Seven children detained in connection with Worthing stabbing
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Police have warned that youth violence will not be tolerated, after seven children were arrested in connection with a stabbing in Worthing.
Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident which happened in Chapel Road, close to Liverpool Road, around 4.45pm on Sunday 13 March.
Armed officers responded to the scene and seven youths have been arrested.
Searches of the area, including the use of a police drone in Liverpool Gardens, have also taken place.
A 13-year-old boy sustained wounds to his torso. He was taken to hospital, where he continues to receive treatment for injuries which are thankfully not life-threatening.
Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, District Commander for Adur and Worthing, said: “As a parent and mother, I completely understand why the local community are so concerned by yesterday’s incident.
“While we are treating this as an isolated incident, I am well aware of the recent reports of youth violence, antisocial behaviour and criminal damage in the Worthing area.
“The behaviour we have seen amongst a small minority of young people in the community is deeply concerning, but tackling youth violence remains my priority, and my team and I will retain our robust approach to how we tackle this completely unacceptable behaviour and ensure those committing these acts are held to account for their actions.
“I would however ask, that people do not speculate or share names of young people across social media channels because this can severely hinder our investigation.
“Where people have witnessed or captured the incident on CCTV or mobile phone, I would urge you to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 874 of 13/03.
“Whilst the investigation continues, there will be a continued high visibility police presence in and around Worthing town centre over the coming days.
“Rest assured, we will continue to work in partnership with other agencies and the local community to reduce violence amongst young people.”
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.
Three 14-year-old boys, all from Worthing, was arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm with intent.
A 15-year-old boy from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm with intent.
A 14-year-old boy from Littlehampton was arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon (a knife) in public.
A 13-year-old boy from Littlehampton was arrested on suspicion of attempted wounding with intent.
A 12-year-old boy from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm with intent.
All seven children have been released on bail with strict conditions while enquiries continue.