Published: 14:25, 21 December 2021
| Updated: 15:19, 21 December 2021
A man has been arrested following an attack on Santa.
Danielle Hoynes, 44, who organises the rides through the town for the delight of youngsters, said she also had her permit badge ripped off her chest during the incident.
She said: “It wasn’t very nice. Unfortunately, I didn’t think at the time and grabbed it back. I was so angry. In hindsight, it was a stupid thing to do.
“He could have been armed with a knife. The incident really shook us all up.”
Officers investigating a report that a man and a woman were assaulted in East Street, Sittingbourne, on Monday, December 6, say they have made an arrest.
A police spokesman said: "A 36-year-old man from Sittingbourne was detained on December 14 on suspicion of assault and causing harassment, alarm and distress. He was later released pending further enquiries."
Santa, who switched on the town's Christmas lights in November, has since returned to the road to carry on waving to the town's children.
Danielle added: “It is important an incident like that doesn’t stop one of the town’s best traditions. I just feel sorry for the people who did this. They must have very sad lives.”
Police were called and tracked down the suspect after viewing CCTV footage from Swale council’s security cameras.