Sussex

Tributes to Hastings stab death teenager Jacob Woudstra

Scene of the stabbing in Mount Pleasant Road, Hastings
Image caption Jacob Woudstra was described as being a "lovely boy who had everything to live for"

Flowers and tributes have been left near the site where a teenager was stabbed to death in East Sussex.

Jacob Woudstra, 17, of Mount Pleasant Road, Hastings, was stabbed in the chest near the Shah Pub in Mount Pleasant Road on Thursday.

He was described by his friend Chris Pearson as someone who had "so much potential, so much to live for".

Sussex Police are questioning a Bexhill man, aged 41, and a 31-year-old man from Rye, on suspicion of murder.

A post-mortem examination showed the cause of his death was a stab wound to the chest.

Mr Pearson said: "He was a well nice lad, everyone knew him, there was nothing bad to say about him.

"I wish he was still about now, there's so much stuff left to say.

"It's a massive waste of life. He had so much potential, so much to live for. It's a shock; he's going to be missed, dearly."

'Attack followed dispute'

Another friend, Blake Brinkley, said: "He's a lovely boy. He's always wanting to play football.

"He was an active sports boy, that's all he wanted to do was get on with his life and enjoy it.

"He loved his family and his family loved him."

Sussex Police do not believe the stabbing was a random attack.

Ch Insp 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 amongst 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 a safe place to live, work and study."

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