Two people have been charged as part of our investigation a serious incident which took place in Lakeside shopping centre.
We were notified by colleagues in the ambulance service of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in car park D, close to Coco Asia, at Lakeside Shopping centre at around 11.55pm on Friday 5 January.
The victim reported being at Puttshack, Lakeside, earlier in the evening before he and a friend left the venue.
The men reported walking across the car park when one of the pair, a man aged 20s, was struck by a Silver Vauxhall Corsa before being abandoned.
The victim remains in hospital after he sustained serious injuries. The second man was unharmed.
On Sunday 7 January, an 18-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man, both from Kent, were arrested in connection with the incident.
Two people have now been charged.
Brandon Stewart, 23, of Hampton Crescent, Gravesend, is charged with GBH with intent and arson with intent to endanger life.
Sophie Kular, 18, also of Hampton Crescent, Gravesend, is charged with GBH with intent.
Both are due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court today, Tuesday 9 January.
Detective Inspector Clare Lawrence said:
“This has been an incredibly fast-paced investigation which the team has worked tirelessly on since the first report was made to us.
“Two people of interest were quickly identified and we have been in consistent dialogue with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) throughout in order to secure charges.”
'A significant step'
Chief Inspector Tony Atkin, Thurrock District Commander, added:
“This is a significant step forward in this investigation. We know the importance of Lakeside to the Thurrock community and we will always pursue violent offenders where these offences take place. "I know that the community and those who use Lakeside will be concerned by this incident. I would like to reassure the community that we have a dedicated police team at the centre and that incidents of this nature are isolated and extremely rare."
We continue to appeal for anyone with information on the incident or dashcam footage of it to come forward and contact us.
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