Stabbing victim named by police

A TEENAGER who died after being stabbed has been named as 17-year-old Jacob Woudstra.

Jacob, of Mount Pleasant Road, was stabbed on Thursday afternoon following an incident in The Shah pub.

A post mortem carried out yesterday (Friday) afternoon determined the cause of his death as a stab wound to the chest. An inquest will be opened in due course.

Two men arrested on suspicion of murder - a 31-year-old man from Rye and a 42-year-old man from Bexhill - remain in police custody.

Officers are continuing to establish the circumstances of what led to Jacob being stabbed.

Hastings District Commander Chief Inspector, Heather Keating, said: "The local community, and in particular those who knew Jacob, remain in shock by this tragedy and our thoughts are with them all at this very difficult time.

"I would like to stress that this is not a random attack and the wider community are not at risk. The attack appears to have followed a dispute in the public house between individuals that knew each other.

"We appreciate that this crime will cause some fear and anxiety among the community and particularly among parents of fellow students and friends of Jacob. However, this type of crime is extremely uncommon and we do not want people to be unduly alarmed - this was not a stranger attack and Hastings remains the safe place to live, work and study.

"I would once again like to thank local people for all their co-operation and patience during this police investigation. It remains very active and there is still a lot of work to be done but the community has really pulled together."

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Raymer, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: "Enquiries into this incident remain active and we would like to hear from anyone who has information about what happened but has not yet come forward to contact us immediately.

"Our thoughts remain with the family of the victim while we do everything we can to ensure that those responsible are caught and brought to justice."

Anyone with information who has not yet come forward is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101, quoting Operation Chinook. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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