Investigation into stabbing at Sunbury Cross Shopping Centre concludes
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A series of trials and court hearings following a stabbing at Sunbury Cross Shopping Centre last year have concluded, with the fifth and final defendant appearing at Guildford Crown Court last Thursday (31 March).
The violent assault, which left a teenager with stab wounds to his leg requiring hospital treatment, took place following a fight between a large group of people at the shopping centre on Wednesday, 13 May last year.
Surrey Police immediately launched an investigation into the attack, with officers carrying out reassurance patrols and weapon sweeps in Sunbury town centre in the days after the incident took place.
Section 60 and Section 35 Dispersal Orders were also put in place which allowed police to stop and search members of the public and to exclude individuals who were causing alarm or distress.
Their enquiries led to the identification of those involved and a series of arrests were made in the days following the assault.
On Monday, 24 May 2021 officers arrested the main suspect, Kenneth Peat, 18, Chesterfield Road, Ashford on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent and threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place.
Further searches of his phone revealed that he had been checking news sites for reports of the stabbing.
He was sentenced to four and a half years in prison at Guildford Crown Court on 13 October 2021.
A further arrest was made after officers identified a man believed to have sold the weapon, a zombie knife, to Peat. Ewan Glyn Tallett, 22, of Beechwood Avenue, Sunbury-on-Thames was charged with selling an offensive weapon and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge as well as an £120 fine when he appeared in court.
A 17-year old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a Youth Conditional Caution, a formal warning recorded by the police, for his part in the attack. Two other boys, both under the age of 18 years, were referred to youth intervention schemes.
The final man arrested and charged, 22-year-old Ben Stanley Kimpton, of Kenyngton Drive, Sunbury-on-Thames pleaded guilty to assault by beating when he appeared at court last Thursday (31 March), and was ordered to pay over £300 in legal costs, fine and victim surcharges.
Detective Constable Joseph Smith, who investigated this case, said: “This stabbing, which took place in a busy shopping centre, understandably caused great concern for local residents in Sunbury-on-Thames and I hope the fact that this investigation has finally concluded will give them some peace of mind and reassurance.
“It was fortunate in this case that the victim’s injuries were not more serious.
“I would like to thank local residents for their patience while the investigation remained ongoing, and particularly those witnesses who came forward with information was vital in ensuring that those responsible were brought to justice.”