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Arrest after van is driven at pedestrians in High Street, New Romney

A man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a van was filmed chasing two pedestrians.

The attack, which was captured on video and shared widely on social media, happened in New Romney High Street, on Romney Marsh, on Tuesday.

The video shows a white van appearing to attack pedestrians
The video shows a white van appearing to attack pedestrians

The footage shows a white van accelerating towards a man in the road near a Premier store at around 11.45am.

As the man runs out of the way, the van drives onto the pavement and narrowly misses a larger group of walkers.

It then chases a second man, who sprints across the road away from it.

The first man is then seen pursuing the van and attempts to hit it with what appears to be some form of belt.

The van then drives away down the road.

One man is seen chasing the van with what looks like a belt
One man is seen chasing the van with what looks like a belt

All the people involved are said to be known to each other.

A witness, who manages the Premier shop, said of the incident: "I heard people arguing outside while I was in the shop, and when I came out I saw the man in the van trying to run people over.

"I've seen the video and it only shows him trying once round- he actually tried twice before that, so three times round in total before driving off."

Today, police revealed that a man, aged 48 and from Tenterden, has now been arrested in connection with the disturbance.

A spokesman for the force said: "Kent Police was called at 11.45am on Tuesday after two men were reportedly assaulted in an incident involving individuals known to one another.

"A van was reportedly driven at them, without making contact, and no serious injuries were reported.

"A 48-year-old, from the Tenterden area, has now been arrested on suspicion of assault and dangerous driving and bailed until February 5.

"Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing."

Witnesses are asked to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/8443/20.

Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or using the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

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