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Elderly couple out of hospital after attack during break-in in Hextable

An elderly couple attacked in their home have been released from hospital.

John McDougall, 84, and his wife Jean, 89, suffered head injuries during a break-in last week and were taken to King’s College Hospital in London.

Both have now been released and are believed to have returned to their home in Panters, Hextable, part of a sheltered housing complex run by West Kent Housing Association.

Police in Panters, Hextable, after a raid by Aaron Davis
Police in Panters, Hextable, after a raid by Aaron Davis

A spokesman for the association said: “We are extremely shocked by what has happened and our primary concern is the welfare of the residents involved.

“Our staff were on site last week to reassure the other residents. We will review any actions that they, we and the police can take in the future.”

A teenager has been charged with two counts of burglary inflicting grievous bodily harm at Panters in Hextable.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with the offence, which happened on October 15.

He was also charged with one further count of burglary in Emersons Avenue, Swanley, on October 16.

He appeared in court on October 19 and was remanded in custody pending a youth court appearance on November 6.

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