Appeal after two women assaulted by a number of girls in Worthing

Two women were left ‘distressed’ after they were set upon by a number of girls in Worthing, who dragged them to the ground by their hair and assaulted them, police said.

Tuesday, 19th March 2019, 10:43 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th March 2019, 10:46 am

Police confirmed that officers initially responded to a report of a number of females fighting in Shelley Road at 11.25pm on Friday (March 15).

Officers attended the scene, close to the junction with Portland Road, and discovered two distressed 18-year-old victims, who were taken to Worthing police station to give statements, the spokesman said.

They reported that they had been approached by four girls, all in their mid-teens, who had been yelling and shouting behind them, police said.

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The girls then became aggressive, demanding money and dragging the women to the ground by their hair and punching and kicking them, according to police.

One of the women suffered a bloodied nose, cuts and scratches to her face, a swollen lip and other injuries.

The other woman had a clump of hair pulled out, confirmed police.

The spokesman said: “An investigation is under way to identify the suspects, who are all female and believed to be in their mid-teens.

“Officers are viewing CCTV from a number of locations in the area and are appealing for anyone with information to report online or call 101 quoting serial 1331 of 15/03.”

The mother of one of the victims has described the incident as an ‘unprovoked attack’.

She said her daughter and a friend were checked over in hospital following the incident, but had no serious injuries.