A YOUNG girl was viciously assaulted by a gang of teenagers during what police have branded a ‘cowardly attack’.
Police are hunting for witnesses after the 17-year-old victim was punched and kicked by a gang of boys and girls in Shoreham.
The teenager, from Billingshurst, was walking in Beach Road at about 5.30pm on Saturday (June 20) when she was pushed to the ground from behind by a gang of teenagers and then repeatedly punched and kicked while she was down.
She was helped by two friends who took her to paramedics who were on duty at the Beach Dreams event at Shoreham Beach.
The next day the victim went to hospital where it was confirmed that she had a fractured cheekbone and bruising to her ribs, legs and arms.
Detective Sergeant Colin O’Hare said: “The attack appears to follow an incident a few minutes earlier during which the victim had argued with a group of boys and girls.
“She was walking away from the group when she was assaulted.
“This was a cowardly attack by a group of teenagers on one girl, first attacking her from behind and then ganging up to kick and punch her while she was on the ground.
“We need to speak to anyone who saw the attack happened or who may have any information who was involved. This happened at a popular community event so I am sure that residents will have seen what took place.”
Anyone with information should email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 565 of 22/06, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.