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Weapons seized and suspects detained in Horsham fight investigation

A section of Horsham town centre has been cordoned off by police as detectives investigate a large scale fight that erupted on Monday night. The incident, characterised by youth violence, occurred in the Carfax area around 11pm.

In response to several reports, Sussex police swiftly intervened, resulting in the seizure of a number of weapons. Thirteen individuals, aged between 13 and 19, were subsequently arrested and currently remain in custody for further questioning.

Following the altercation, the police authorised the implementation of Section 60 powers. These measures empower officers to stop and search pedestrians for offensive weapons or dangerous instruments, as well as to conduct searches on vehicles, drivers, and passengers. If any such items are discovered during the search, they may be seized. The Section 60 authorization will remain in effect until 12:26 am on Wednesday, May 31, with the possibility of extension.

Chief Inspector Ben Starns, leading the Crawley and Horsham Neighbourhood Policing Team, expressed gratitude for the public’s patience and cooperation during the ongoing investigation. He emphasized the importance of preserving evidence within the cordoned area to aid their inquiry, citing the serious but non-life-threatening injuries sustained by at least three individuals. Starns reassured the community that measures are being taken to contain the situation and ensure public safety.

Acknowledging the impact on the local community, particularly businesses that are presently unable to open due to the cordon, Starns extended his appreciation for their understanding. He expressed the hope that the cordon could be lifted expeditiously. In the interim, an increased police presence will be noticeable in the area.

Starns urged any witnesses or individuals with video footage, including CCTV or dash cam recordings, to come forward and provide information that could assist the investigation. They can approach officers at the scene or submit their reports online or via phone by dialing 101 and quoting serial number 1727 of May 29.

Police have clarified that there is currently no known threat to the wider community stemming from the incident. Individuals who wish to report information anonymously can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111 or submit their report online.

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