Police are investigating the death of a man in a possible stoning attack at a medieval castle in Kent amid reports rocks had been thrown.
The incident at Lullingstone Castle in Kent came after locals expressed concerns over anti-social behaviour, with one saying: “Something like this was coming.”
Joggers and walkers accustomed to enjoying the countryside around the castle in Eynsford instead found large areas cordoned off on Friday as detectives carried out investigations.
Officers were called to the grounds at 5.21pm on Thursday and a man later died at the scene, Kent Police said. No further information is available about the victim of the attack.
A spokesman said: “It was reported that rocks were being thrown.”
Lullingstone Castle is a 15th century manor house which overlooks a stunning 15-acre lake and has been home to the same family since it was built.
Its extensive grounds have been visited by royalty including Henry VIII and Queen Anne.
It has been featured in TV series as well as being popular walking spot with locals.
But there have been concerns in the community over anti-social behaviour in surrounding villages and a lack of police presence.
Lullingstone Castle officials declined to comment on the ongoing situation.
Writing to local Tory MP Laura Trott on her Facebook page, Stephen Jury said: “Something needs to be done!
“The level of anti-social behaviour in and around the villages has become a joke and there isn’t a policeman in sight until it is too late!
“There have been several instances over the last week or so.
“Why does it take the death of an innocent man for something to be done? I just feel for that poor man’s family but something like this was coming!”
Ms Trott, who became Sevenoaks MP in December 2019, said: “All our thoughts go to the victim’s family and loved ones at this time.
“I am speaking with the police and the local councillors this morning and I will raise your concerns regarding rising anti-social behaviour as a matter of urgency.
“This is something a few constituents have also emailed me about and I am very concerned by the reports.”
She asked for anyone with information to get in touch with police urgently.