Man in his 60s confronted by ‘abusive’ youths and threatened by teen with a knife in Cliftonville

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A man in his 60s suffered verbal abuse from a group of youths, aged between 12-15, and was then threatened by another teen with a knife in Cliftonville.

It was reported that between 3.45pm and 4.10pm on Tuesday 24 July the man was walking along Queens Promenade and the lower prom, when he received verbal abuse from a total of four youths. A fifth teenager was then seen with a knife, and made threats to hurt him.

The suspect was described as a white boy with a tanned complexion, aged between 16 and 18 years old, of a medium build and about 5 ft 10 ins tall. He had short black hair and wore a grey and brown bag on his shoulders.

The victim was able to walk away safely without further issue.

Investigating officer PC Sam Lay said: “The victim had reportedly tried to speak to a boy about broken glass and litter and was then confronted by abusive teenagers shortly after.

“We believe that at the time there were people sitting out in the good weather near to this incident so we ask for any witnesses to come forward and help our enquiries.”

Witnesses can call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting ZY/43500/18.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.


  1. Wow! Action after just 5 days.
    Shame we are now getting a PR service instead of the police service we pay for.

  2. I am in my 70’s but made it my duty to confront all anti-social behaviour whenever I come across it. Yesterday about 2.30pm, I was sitting in a loop bus outside the Royal Pub in Ramsgate, waiting a few minutes for the bus to start, when I kept hearing bad language from the back. I gave them a mental Yellow card, and before the bus started when they made more foul language, and offensive remarks, I stood up and shouted to the boys, who were about 12 or 13, to “Cut out the filthy language, or I will call the police!”. They apologised, much to my surprise, but had I had to ask the bus driver to call the police, I wonder what would have happened?

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