Youth in court after football player stabbed during game

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Police SUS-150806-131331001

Police have appealed for witnesses after a Crawley football player was stabbed in the neck.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said the 26-year-old was assaulted near Cherry Lane, Langley Green, following a burglary on Saturday afternoon (October 24).

He said: “Officers were called to the football club at around 2.20pm after a report property had been stolen from the changing rooms.

“Players found a bag containing most of the stolen items in woodland near the back of the playing field, along with a group of youths. One of the suspects was confronted and produced a knife, stabbing one of the players in the neck causing serious but not life-threatening injuries.”

The victim was taken to St George’s Hospital in London where his condition was described as stable.

A 17-year-old boy from Crawley was arrested and subsequently charged with wounding with intent. He is due to appear before magistrates today (Monday October 26).

A 17-year-old boy from Crawley was arrested on suspicion of burglary and bailed until December 8.

An 18-year-old man from Crawley was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of cannabis, theft and conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm. He has been released on bail until December 8.

Detective Sergeant Karrie Bohanna said: “This was a shocking but isolated incident and we are keen to speak with anyone who may have seen something suspicious in the area.

“Witnesses are asked to email or call 101 quoting reference 0828 of 24/10.”

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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