Police link Hastings assaults

Police have linked two assaults in Hastings in the early hours of Friday morning (December 28), one of which left a man with a stab wound to his arm.

At 4.08am, two men attacked a 25-year-old man and 18-year-old woman in Bohemia Road, stealing an iPod Nano and an iPod Classic. One of them head-butted the man, cutting his lip, although this did not require medical attention.

The first suspect is described as white, 5’ 5’, with a scarf covering his face and wearing a light-coloured hooded jacket. The second man was 5’ 8” and wearing a full face balaclava.

Twelve minutes later an 18-year-old man walking home from Hastings town centre was attacked on the bridge in Linton Crescent. Two men wearing balaclavas approached him and asked for his mobile phone. He was knocked to the ground and punched and kicked repeatedly, before the men made off with his Samsung Galaxy S2 phone. He recalls one of the men holding a small folding knife, but was not aware of it being used on him.

However, when he called at a friend’s house nearby to ask for help, it was discovered that he had a number of small puncture wounds to his back and a cut to his wrist. He was taken to the Conquest Hospital at Hastings for treatment.

A Sussex Police spokesman said, “These were two nasty attacks. You will see officers from the neighbourhood policing team out and about in the area to offer reassurance and deter further offences. If you are concerned or have information about the suspects, please feel free to stop and talk to them.”

Anyone who witnessed the incidents or who recognises the descriptions is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 165 (Bohemia Road) or 168 (Linton Crescent) of 28/12.