Teenager arrested in connection with serious assault of Westgate pensioner


A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of a serious assault in Westgate where a 74-year-old man was attacked in the communal area of warden assisted flats.

The man was struck and knocked unconscious by youths who, the victim’s stepdaughter said, had been entering Countess Mountbatten Court in Canterbury Road and ‘terrorising residents.’

Kent Police officers have been appealing for information since the incident, which took place between 5pm and 5.45pm on Tuesday 7 February.

The pensioner was assaulted after confronting a group of young people who were in the building. He suffered head and foot injuries and was taken to QEQM Hospital for treatment.

Yesterday (April 7) patrols were called to reports of anti-social behaviour in the same place. On arrival they spoke to a 15-year-old boy who matched the description of one of the suspects for the assault. The teen was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and has been released on police bail whilst enquiries continue.

Officers continue to appeal for witnesses and information. Call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/23933/23. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete an online form.


  1. This “boy” has now ruined his life! How stupid of him to attack in the the same place twice. Only lightening does that.
    Brain cells are few… and far between any of them.
    I am, however, very pleased that his stupidity has led him to be caught in the act.
    No sympathy… keep him in a safe place, until he is 74…. PLEASE!

  2. “keep him in a safe place, until he is 74…. PLEASE!”

    Are you suggesting that when he’s 74 he should be released into one of those unsafe “warden-assisted” flats? That would seem fair.

  3. Warden assisted? I doubt it, not 24 hours a day then was it? I bought one of these types of warden assisted flats some years ago, but the management couldn’t run a bath. I recovered £78,000 for the residents who had been overcharges on their service charge, but I got out as I could see it made no difference to the management incompetence!

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