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German student attack in Canterbury: Three more arrests over assault on Daniel Ezzedine

By Jack Dyson

Three more arrests have been made in connection with the attack that has left a German schoolboy fighting for his life.

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

His family has said doctors initially gave him a 30% chance of survival, but he is now in an induced coma and his condition is said to be improving.

Daniel Ezzedine Pic: Bassam Ezzedine / Facebook (12689550)
Daniel Ezzedine Pic: Bassam Ezzedine / Facebook (12689550)

Three boys from Canterbury - aged 15, 16 and 17 - were arrested this morning in connection with the assault, which occurred at about 6pm on Thursday, June 6. They remain in police custody.

In all, 10 people have now been arrested.

Among them were five teenagers from Canterbury - two 15-year-old boys, a 16-year-old girl, and two boys aged 16 and 17.

Police at the scene of the assault in June
Police at the scene of the assault in June

A 17-year-old boy from Margate was also arrested, along with a 44-year-old man suspected of assisting an offender.

Last week, 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.

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 on Wednesday 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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