Kent teenager stabbed during attempted Ashford robbery

An 18-year-old man was stabbed in the stomach during an attempted mobile phone robbery in Kent.

He was walking through Victoria Park, Ashford, with a friend on Saturday evening when a man approached and demanded their mobile phones.

As the victim went to get his phone from his jacket he felt a punch in the stomach and found he had been stabbed. The attacker then ran off.

The victim underwent surgery to his wound and is in a stable condition.

'Level of violence'

The attacker is described as 5ft 10in, white, with dark hair and wearing a grey tracksuit with matching top and bottoms. He had a scarf over the bottom half of his face.

Det Insp Keith Robert said: "We have been told that a man on a bike rode past the two friends just prior to the attempted robbery.

"Was this the man who then came back or was it a witness who may have seen the offender and could have valuable information?

"The level of violence during an attempt to steal a phone is highly unusual and this man needs to be caught."

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