Worthing teenagers 'brawl': Two arrested for carrying knives after altercation

Two teenagers were arrested for carrying knives following an altercation in Worthing yesterday (September 16).

Police officers were called to reports of an assault involving around 20 young people in Sompting Avenue just before 4pm, according to a police spokesman.

Upon arrival, officers discovered only three people were actually involved in the altercation.

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A 13 and 14-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife blade or sharp pointed article in a public place, and the former was also arrested on suspicion of affray. Both boys have been released under investigation, police said.

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A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with assault by beating an emergency worker. He will appear at Worthing Youth Court on December 31, police added.

According to police, a number of other young people were abusive towards officers, who gave words of advice.

They were also reminded of their responsibility to adhere to social distancing guidelines, with groups now restricted to no more than six in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Sussex Police has said it will engage, explain and encourage before resorting to legal enforcement of the guidelines.

Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, District Commander, said: "We remain committed to tackling youth related violence across our district and my teams take any reports of young people carrying weapons very seriously.

"We therefore won’t hesitate to take appropriate action to remove those weapons from the streets and safeguard young people and the wider community."