A TEENAGER was left with head injuries after being violently attacked by a gang of youths using a table leg.
The 16-year-old, from St Leonards, was set upon while walking with his friends through an alleyway near Hastings train station.
He was taken to the Conquest Hospital where he needed stitches for a 7cm gash on his head.
The victim also had a deep cut to his arm, as well as other cuts and bruising.
A taxi driver outside the station called police and paramedics after the teenager managed to summon help there, despite being badly injured.
The unprovoked attack happened just before 11pm on Saturday, September 24.
British Transport Police (BTP) is now appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Detective Constable Bob Gee, who is investigating, said: “The attack took place at the end of Braybrooke Road, close to the station approach and the Hastings Royal Mail sorting office.
“The victim was walking through an alleyway towards the station with a group of friends when they came across a boy and a girl they didn’t know.
“On passing, the two groups exchanged words and carried on walking in separate directions.
“Moments later the victim heard his friend shout “run”, before realising two or three other teenage boys were running towards them from behind.
“Suddenly, the victim was struck hard to the back of his head with what we believe was a wooden table leg. He fell to the ground and was struck several times before the attackers ran off in the direction of the sorting office.
“This was a violent and unprovoked attack and I’m determined to catch those responsible.
“From our enquiries so far, we believe the group was made up of three teenage boys and one teenage girl. “There is also a house close to where the attack took place and I believe someone may have seen or heard the commotion.”
Anyone with information should call BTP on 0800 405040.