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Sixth person arrested following attack on exchange student in Canterbury

A sixth person has been arrested after an exchange student was attacked.

Police say they have arrested a 44-year-old man, of no fixed address, on suspicion of assisting an offender after the incident in Canterbury.

It comes after the victim - believed to be a German boy - was airlifted to a London hospital after he was assaulted on Thursday in Whitefriars Street, between Tesco Extra and Primark.

The scene after the attack

He remains in a serious condition.

A 16-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and two 15-year-old boys, all from Canterbury, and a 17-year-old boy from Margate were arrested as part of the investigation.

All of the suspects have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Police cordon in Canterbury (11877817)
Police cordon in Canterbury (11877817)

Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield branded the attack a "shameful stain" on Canterbury.

Officers would like to thank all those who have already got in contact regarding the assault and they are urging anyone else who witnessed the incident or who has information that may assist the investigation to call on 01843 222289 quoting reference 06-1409.

Alternatively, you can call the independent charity, Crimestoppers in Kent, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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