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Police identify youths after attacks on Halling shopkeeper

Kent Police say they have identified a number of children after a shopkeeper was subjected to a campaign of harassment and attacked.

Vinay Patel of Best One off licence in Halling spoke out earlier this month after he was pushed and verbally abused in the latest of a series of attacks on his shop.

Vinay Patel outside his shop in Halling
Vinay Patel outside his shop in Halling

He has since said how he was overwhelmed by support since news of the incidents was reported, but said more needed to be done by the authorities.

He also called for action from Rochester MP Kelly Tolhurst, who said she continues to work with police on the matter.

"I have been assisting Mr Patel with the issues that he has been facing at his shop, and continue to work with the police to reach a solution," said Ms Tolhurst. "I understand that the police have attended many face-to-face meetings with him and he has also been invited to a local police liaison group where a plan of action can be drawn up to resolve the issues he has encountered.

"I am always happy to meet with Mr Patel when I can. However, I have advised him that he should also engage directly with the Police especially through the group that he has been invited to join.

"I will continue do all I can to assist Mr Patel wherever I can."

MP Kelly Tolhurst
MP Kelly Tolhurst

Kent Police said officers regularly patrol Halling High Street and often speak with business holders about their concerns, including the recent reports of antisocial behaviour.

A statement added: "Officers have since identified a number of children who are suspected to have been involved and will determine a proportionate course of action."

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