Authorities are seeking to identify four men observed fleeing the vicinity of a knife attack in Brighton on Saturday afternoon (27 May).
Emergency services were dispatched to Russell Square, near Churchill Square shopping center at around 5pm, with a 16-year-old male subsequently hospitalized, where he remains in stable condition.
In the following days, a heightened police presence in the city center will be maintained to provide reassurance to the public and a visible point of interaction.
Chief Inspector Dan Hiles said: “We recognise this was a concerning incident for the community and I would like to offer reassurance that we are treating it extremely seriously.
“This is a fast-moving investigation into a number of positive lines of enquiry, as we seek to identify and locate those responsible.
“We would particularly like to hear from members of the public who saw four males running from Russell Square eastwards towards Regency Square around the time of the incident.
“Anyone who has any information that can help, or relevant dashcam or doorbell footage, is asked to contact police online or via 101, quoting Operation Badbury.”