News Plea for witnesses to aacks

KENT Police are appealing for witnesses following reports of vi- olent night-time robbery attacks of two men in the same part of Maid- stone. The first happened along the

banks of the River Medway, near the Archbishop’s Palace, on Febru- ary 25.

Officers are investigating allega-

tions a 57-year-old victim was fol- lowed by three men in Palace Avenue, near to the famous county town landmark, on the Saturday evening between 9.35pm and 10pm. According to reports of the inci-

dent, the three men approached him where they are then alleged to

have stolen his mobile phone before knocking him to the ground. Four days earlier, three men are

also reported to have approached a 19-year-old man in Mill Street, close to the Archbishop’s Palace. It was reported that between 1.30am and 1.45am they asked him for a cigarette before punching him, knocking him to the floor. While on the floor, the trio con-

tinued to punch and kick him be- fore reaching into his pocket and stealing a mobile phone. The phone, whichwas an iPhone

5c in yellow, also had sentimental value to the victim as it contained a sticker photo of his grandfather on

the back.Anorange lighterwas also stolen from the man. In both incidents, the three men

have been described as being of Eastern European appearance and aged in their twenties to early thir- ties.

One man is described as being around 5ft 4in with a slim build with the second man being de- scribed as being 5ft 11in and of a medium build. Both men were re- ported as having beards. Anyone with information can call

Kent Police on 01622 604100 quot- ing crime reference YY/5099/17 or Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The Archbishop’s Palace – close to the scene of two violent attacks

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