Elderly man assaulted on St Leonards beach

Man charged
Man charged

A 68-year-old Hastings man was attacked on the beach in St Leonards at around 7.20pm on Friday (July 3) near Cinque Ports Way.

The man was struck on the back of the head, possibly with a weapon of some kind, causing him to fall to the ground by an unknown assailant.

He suffered an open wound and swelling for which he was treated at the Conquest Hospital before being sent home.

The attack came just after he had visited the wreck of the Amsterdam, a Dutch East Indiaman which ran aground in January, 1749.

“His attacker is currently unidentified,” Hastings CID Detective Constable Damien Cotgreave said.

“A white man in a blue top was seen running from the area and anyone who witnessed the assault or saw anyone acting suspiciously is asked to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1607 of 3/7.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.

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