East Sussex stabbing: Appeal for witnesses after 16-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal stabbing in East Sussex.

Officers were called to the junction of Elphick Road and Ship Street in Newhaven at 11.30pm last night.

Police at the scene in Newhaven today

Police at the scene in Newhaven today

Sadly, despite efforts to save the 18-year-old man, he died at the scene.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, police confirmed, and is currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.

A knife was recovered at the scene, said a police spokesman, who confirmed nobody else was injured.

Detective Inspector Simon Dunn of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “This is a tragic incident and we are working to establish the full circumstances. It is already clear that the victim and his alleged assailant are known to each other and we are not currently looking for anyone else suspected of having been involved in the attack itself.

This is a tragic incident and we are working to establish the full circumstances.

Detective Inspector Simon Dunn of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of Ship Street and Elphick Road in the late evening and who may have witnessed an altercation between two individuals.

“Anyone who saw what happened, or who has any other information that they feel would help our enquiries is asked to contact us online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Tamworth.”

Police confirmed the family of the victim were being supported by its specially trained officers.

Multiple police cars, including an armed response unit, and paramedics were called to the property.

Emergency services at the scene in Newhaven this week

Emergency services at the scene in Newhaven this week

An air ambulance was also reported to have landed on the Lewes Road Recreation Ground.

See pictures from the scene here: Newhaven murder – Emergency response in pictures

Lewes District Inspector Ed Ripley said: “We are reassuring local residents that the investigation is contained to the location involved and that there is no danger to the wider community.

“Our officers are in the area to advise and assist anyone who has particular concerns on learning of this matter, or who has any information they want to pass on.”

A forensics officer at the scene in Newhaven

A forensics officer at the scene in Newhaven

Multiple police cars, including an armed response unit, responded to the stabbing in Newhaven

Multiple police cars, including an armed response unit, responded to the stabbing in Newhaven