Police arrest four over street attack

POLICE investigating a savage attack on a beggar in Norwich have arrested three men and a woman during two early morning raids in Suffolk.The suspects, aged from 19 to 21-years-old, were arrested at two addresses in Beccles in connection with the attack on Michael Kennedy in a glass walkway linking Norwich Railway Station with the Riverside.

POLICE investigating a savage attack on a beggar in Norwich have arrested three men and a woman during two early morning raids in Suffolk.

The suspects, aged from 19 to 21-years-old, were arrested at two addresses in Beccles in connection with the attack on Michael Kennedy in a glass walkway linking Norwich Railway Station with the Riverside.

The assault, on Easter Sunday, left the 29-year-old unconscious, with serious head injuries, a haemorrhage, fractured skull and extensive bruising.

Last week he had to be rushed back to hospital to have a blood clot removed.


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A spokesman for the British Transport Police said around 20 officers were involved in the 6am raids.

Detective Sergeant Gerry Rowe, the BTP officer in charge of the investigation, said: “We have studied CCTV and on that basis made these arrests. They have been bailed to re-appear at Lowestoft police station.”

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Det Sgt Rowe also praised the public, who provided witness statements.

He said a number of officers made the arrests at each address because of the “violent nature of the offence”.

“We wanted to secure the situation and protect the officers' safety,” he added.

Mr Kennedy, who is originally from Gourock in Scotland, moved to Norwich less than a month ago from Yarmouth, where he worked selling caravans at a holiday park.

When the job ended he started sleeping rough.

Anyone with information should call Det Sgt Rowe at the BTP on 0800 405040.

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