Two teenagers charged following violent incidents in Hastings and St Leonards
Two teenagers have been arrested and charged with offences following local police investigations into violent incidents in St Leonards and Hastings.
A 17-year old boy has been charged with grievous bodily harm following an attack in Norman Road, St Leonards, at 9.20pm on Tuesday (23 January). The 16-year-old victim was hit over the head and needed several stitches in the wound.
The same 17-year-old has also been charged with witness intimidation, affray and possession of an offensive weapon – a knife – following a separate incident in White Rock Road, Hastings, at 8.45pm on the same evening, in which an 18-year-old man was allegedly approached and threatened by three young men with knives.
Following further police enquiries the 17-year-old has also been charged with three burglaries and four cases of taking vehicles without consent. Property from one of the burglaries has been recovered.
He appeared in custody at Hastings Magistrates Court on Thursday (25 January) and was remanded in custody.
He will appear at Lewes Crown Court on 22 February for a plea and trial preparation hearing in relation to the charge of grievous bodily harm, and will appear at Hastings Youth Court on 1 February in relation to the burglary and car theft charges.
Another 17-year-old boy was charged with witness intimidation, affray, and possession of an offensive weapon – a knife – over the incident in White Rock Road, and was bailed to appear at Hastings Magistrates Court on 17 February.
Rye’s Own Bulletin Sunday 28 January 2018