Five Charged Over Chatham Brawl

Five people have been charged following a serious incident in The Brook in Chatham on Thursday

Kent Police was called at 2.19am to a report of a disturbance involving a number of people.

One man aged 28 suffered an injury consistent with a stab wound but has since been discharged from hospital.

A second man aged 69 was also reported to have been assaulted during the incident. His condition has since deteriorated and his injuries are now described as being life-threatening. He is currently in the intensive care unit of a London hospital.

No other injuries were reported.

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the incident and police are not looking for anyone else at this time.

Jason Holmes, 44, from Sheerness; Barry Pozzoli, 28, from Chatham; and Aaron Smith, 21, from Chatham, have all been charged with causing grievous bodily harm in relation to the injured 69-year-old.

Ricky Blackwell, 23, from Swanscombe, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm in relation to the injured 28-year-old, as well as to another man in a separate incident in Swanscombe.

Mr Holmes, Mr Pozzoli and Mr Blackwell are due to appear before Medway magistrates today (Friday 23 September). Mr Smith is due to appear tomorrow (Saturday 24 September).

Ben Coulson, 26, from Strood, has been charged with two counts of criminal damage relating to a smashed car windscreen and a cell door at Medway Police Station. He has been bailed to appear before Medway magistrates on Tuesday 11 October.

A 69-year-old man arrested on suspicion of affray remains on bail until Friday 7 October.

A 17-year-old girl who was also arrested has been released without charge.


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