Police appeal for witnesses after toddler hurt in Chalvington


Police are appealing for witnesses after an incident in Chalvington during which an 18-month-old boy and his father were hurt.

The victims, from Sevenoaks in Kent, were at a family party at the Yew Tree Inn, in Chalvington Road, when a fight broke out at 7.30pm on July 26, police said.

Police said one man pushed another who fell onto the toddler, causing him head and cheek injuries and he was taken to hospital for treatment.

When the child’s 33-year-old father then challenged a group of men and women about what had happened he was knocked to the ground and kicked, police said. He suffered bruising to the face.

The first suspect was a slightly overweight white man with scruffy ginger hair who was 5’ 10” or 5’ 11”. He was unshaven and wearing a white or cream t-shirt and shorts.

The second suspect was a white man with short brown hair who was slim and 5’ 8” or 5’ 9”. He was wearing a white t-shirt and shorts.

PC Nikki Desouza said: “This is a nasty case involving a young child being assaulted, receiving facial injuries, and also his father when he has intervened. I would ask anyone with any knowledge to please come forward.”

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 525 of 28/07, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.