Teen arrested over four hour paintball gun spree firing at residents and businesses in Thanet

Emergency services

A teenager has been arrested after residents and businesses were shot at with a paintball gun in Broadstairs and Ramsgate last night (February 16).

Officers, including two armed police who were already in the area, responded to several reports from those targeted by a person in a black car.

One witness said: “Someone in a black Golf was driving around Broadstairs and Ramsgate shooting paint pellets indiscriminately at residents and businesses,

“Reports were made to the police from 7pm and the car was eventually stopped by armed police at around 11:30pm at McDonalds.

“For more than four hours this car was driven around the island shooting at people despite the town’s CCTV and police being notified.”

A Kent Police spokesman said: “At 11.20pm on Saturday 16 February Kent Police officers arrested a man at a car park in Margate Road, Broadstairs, following a number of reports of paintballs being fired from a car at residents and property in the local area.”

A 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault and possession of cannabis. He remains in custody pending further enquiries.


  1. Are we sure this isn’t some artistic, creative enterprise? ‘Painting the town’ is often seen as a cheap way of brightening-up our dreary ill-maintained local architecture. Hmmm, it does sound like it may have been unfortunately and unintentionally sponsored by Quex.

  2. The punk who done it has given paintballers an bad name he needs to face an paintball firing squad of 5 and 500 rounds in the hopper each.

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