Road workers attacked in Kent

Police are investigating after road workers on a busy dual carriageway near Paddock Wood in Kent were attacked.

The workmen were carrying out resurfacing work along the A228 Boyle Way in the early hours of 30 April, but had to abandon the job after being attacked by two men brandishing golf clubs.

The work was being carried out on behalf of Kent County Council’s highways department. The local authority said the crew was approached by a group with golf clubs, ball bearings and catapults while carrying out the first of two planned evenings of resurfacing works.

The workmen were left shaken by the attack and police are investigating the incident, which involved two men in a white van.

Speaking to the Kent and Sussex Courier, Kent County Council’s director of highways, John Burr, said: “We will not tolerate our road workers being assaulted when they are just trying to do their jobs.

“We are working with Kent Police to make sure the perpetrators are caught. We aim to reschedule the resurfacing works for as soon as practically possible.”

A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police were called at 1.40am on April 30 to an altercation in Boyle Way, East Peckham, between a road crew and two other men in a white Vauxhall Astra van.

“Damage was caused to some of the road maintenance crew’s vehicles and one man reported suffering a minor injury.”

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