Man Arrested Over Alleged Race Attack

Police officers in Medway have arrested a man after an alleged racist assault in Gillingham High Street.

The 27-year-old is being questioned on suspicion of racially aggravated assault, threats to damage property and a public order offence following an incident outside a shop at 5pm on Thursday.

It is the second allegedly race-related attack in the town in the wake of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in a suspected terror attack in south east London on Wednesday.

A mosque was attacked hours after Drummer Rigby's death. A window and a bookcase were smashed at the building on Canterbury Street at 8.40pm that night.

A man has been charged in connection with religiously aggravated criminal damage and burglary in connection with the incident. He is due in court today.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge from Kent Police said: "We have made it clear what our approach will be to any reports of crime or disorder following the incident in Woolwich on 22 May.

"We will be continuing that approach and will act swiftly to bring anyone into custody that is suspected of committing any offences."

Extra police patrols are on the streets of Kent in the wake of the murder of soldier Drummer Lee Rigby on Wednesday. In particular, there is an increased presence at places of worship and army barracks in the county.

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