before 1.30am he was assaulted."

The victim is still being treated in the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford where his condition is described as ‘serious’.

Det Insp Banks added: "We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident itself or saw the victim being followed as he walked past the Westgate Towers on his way towards Whitehall Bridge Road."

Anyone with information is asked to phone Kent Police on 01227 868278 quoting reference number 23-0062. Alternatively ring Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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