Boy, 12, ‘punched and kicked’ by teens in Southwick in ‘unprovoked attack’

Police are asking the public to help identify one of two suspects over an attack on a 12-year-old boy in Southwick.

Police have released this image of one of the suspects. Photo: Sussex Police

The incident, which police said appeared to be entirely unprovoked, happened at around 2pm as the victim walked along Underdown Road with a group of friends on Wednesday, 28 October, a spokesman said.

They were approached by two older boys who kicked and punched the victim, causing bruising and swelling to his face, said police.

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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, 5ft 9ins and of medium build, according to police.

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, 5ft 9ins and of medium build, said police.

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.”

Anyone with information, report online or call 101 quoting serial 0499 of 05/11.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.