Worthing machete incident: two victims found by police

Two people were taken to hospital following an incident involving a machete on Monday.

Police were called after the large blade, caked in blood, was discovered wedged in a recycling bin outside a block of flats in Victoria Road, Worthing, on July 20.

Sussex Police said it was initially called to Elizabeth Road shortly after 2.45pm when a member of the public raised the alarm, but officers quickly established that Victoria Road nearby was the scene of the incident.

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Yesterday, a spokesman said a person arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a knife/bladed article in a public place had been released on condiitional bail until August 18.

A person was arrested following an incident involving a bloody machete in Victoria Road, Worthing, on July 20

A resident of the block of flats, who wished to remain anonymous, said they heard banging and crashing from somewhere in the building around the time of the incident.

“For a moment I initially thought that something had blown up, so I looked outside the window expecting to see billowing smoke,” they said.

They added that the communal areas of the building were covered in droplets of blood. They said: “I was panicking, my legs were shaking. My whole body was absolutely shaking. I was in a panic mode. You never imagine from one moment to another to end up living near a crime scene.”

They added that the incident had made them consider moving.

A person was arrested following an incident involving a bloody machete in Victoria Road, Worthing, on July 20

Initially, police were searching for anyone injured in the incident and issued an appeal for them to come forward.

On Tuesday, a police spokesman said that two victims had been identified, who suffered hand injuries that needed hospital treatment.