A 14-year-old boy from Brighton, who was taken to hospital with a stab wound to his stomach, has admitted making up a story about being attacked.
The lad suffered the wound while messing around with a knife in a play fight with a friend in Kemp Town. He accidentally stabbed himself.
Sussex Police said today (Saturday 26 March): “A teenage boy who reported to police that he was stabbed while walking in Bloomsbury Place, Brighton, on (Monday) 14 March has since admitted he made it up.
“The 14-year-old was in possession of a knife and stabbed himself accidentally while play fighting with his friend.
“Originally he claimed a man had approached him and stabbed him in the stomach.”
Detective Sergeant Chris Lane said: “We were appealing for witnesses to the attack and the incident caused some concern in the community at the time. The boy will now be dealt with for wasting police time.”