Appeal after man assaulted in St Leonards


A man was assaulted in a St Leonards street.

Police this morning (Thursday, October 15) launched an appeal for witnesses following the incident, which happened at around 7.50pm on October 2.

A 61-year old man dressed in a fluorescent jacket was cycling along Bohemia Road with his 28-year-old son.

As they spoke, opposite the Cake Box shop, both were set upon by a man of medium build, in his early 20s.

He was dressed in a grey sweat top, dark blue jeans and dark coloured training shoes with distinctive white soles. It is believed the offender wore a dull coloured hat that fell off during the assault.

He walked up to the father and son and started swinging his arms then punched both repeatedly in the face and on the body.

Injuries included a broken nose together with cuts and bruises.

A younger man became involved and was also responsible for assaults. This man sported a distinctive black sleeveless bomber style jacket with white “Nike” tick on the left chest. He also had distinctive combed back blond fair hair and was aged about 15-years-old. He was shorter in stature than the main offender and of a chunkier build.

PC Ian Riches said: “The scene was busy that night with other pedestrians walking by. The driver of a van also reported that he was confronted by an aggressive man around the time of the incident. If you saw what happened please contact us in confidence via or by calling 101, quoting serial 1316 of 02/10.”

A 24-year-old St Leonards man was arrested on suspicion of assault by beating and obstructing police, and was released on bail until October 29 while enquiries continue.

A 15-year-old St Leonards boy was later interviewed by appointment under caution on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, and enquiries also continue in relation to him.

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