Police were called to the Guildbourne Centre in Worthing town centre at 6.45pm on Wednesday, February 15, to reports that a woman, believed to be homeless, had been assaulted.
According to police, the 31-year-old female victim, who is understood to be a rough sleeper, was found to have serious hand injuries, which are thought to have been inflicted with a razor during an attack in nearby Chapel Road.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Worthing Hospital where she was detained for treatment.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Police officers searched the area and four women were arrested on suspicion of wounding offences.
“They were a 21-year-old, a 20-year-old and a 17-year-old, all from Worthing, and a 19-year-old from Lancing.”
Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information concerning the incident is asked to email [email protected] quoting serial 1013 of 15/02.
Witnesses can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).
Details can also be reported online at https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/response-to-appeal/
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