Worthing’s Alan Willson: Police reissue witness appeal as father remains in ‘serious condition’

Sussex Police have reissued an appeal for witnesses to an attack in Worthing that left a local father seriously injured.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 5:25 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.

Sussex Police has confirmed Mr Willson remains in hospital in a ‘serious condition’.

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

Alan Willson. Pic: Just Giving/Cheryl Edwards SUS-210413-122630001
Alan Willson. Pic: Just Giving/Cheryl Edwards SUS-210413-122630001

They include strict curfews, staying at a given address away from the local area and not associating with each other.

Sussex Police said investigations were ongoing and urged anyone with information to come forward.

A spokesman said: “Our investigation is ongoing, and we continue to carry out enquiries in relation to this. We also continue to urge anyone who saw what happened or who may have any other information to come forward.

“People can contact us online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Swallowtail. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers online or by calling 0800 555 111.”

A petition calling for a crackdown on youth crime in Worthing has passed more than 4,500 signatures. Read more about that here: Thousands demand crackdown on Worthing youth crime after Alan Willson assaultA fundraiser for him and his family has raised more than £36,000. Donate here