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Ten injured, man in custody

Ten injured, man in custody
Police apprehended a person of interest on the beach after several people were assaulted in the Worthing/St Lawrence, Christ Church area. (Picture by Reco Moore)

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Police are reassuring members of the public that an incident on the South Coast that left ten people injured – including six visitors – and a man in custody, was “a very random occurrence” and there is no need to be fearful.

They were allegedly stabbed in eight separate incidents, all of which occurred consecutively.

Six people were treated at the respective scenes by paramedics and discharged and four are still being seen at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Their injuries were described by medical personnel as non-life-threatening.

Personnel from Hastings/Worthing Police Station and Criminal Investigations Department responded to an initial incident that was reported about 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

Ten injured, man in custody

The report said a man who was acting strangely assaulted an individual while at a business located at Worthing, Christ Church. Police responded and received several reports of individuals being assaulted by a man of similar description all within the Worthing/St Lawrence Gap area.

A person of interest was apprehended, and after an appeal to the public to identify him, police said this was done by a family member.

“We want to reassure the general public that this incident is seen as a very random occurrence and there is no need to be fearful as the alleged perpetrator is in custody and the series of incidents have been brought to a conclusion. We also wish to thank all persons who assisted us in bringing these matters to a speedy conclusion,” police said in a release.

Anyone who was injured, witnessed or had any knowledge of any of these incidents is asked to contact the Hastings/Worthing Police Station at 430 7614/7615. (PR/SAT)