Man suffers burn injuries after 'noxious substance' thrown at him in graveyard

By John Mercury February 12, 2024

Police are hunting a suspect after a man had a noxious substance thrown at him in a graveyard.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for burns to the back of his head following the attack in Ramsgate, Kent.

He remains in hospital where his injuries are described as non-life threatening.

The man said he was walking along Manston Road and as he entered the graveyard of St Laurence Church, he had a noxious substance hurled at him.

St Laurence-In-Thanet Church i N Ramsgate
St Laurence Church. Pic: Google Street View

More details about the substance have not yet been revealed.

Kent Police has begun an investigation into the incident, which happened at about 8.20pm last night.

No one has been arrested over the assault and officers are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

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Speaking about Sunday’s incident, district commander for Thanet, Chief Inspector Ian Swallow, said: “We would like to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed anything to get in touch.

“Anyone with dashcam or doorbell footage in the area from Margate Road, on to Newington Road and Manston Road, please could you check for anything that may help officers with the investigation.

“Incidents like these are rare but we do not underestimate the impact it has on a community and as a result an increased police presence will be seen in the area as we continue to carry out enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police.


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