Hastings man in coma after being found with head and face injuries in street

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A Hastings man is today lying in a coma after being discovered with serious head and face injuries in the town this morning.

George Gardiner, who is in his late 20s, was discovered by a member of the public lying unconscious near the adventure park complex on the A259 Seafront Road at around 6.30am.

Sussex Police have now launched a major investigation while Mr Gardiner is being treated in Hastings General Hospital.

Detective Inspector Mark O’Brien from East Sussex CID said: “It is not clear at this stage how Mr Gardiner received his injuries and therefore I would like to appeal to anyone who has information no matter how relevant they think it is to please come forward as soon as possible.”

Police have said they believe Mr Gardiner was drinking in Hastings on Saturday evening, They are keen to speak with anyone who know of his movements that evening.

Mr Gardiner remains in an induced coma where his condition is described as critical but stable.

“A scene guard remains around the area where the injured man was discovered and I would like to thank the local community for their support and understanding. Uniformed officers are continuing with house-to-house enquiries - please do not hesitate to speak to them if you have any concerns,” added Detective Inspector O’Brien.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting serial 267 of 10 March or alternatively leave an anonymous message with the independant charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.