Students assaulted during altercation

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SEVERAL German teenagers were assaulted during an altercation in Hastings town centre.

Police said a group of German and English students exchanged insults outside McDonalds in Wellington Place, before moving to Pelham Place.

Four of the German students were assaulted during the incident. Three - two 13-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy - received no visible injuries. A 15-year-old boy received bruising and swelling to his face.

Police are now appealing for witnesses.

Inspector Kaj Bartlett, of East Sussex Response Investigation Team, said: “There would have been other people around at the time of the incident and we are keen to hear from anyone who saw confrontations between the two groups or witnessed any assaults taking place.

“Hastings and St Leonards are popular destinations for students to visit to improve their English and also have fun.

“In Sussex we run Operation Columbus, which aims to work with the local authorities and language schools to ensure the safety of overseas students during their stay.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1886 of 28/8 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The incident happened on Tuesday, August 28 at around 8pm.