Mum appeals for witnesses or footage of ‘hit and run’ in Westbrook

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The mother of a 19-year-old who was the victim of a ‘hit and run’ in Westbrook is appealing for witnesses or people with CCTV/Ring doorbell footage to contact police.

The woman, who has asked not to be identified, says her son is still in pain and on crutches three months after the incident.

The teenager was hit in Barnes car park at Royal Esplanade at around 11.20pm on September 6.

An 18-year-old has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently on police bail.

The mum said: “My son was seriously injured with an open fracture of his tibia and fibula and had emergency surgery to insert a metal rod and pins in his leg. He is still unable to weight bear and he is still on crutches.

“He is unable to work at the moment. It is life-changing to go through major surgery and he is still in a lot of pain.

“I am hoping someone might have seen the silver Corsa or might have CCTV or Ring doorbell [footage].

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police was called to a report of a collision between a car and a pedestrian in a car park near Royal Esplanade, Westbrook at around 11.20pm on Wednesday 6 September 2023.

“Officers attended along with South East Coast Ambulance Service and the pedestrian was taken to a local hospital.

“The car involved was not at the scene when officers attended and, following enquiries by Thanet CID, an 18-year-old man was arrested in relation to the incident.

“The man has since been bailed pending further enquiries and an investigation is ongoing.”

Anyone with information can contact Kent Police on 101 quoting reference 46/160370/23


  1. This car park is used as a playpen for young men (yet to see a female so think that’s accurate) to do ‘exciting’ stunts in their cars. Often this involves racing up & down the slope that leads to Royal Esplanade. The slope curves round creating a blind spot so with no separate path for those on foot, pedestrians are particularly at risk. The car park is not large, the nutters play fast – they ignore incoming & outgoing vehicles, parked cars, everyone. I have some sympathy for bored young men who need an element of risk in their lives. But not in this context. Royal Esplanade generally is used as a race track, especially after dark, I hear it most nights.

    • It does indeed beg the question as to what the victim was doing in the car park, in the dark, at that time of night ?

      An innocent bystander just watching the ”boy racer” activities ?

  2. It’s about time the police had a clamp down on stupid idiots who think their are boy races, but they are thick beyond believe who race around carparks and retail parks and other roads thinking they’re playing Dukes of Hazzard they put members of the public and themselves at risk. It wasn’t long ago, one of them was killed. Judging by the amount of rubber that they leave in skidmarks on the road their tyres cannot be legal afterwards they must have bald patches on them. They don’t all live in THANET. They drive down from Herne Bay and Whitstable driving at speed of 100 miles an hour not a police car insight.

  3. I hope you get what you need to bring this person to justice. And best wishes to your son for a full recovery

  4. You get all this speeding around almost everywhere where there is a long straight road without humps in Thanet most nights when normal people are at home in bed. All that bang, bang, bang sounds from the cars they think they are in a Fast and Furious movie. Never see a police car or even a copper on the streets.

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