Sussex

Hotham Park closed after trail of blood discovered

Police outside Hotham Park
Image caption Hotham Park in Bognor Regis was closed on Sunday while police investigated the trail of blood

A trail of blood discovered in a park in West Sussex is being linked by police to the earlier smashing of a shop window.

Officers attended Hotham Park in Bognor Regis at about 08:00 GMT on Sunday following reports a large amount of blood had been found.

The park was temporarily closed while they investigated the scene.

Police said they want to speak to a 24-year-old man who is being treated in hospital for a hand injury.

Insp Nick Bowman, from Sussex Police, said a window was smashed in Harfield Court, High Street, at about 03:00 GMT.

He said: "I am aware that the park was closed at a time when people may well have had plans to enjoy the fine weather on Sunday.

"But there had been a number of incidents during the night and until we could be sure that they were not linked and a serious crime had not taken place, we had to secure the area for forensic investigation."

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