Worthing youngster sentenced to over 4 years in custody after a number of stabbings

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The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted after two attacks that took place when he was only 14 years old.

According to Sussex Police, the teen approached a 16-year-old boy on Orme Road just before 4 p.m. on October 1, 2019, and asked him to empty his pockets.

Then he hit him and stabbed him in the arm after the boy tried to continue his journey.

The victim called the police and was taken to hospital for treatment, but nothing was reported as stolen.

The police said the defendant then took the train to Göring station and had an argument with another 16-year-old boy around 4:50 p.m.

We went to the train station parking lot, where he stabbed the boy three times in the chest and stomach and required hospital treatment.

About an hour later, he was spotted by the police helicopter when he and another youth were trying to hide in a railway underpass.

The defendant, who is from Worthing, has been charged with attempted robbery, aggravated assault, possession of cannabis and two cases of public possession of a knife, of which he pleaded guilty.

On Monday (January 18), he was sentenced to four years and six months in prison in West Sussex Youth Court.

The other youth was also arrested but released and faced no further action.

Chief Inspector Sarah Leadbeatter, District Commander for Adur, Worthing and Horsham, said: “Fortunately, the two victims in this case recovered without suffering life-changing or life-threatening injuries, but things could have been much worse. Carrying a knife puts you and those around you at significant risk, and possession of assault weapons in public is a serious criminal offense. This is reflected in the penalty imposed.

“We are aware of the concerns within the Worthing community about violence against young people and we continue to work with partners to address this behavior and reduce the level of violence against young people.

“To do this, we also need the support of our local community, and there are many ways in which you can raise concerns. You can either contact us online or by phone at 101, or contact Fearless or Crimestoppers anonymously. “

If you are in danger or if you see someone in danger, please dial 999.

The Sussex Police Department is also committed to combating knife crime in general. Officials work with young people across the county through education, engagement, and intervention, and conduct proactive patrols to increase visibility and respond to incidents if necessary.

Chief Insp Leadbeatter added, “Our priority is to keep young people safe from harm and to become aware of the dangers of carrying a knife.

“Getting caught with a knife can change your life. We want people to realize that carrying these dangerous weapons can affect their future and we want to work with them to prevent that from happening.

“Knife crime is a complex topic. and in order to bring about truly lasting change, it is important that we work together to keep young people safe and knife-free. “

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