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Charges laid against teenager in Hastings stabbing investigation

Police have charged a 17-year-old male in relation to a stabbing incident that occurred on Bohemia Road in Hastings last month. Sussex Police responded to the call of a woman being attacked at approximately 7.50pm on Monday, May 15th.

The 50-year-old female victim was promptly transported to a local hospital for treatment and has since been released. As part of the ongoing investigation, police appealed to the public for any potential witnesses and sought to identify culprits through collected CCTV images.

Sussex police have now confirmed that a 17-year-old male, whose identity is protected due to legal constraints, has been charged on counts of attempted murder and possession of a bladed weapon. The teen was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Saturday, June 3rd to respond to the charges.

“This was an incident which raised concerns within our community, and I am relieved to report that a 17-year-old boy is now charged in connection with it,” said Chief Inspector Jayantha Mendis-Gunasekera, Hastings and Rother District Commander. He emphasised that ensuring the safety of women and girls in the community remains a top priority for the force.

As the investigation progressed, police presence was notably increased in the Falaise Road area to provide reassurance to residents. Chief Inspector Mendis-Gunasekera extended his gratitude to the public for their patience and support during the enquiry process.

Three other individuals initially taken into custody in relation to the incident, a 35-year-old man, an 18-year-old man, and a 16-year-old boy, have since been released without charge and will face no further action.

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