A regional journalist broke his arm when he was attacked after trying to take a photograph of a police incident on New Year’s Eve.
Kent Online’s Sam Lennon, pictured, is recovering after being punched in the back of the head around an hour after being threatened at a pub in Dover.
Sam, 54, had tried to photograph what appeared to be a spat between a reveller and police outside the port’s Duchess pub.
He was later on his way to another pub, The Malvern, when he was struck from behind and fell, causing his arm to break.
Sam, who was not on duty at the time, believes he was targeted for taking the picture.
He told Kent Online: “I felt the wallop in the back of my head just between my neck and my skull. Down I went.
“I landed on my two hands and right knee which was grazed. I must’ve gone down hard on the left hand, hence the fracture. One of the three men was the one who threatened me and another was a guy who had made a snide comment outside the kebab shop.
“My friend Andrew Azure was staying with me from London for New Year and he asked the man: ‘What did you do that for?’ They walked off to the station followed by a large crowd of men and women.”
Both the reveller Sam had been trying to photograph and the man who threatened him were part of the same group of partygoers.
After the assault, Sam’s attacker carried on walking towards Dover Priory railway station and said: “How do you like that?”
He reported the incident the next day after waking up in “excruciating” pain, and Kent Police are now investigating.
Sam will not be able to drive for six weeks and currently is unable to work.
He added: “I’m sure the attack is to do with me trying to take that picture. If I wasn’t a journalist I wouldn’t be taking the picture and if I’d been standing by watching, they wouldn’t have noticed me.
“The fact they came across me later is why they took the chance to take a pop.”