A MAN was stabbed twice in the back and kicked in the head as he walked home from a Horsham nightclub.
The 29-year-old was attacked in the early hours of Saturday in the Pavilions In The Park leisure centre car park.
The victim was walking home from the nearby Chameleon club around 2.20am and suffered stab wounds to the body, serious head injuries consistent with punching and kicking, and arm and leg fractures, during the assault, police said.
The man, who was local, received treatment at the East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, and is believed to have been discharged on Monday night.
Sussex Police have described the attack, which happened just hours after the County Times had been out with police in the area, as ‘serious’.
Tim Bolton, manager of Pavilions In The Park, told the paper they had had ‘very little involvement’ with the police as the incident had occurred on the edge of the car park near the entrance to Horsham Park.
The following day an area of the car park was cordoned off, he added.
“It’s a very rare incident in Horsham. I’ve been working here for almost five years now and not heard of any similar incidents.
“It’s business as usual for ourselves and we welcome our customers to continue to use us.”
Nothing had been picked up on the centre’s CCTV system but Mr Bolton said there also CCTV operating in the park.
“Customers here have the confidence to come down and use our facility and obviously we’ll support any inquiries the police carry out.”
Roger Arthur (Con, Chanctonbury) Horsham District Council’s cabinet member for a safer and healthier district, said: “I would like to give a message of reassurance that this type of incident is rare and that the Horsham district was the safest place in West Sussex last year.
“Preventing violent crime is one of the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership’s priority crimes for the next three years, however this type of crime is low in the district compared with similar areas.
“In relation to this incident and as owners of this car park, I can confirm that we are assisting the police with their inquiries.
“The leisure centre and nearby Horsham Park are covered by CCTV cameras, which the police has access to.
“Needless to say, we want to understand any underlying trends indicated by this crime and will be liaising with the police to that end.”
Three men, aged 19, 20 and 22 and all from Horsham, were arrested late on Saturday evening and in the early hours of Sunday. They have been released on bail until Thursday October 6 while police inquiries continue.
A spokesman for the force said; “Anyone who has any further information about the assault is asked to contact us on 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Hotel or serial 0232 of July 23.”