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HUNTED: Three hammer-wielding suspects attack man in robbery near Maidstone

Thursday 17th September 2020

POLICE are searching three masked men armed with hammers who assaulted a man during a violent burglary at a house near Maidstone.

The victim was taken to hospital after the attack on September 14 at 10.30pm.

The suspects barged their way into the man's home in Nettlestead and demanded money.

The vicitm managed to escape and raise the alarm with neighbours.

A police spokesman said: "A man suffered injuries after three suspects forced their way into his Nettlestead home demanding money. 

"The men entered the address, near Maidstone Road, at around 10.30pm on Monday 14 September 2020. It is reported they were armed with hammers and that the victim was immediately assaulted, amid demands for cash and other items.

"During the incident the victim managed to run outside and raise the alarm with neighbours. The suspects fled the scene and were seen running down Bishops Close before making their escape in a dark coloured vehicle. Police and ambulance crews attended and the victim was taken to hospital and treated for injuries. He was later discharged."

An investigation is being led by the Chief Constable’s Crime Squad and detectives are appealing for drivers who may have been in or around the area to check dash cams for anything suspicious. Residents with CCTV or doorbell cameras are also urged to review any footage which may assist enquiries. The suspects were all white and described as wearing dark hooded tops and scarves covering their mouths and noses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/164754/20. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111, or by using the online form.