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30 December 2010, 15:07
Kent Police have released CCTV images of two men they believe could have vital information about a serious assault in Murston, Sittingbourne, on Tuesday 28 December 2010.
The men are seen walking separately along Church Road near the Co-op at around the same time a man was assaulted in an unprovoked attack. (pictures below)
The 48-year-old victim is being treated in hospital following the incident, which happened on the corner of Tonge Road and Church Road, near the Co-op, shortly before 7.53pm.
He was taken by ambulance to Medway Maritime Hospital and was transferred to a London hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning. Today his condition is said to be critical but stable.
Detective Inspector Emma Banks from Mid Kent’s Area Major Enquiry Team said: “The victim, who is a local man, was out with a friend for the evening when the incident happened.
“They were walking along Church Road when, according to witnesses, there was a brief altercation between a third man, who punched the victim in the face. This blow caused him to fall to the floor and hit his head, leaving him with a serious head injury.
“It was an unprovoked attack which has left the victim critically ill in hospital and we are determined to identify and bring the offender to justice.”
DI Banks added: “It was a busy evening and several people and cars passed the Co-op in the minutes immediately before and after the assault.
“These include a small black hatchback and a silver or white saloon car, which both drove past heading towards the Eurolink Industrial Estate at about the time of the incident.
“They also include these two men, who were recorded on CCTV in the area at the time. We believe they have vital information about events leading up to the assault and we urge them to come forward to talk to police.”
Officers have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the area and DI Banks paid tribute to local people for helping detectives piece together the sequence of events.
She said: “With the help of the public we are getting a clearer picture of what happened that night and ask anyone else with information, however minor it might seem, to come forward.”
Anyone who was in the area on Tuesday evening and may have seen what happened, or events leading up to it, should contact Sittingbourne Police Station on 01795 419161 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”