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Swanley teenager arrested following Hextable robbery
A SWANLEY teenager has been arrested today following a brutal robbery in a retirement community in Hextable which left an elderly couple in hospital.
The 16-year-old boy from Swanley was arrested at 12.15pm today and remains in custody.
Paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance called Kent Police officers to Panters at 9am yesterday (October 15) after finding the couple injured.
Today police say the couple, who are in their 80s, are in a non life-threatening condition in King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill.
A police appeal has also been published in a bid to trace a man who was spotted in the area at the time of the burglary.
Officers have released an e-fit of a man they wish to urgently speak with and say door to door enquiries are continuing in the Hextable area.
Witnesses describe him as a white man wearing a grey or dark-coloured hooded top and blue jeans.
A spokesman for West Kent housing association, which manages the retirement community where the incident happened, said: "We are extremely shocked by what has happened and our primary concern is the welfare of the residents involved.
"Our staff were on site yesterday and again today to reassure the other residents. We will review any actions that they, we and the police can take in the future."
For more information on the incident, read this article.
Witnesses can contact officers on 101 quoting Operation Retail or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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