Boy threatened with Knife in Newhaven

Police investigating an incident in which a teenage boy was threatened with a knife in Newhaven are appealing for anyone with information.

The boy, aged 14, was outside the Avis Parade shops in Newhaven at about 6pm on Friday (16 August) when he was threatened with a knife by an older teenager.

The suspect was with a group of four other younger teenagers, who verbally threatened the victim.

The 14-year-old ran to his cycle and rode along Avis Road towards Denton Corner Park to escape the group, who did not catch up with him. He was also verbally threatened by the group of males.

PC Tom Bowen said; “This was a frightening experience for the young boy, who was thankfully not harmed, and we are making active enquiries to identify this group and in particular the boy with the knife.

“If you have any information that might help, please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 1095 of 16/08.”

Inspector Ed Ripley said “This is an appalling incident and I’m keen to identify and take action against those responsible. The local Community Problem Solving Team continue to engage with young people in the area to explain the dangers associated with carrying a knife. We have been proactive in stop and search in the area and will continue to target individuals and areas in Newhaven where young people gather’.