Friday, December 23, 2005

Another Gang Assault Puts Local Man in Hospital

Another brutal gang assault has taken place in Thanet to add to what seems a commonplace occurrence. Last night, Thursday, in Ramsgate, a 49-year-old man was badly beaten in a late-night attack and left in an alleyway overnight with severe injuries.

A passer-by found the victim slumped over a wall in the alley off Wilfred Road, near the railway station shortly after 6.20am this morning.

It is believed the attack took place some time after 11pm the previous night when he was walking to his home in Highfield Court after leaving the station.

The victim suffered serious injuries, including broken ribs, bruising and cuts around his chest. He was taken to the Queen Mother hospital at Margate for treatment.

According to the police, he was attacked by a group of at least three men in their late teens or early twenties after being approached for a cigarette. This now appears to be a common pattern with no other reason than amusement for groups of youths to inflict life-threatening injuries on members of the public in the Thanet area..

Anyone who witnessed the assault or who has information about the incident is asked to contact Det Sgt Marcus Whitnell at Thanet police headquarters, 01843 222 192.

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