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Lullingstone Castle death of Charlie Hilder investigation sees two teenagers arrested in south London

Two teenagers have been arrested following the death of a man at Lullingstone Castle.

Charlie Hilder suffered a heart attack after rocks were thrown at him following a fishing trip in the grounds of the stately home in Eynsford, near Dartford.

Police at the scene near Lullingstone Castle on May 28. Picture: UKnip
Police at the scene near Lullingstone Castle on May 28. Picture: UKnip

Detectives arrested an 18-year-old man and 17-year-old boy early this morning following a raid at a property in the village of Keston, near Bromley.

Both remain in custody after they were detained at 6.35am.

Police are continuing to appeal for information about Mr Hilder's death.

The 66-year-old from Essex died on May 28 after the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Ivan Beasley said: ‘We are continuing to gather information to help us establish the full circumstances leading up to Mr Hilder’s death and I would like to thank everyone who has provided us with information, so far.

Charles Hilder died on Thursday, May 28, after having a heart attack at Lullingstone Castle. Photo: Kent Police
Charles Hilder died on Thursday, May 28, after having a heart attack at Lullingstone Castle. Photo: Kent Police

"It remains important we speak to anyone else who may have attended Lullingstone Castle around this time, who have yet to contact the police.

"This includes visitors who may have taken photographs on their phones, or who may have video footage recorded on vehicle dash cams.

"If you haven’t already done so, please check any devices which may hold crucial information."

Police forensic officers gather evidence on the grounds of Lullingstone Castle. Pic: Yui Mok/PA
Police forensic officers gather evidence on the grounds of Lullingstone Castle. Pic: Yui Mok/PA

Drone footage was provided by the public after the incident to help police gather evidence.

Witnesses are urged to call police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 28-1127 or by Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, or by completing an online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Anybody with video footage can make a report through the Kent Police section of the Major Incident Public Reporting Site: https://mipp.police.uk/

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