19 January 2021
Kent Police was initially called at 3.50pm, on Wednesday 30 December 2020, to reports of fighting involving a large number of people, at a car park and rugby playing field off Punch Croft. Those involved were said to have been carrying weapons including baseball bats.
The occupants of two cars, also alleged to have been at this location, are then believed to have been involved in a separate incident a short distance away in Hartley. An 18-year-old man was assaulted at the junction of Church Road and Gorsewood Road.
He was taken by ambulance crews to a London hospital suffering serious leg injuries.
A media appeal was issued shortly after the disturbances and since then three men, aged 19, and a 14-year-old boy, have been arrested in connection with assault and public order offences.
Detectives are now renewing the appeal with images of a further four people, who they believe may have important information. Anyone who recognises them is urged to contact Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/228823/20. You can also contact Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or by using the online form.