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Murder charge after Maidstone attack

A man has been charged with murder after a man died following an incident in Maidstone.

The victim, a man in his 50's, sustained fatal injuries during the incident in Bower Place on Friday night.

A man has been charged with murder after the incident in Bower place. Picture: Rezu Chowdhury
A man has been charged with murder after the incident in Bower place. Picture: Rezu Chowdhury

Officers were called to the scene just after 6.30pm alongside ambulance services and the air ambulance.

The victim was airlifted to a London hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

A second man in his 30's was also assaulted, and treated for his injuries at the scene.

Detectives commenced a murder investigation and two men were arrested in connection with the incident the same evening.

Lance Colston, 36, from Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, has been charged with murder and actual bodily harm.

Bower place in Maidstone where a murder investigation has been launched
Bower place in Maidstone where a murder investigation has been launched

Oliver Watts, 33 and also from Tonbridge Road, has been charged with actual bodily harm.

Both have been remanded in custody and will appear before Medway Magistrates’ on Monday 3 August 2020.

An eyewitness said: "We just saw all the police cars on Bower Place, the whole road is cordoned off with police tape.

Police cordoned off both ends of Bower Place and the entrance into Hever Gardens.

People living there were told to stay indoors while ambulance crews rushed to the man's aid forensic teams searched the road.

Police tape was still visible at the scene the following day
Police tape was still visible at the scene the following day

One man, who has recently moved to the road, said he could hear raised voices and what sounded like an altercation before emergency services arrived.

He said: "I could hear shouting coming from the Fant end of the road and moving up towards the Tonbridge Road side.

"It sounded like someone's name was being called, and then all of a sudden, I heard sobbing and words like 'Oh my God.' The sobbing was really loud.

"Not long afterwards I could hear police and ambulance crews arrive and the air ambulance was flying really low.

"There were ambulance crews in the road too, but one of them struggled to get through with the road being narrow and lots of parked cars."

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