West Sussex village restaurant and man assaulted; police launch investigation

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Two teenage girls have been arrested after a restaurant in a West Sussex village was damaged.

Sussex Police said an investigation has been launched following the incident in Barnham, which also saw a man assaulted.

"Police are appealing for information after a report of a disturbance at The Passage to India, The Square at 10pm on Sunday (May 19),” a police spokesperson said.

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"It is reported a 64-year-old man was assaulted and sustained facial injuries. The restaurant was also damaged.

Sussex Police (Stock image / National World)Sussex Police (Stock image / National World)
Sussex Police (Stock image / National World)

“A 14-year-old girl and 15-year-old girl from Yapton were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. They have both been released on bail, pending further enquiries.”

Police said officers are looking to speak with other individuals who are ‘believed to be involved in the incident’.

Chief Inspector Will Keating-Jones, Chichester and Arun District Commander, said: “This is an unacceptable and unprovoked attack.

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“Those who go to work should not have to tolerate this behaviour and we are taking this report extremely seriously.

“An investigation is underway and we will hold those who are responsible accountable for their actions.

“We are aware of a post on social media showing the incident. I would urge users to not speculate or share it at this time and report any evidence to Sussex Police.”

Witnesses or anyone with any information or footage is asked to report it to police online or call 101 quoting serial 1327 of 19/05.