Appeal to identify suspects following assault on 12-year-old boy
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Police are asking the public to help identify one of two suspects responsible for an attack on a 12-year-old boy in Southwick on Wednesday, 28 October.
The incident, which appears to be entirely unprovoked, happened at around 2pm as the victim walked along Underdown Road with a group of friends. They were approached by two older boys who kicked and punched the victim, causing bruising and swelling to his face.
The incident was filmed using a mobile phone which one of the suspects then shared on Instagram.
The boy pictured in the image is described as white, 5’ 9” and of medium build. He is about 15, with short, mousey coloured hair. He was wearing khaki colour trousers, a grey hooded jumper and had a black Nike rucksack.
The second boy who filmed the incident, but is not pictured, is described as white, 5’ 9” and of medium build. He is also thought to be about 15, with curly blond hair.
PC Emma MacSweeney said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a 12-year-old boy by two suspects who are much bigger than him. The assault was filmed by one of them and distributed on social media. We are now appealing to the public for assistance as we are confident someone knows who these individuals are.”