FOUR children have been charged after a 13-year-old boy was stabbed in a town centre.
The boys – three 14-year-olds and one 12-year-old, all from Worthing, have been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent following the attack in Worthing on March 13.
They were released on bail to appear in Brighton Juvenile Court on April 22.
A fifth boy, 14, from Littlehampton, was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon, a knife, in public. He was released under investigation.
Two boys, aged 15 and 13, from Littlehampton have been released without charge.
The group of children cannot be named for legal reasons and police are reminding the public that identifying any of the suspects or speculating on the circumstances could jeopardize the right to a fair trial.
Armed officers responded to the incident in Chapel Road, near Liverpool Road, at around 4.45pm on Sunday March 13.
A 13-year-old boy was taken to hospital after sustaining chest injuries. He has since been released.
Sussex Police trawled CCTV, took witness statements and carried out drone searches, which resulted in the arrest of seven children.
Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, District Commander of Adur and Worthing, said: “I want to reassure the public that we continue to work with partner agencies and the local community to prevent and detect violence. among young people and to take strong action against offenders.
“This remains an active investigation, and anyone with information about the incident is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Abacus.”
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This notice was published: 2022-04-11 15:47:15