Worthing park attack: Three boys rearrested on suspicion of attempted murder

Three boys were rearrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an attack in Worthing that left a local father seriously injured.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 4:42 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 4:54 pm

Alan Willson suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a gang of teenagers in Longcroft Park while rushing to defend his son on Easter Sunday.

Police have confirmed he remains in hospital in a ‘serious condition’.

Five teenage boys were initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and grievous bodily harm with intent, but were released under strict bail conditions.

Police at the scene in Longcroft Park, Worthing. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

However, today (Wednesday, May 5), Sussex Police confirmed three of the boys were rearrested as part of the ongoing investigation.

“After extensive enquiries, two of the boys were released with no further action,” said a spokesman.

“The three other boys were rearrested on Wednesday, April 28, to allow police to re-interview them in relation to the ongoing investigation.

“They have since been released on conditional bail while the Crown Prosecution Service considers all the evidence.”

The attack happened in Longcroft Park, Worthing. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

Police continue to appeal for any witnesses to the assault to come forward, including anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area around that time or who may have seen people running from the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Swallowtail.

Information can also be passed to police anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers online or by calling 0800 555 111.

In the wake of the attack, a petition calling for a crackdown on youth crime in Worthing has passed more than 4,600 signatures.

Longcroft Park in Worthing. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

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