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Gang of teenagers attack couple with learning disabilities in ‘cruel, nasty incident’

A couple with learning disabilities were attacked by a gang of teenagers in Horsham on Tuesday, November 25.

Police are appealing for help to trace the gang of teenagers when the victims, a 25-year-old woman and her 21-year-old boyfriend were attacked in Horsham town centre.

The couple were getting food at Subway in Carfax, Horsham, shortly after 6pm when five teenage customers inside the shop began mocking them.

The couple, from Horsham, left the shop and went to Horsham bus station in Worthing Road to catch a 6.50pm bus home but the teenagers then arrived there and began throwing sweets at them.

One of the teenagers then approached the man, who also has physical disabilities, and started hitting him. The attacker pushed the woman out of the way and then grabbed the man by the throat.

The teenagers, who were all white and were wearing grey or black hooded jumpers, then left.

Sergeant Peter Allan said: “The victims had only just built up the confidence to go out together without another adult but this incident has really affected them.

“It appears that they were targeted because of their disabilities and are very upset about what happened.

“We urgently need to identify the men involved so they can be questioned.

“There was a man at the bus station using his mobile phone at the time and he may have seen some of the incident so we are keen for him to come forward.

“Targeting the vulnerable is totally unacceptable and we are determined to find those responsible for this cruel, nasty incident.”

Anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 1327 of 25/11, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

One comment on “Gang of teenagers attack couple with learning disabilities in ‘cruel, nasty incident’

  1. This is Personalisation and so called community living ? Where is the risk assessments for this couple ? Yet another terrible failure of the inclusion movement and adult social care at Horsham districk council their drive to save money to the detriment of vulnerable people should be exposed .Shame on them.

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