Appeal for witness to come forward as investigation into chemical thrown at man in Ramsgate continues

The assault happened at St Laurence graveyard Photo Tyrone Keen

Detectives are renewing their appeal for witnesses after a ‘noxious substance’ was thrown at a man in Ramsgate.

Extensive enquiries have been carried out, including a review of local CCTV, since the incident in St Laurence graveyard in Manston Road reported to have taken place at around 8.20pm on Sunday (February 11).

Anyone who walked through the site between 8pm and 10pm on Sunday  is being urged to come forward with information.

The victim of the assault was taken to hospital for treatment after suffering burns to the back of his head.

Investigators believe there may have been people in the area who have not yet called police and could have important information.

They are particularly keen to speak to a man described as white, in his mid to late 20s, with short dark hair and glasses. He was wearing blue jeans and a black coat with a hood and is believed to have walked out of the churchyard at around 9pm.

The man is not being treated as a suspect, but officers think he could have witnessed something significant and might have information to help with their enquiries.

District Commander for Thanet, Chief Inspector Ian Swallow said: “We are also looking for any further dashcam or doorbell footage in the area from Margate Road, on to Newington Road and Manston Road, so 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. Plenty of comments regarding housing issues on the Isle ad infinitum, but next to no response when someone receives a chemical attack?

    Baby boomers are a grossly unsympathetic lot!

  2. what an awful thing to happen , it just confirms my opinion of ramsgate , well thanet in general as lawless dump , thats going to get much worse as thanet expands in most directions

  3. The place is a dump now, that churchyard is normally filled with “weed” heads in the evening.

    Why on earth anyone with common sense would want to save 30secs cutting through there in the dark is beyond me

    • Ditto that Scott! Is this area used by junkies? St Georges graveyard in Ramsgate had a problem with homeless camping there sometime ago. So what was the victim doing in a graveyard at that time of night?

  4. The last incident in that church yard was a police officer who fell over and hurt himself but then pretended someone else had attacked him. He ended up in prison for wasting police time.

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