Three people have been assaulted in two connected incidents in Sompting.

At 10.30pm on Wednesday night, a man stole alcohol from Sompting mini market on Seadown Parade.

The shop owner, a 47-year-old man, chased him to the junction of Silverdale Road and Bowness Avenue.

There, the shop owner was hit around the head with a bottle, stabbed in the back, then stabbed in the stomach.

Detective Constable Katie Clack said:

“The shop owner suffered a wound to his back and a head injury and thankfully his injuries aren’t as serious as first thought.

“However this is a violent assault on a shopkeeper and we are appealing to anyone to might know something.”

Earlier that evening at 9.45pm, a fight broke out in Crowhurst Recreation Ground between a group of about 15 youths and four other youths.

A 17-year-old boy from the smaller group was hit on the head with a bottle by a boy from the large group.

An 18-year-old girl had items stolen and was also assaulted by the same boy from the large group and another girl from the large group.

Police believe those responsible for the assault on the shop owner are part of the large group from Crowhurst Recreation Ground.

A 14-year-old boy from Southwick and a 17-year-old girl from Worthing were arrested on suspicion of GBH with intent.

They have both been bailed until December 24.

Anyone with any information is asked to report it online here or call 101, quoting serial 1284 of 28/11.