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Second person charged after Whitstable shooting

A second person 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 by a man who was known to him. He was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.

Andrew Williams, 52, of no fixed address was arrested on Wednesday 17 July and is due to appear before Medway Magistrates’ on Friday 19 July 2019 charged with conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a firearm.

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 teenage boy from Whitstable was charged with conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent. He appeared at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 17 July 2019 and was remanded in custody. He is next due to appear at Canterbury Crown Court on 19 August 2019.

The man has been released on bail until Wednesday 7 August 2019.

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses to the shooting 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.