A POPULAR member of the Hastings and Bexhill RFC first team is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the stomach on a night out.
Jason Holewell, pictured, was taken to the Conquest Hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning after being knifed near the kebab shop on Havelock Road.
His injuries are not believed to be life threatening but it is likely that the 22-year-old will remain in hospital until next week.
Mr Holewell is a hugely popular member of the local rugby team, playing flanker or prop for the club in Sussex League 1.
And, speaking to the Observer after hearing the news, the club’s captain, Roger Roberts, wished his team-mate a speedy recovery.
He said: “It was quite a shock to hear what had happened to Jason.
“You always read and hear about things like that, but you don’t expect it to happen to someone you know.
“It will be a bit of a hit to the team, but I’m sure he’ll bounce back.”
Police have arrested Myles Evans of Elphinstone Road and charged him with causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and possession of an offensive weapon.
The 38-year-old has been remanded in custody and will appear in court on March 4 for a plea and case management hearing.