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Boy charged after Whitstable shooting

A teenage boy has been charged after a man was shot in the leg in Whitstable.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are investigating the incident that took place on the Westmeads Recreation Ground at around 1.50pm on Sunday 7 July 2019.

It was reported to Kent Police that the victim, aged 22, was shot in the leg with a BB gun by a man who was known to him.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment and following surgery it is now believed the injury was caused by a bullet. As such, further enquiries are being made to establish the type of weapon that was used. The victim has since been discharged from hospital.

On Monday 15 July 2019 at around 5.30pm two people, a man aged 54 and a boy aged 16, were arrested in connection with the incident. Police searched a property in Yorkletts at around 11pm the same day. On Tuesday 16 July 2019 officers also searched a property in Walmer Road, Whitstable.

The teenager from Whitstable has been charged with conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent. He will appear at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 17 July 2019. The man has been released on bail until Wednesday 7 August 2019.

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses to the incident in Whitstable and would like to hear from anyone who has not yet come forward.

Anyone with information can call the appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference 46/130220/19.