Man suffers burns after noxious substance thrown at him in St Laurence Churchyard

Police at the scene Photo Tyrone Keen

Witnesses are being sought after a man was assaulted with a noxious substance in Ramsgate.

The victim reported that at about 8.20pm yesterday (February 11) he was walking along Manston Road and as he entered the St Laurence graveyard, he had a noxious substance thrown at him.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment to burns to the back of his head. He remains in hospital where his injuries are described as non-life threatening.

An investigating has been launched to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.

No arrests have been made.

Photo Tyrone Keen

District Commander for Thanet, Chief Inspector Ian Swallow said: “We would like to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed anything to get in touch.

“Anyone with dashcam or doorbell footage in the area from Margate Road, on to Newington Road and Manston Road, please could you check for anything that may help officers with the investigation.

“Incidents like these are rare but we do not underestimate the impact it has on a community and as a result an increased police presence will be seen in the area as we continue to carry out enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference 46/23590/24.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or use the online form.


  1. Hope the victim is ok and recovers with no lasting health and mental health problems people who commit acid attacks are the most vile people on the planet.
    What’s the betting that the offender has a criminal record with numerous convictions but is yet to see a day in a prison cell ?

  2. That churchyard needs sorting out it attracts all the drunks and drug addicts and drug dealers, have a look In there it’s all overgrown where anyone can hide at anytime, reason why it’s overgrown ? Because they allowed it to be for wildlife etc, it needs gutting out so people can feel safe walking through there

    • It does beg the question as to why there seems to be a significant number of people continuing to enter St Laurence Churchyard during the hours of darkness despite the number of attacks that have taken place there ?

      Why would a normal person going about their day-to-day business walk through there and put themselves at risk rather than stick to the lit public footpaths ?

  3. whatever next in this hell hole , the streets ( or even consecrated ground ) are not safe . and this is a good way from the town centre and seafront .

    • You need to look in there it attracts all the crime because of the overgrowth everywhere even in daytime walking through isn’t safe they can hide anywhere, Ramsgate town council need to get there fingers out there arse and sort it , at end of the day it’s a resting place for the deceased and should be kept nice show some respect

        • It was decided by the council at the time a few years ago to let grow wild for wildlife a lady called Barbara in the person who wanted it for wildlife no consideration for grave stones or peoples safety while walking through there day or night, so many places to hide as all overgrown needs gutting out for safety reasons

      • Thanet lad

        I think you will find the church of England own the church. So nothing to do with RTC. Its private land, as its private land and belongs to the church, the church can leave the grounds as they like.

        • Confused you are wrong, Ramsgate town council take care of the churchyard it use to be Thanet council, the church doesn’t say this and that about how they want the grounds

          • I doubt I’m wrong I’m fairly sure the church of England own the church. So it will be down to the church of England how their church yard is managed. Perhaps RTC or TDC might help out every now and again.

        • Friends of St Laurence Churchyard gardening group look after it on a regular basis. RTC collect the green waste once a week and there is usually at least two ton bags worth

  4. No police patrols due to Tory cuts, expect more Tory cuts following the election if they get in, because you can’t cover the cost of Services, let alone essential services such as the security of our nation with adequate funds for the services, or schools, police, elder care, social services. There are no consequences for crimes as they are unlikely to be caught.

    • Yes there is go look for urself the place is a disgrace breeding ground for trouble it’s only a matter of time before there’s more crime in there

  5. Confused Ramsgate town council do a bit In there where the gardens of rest area is for cremated remains , that’s only part in there maintained

        • Thanet lad

          Why are you so upset about this. Dont walk through the graveyard you only save about a minute !.

          The people of the church and the church of England seem happy with the churchyard be set aside for nature. Just because you dont like it doesnt mean you get your own way.

          You sound just like a pro manston supporters, you dont like anyone has a right to a view you dont agree with.

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