Victim of ‘random group assault’ in Hastings suffered ‘serious’ eye injury

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One of three men ‘attacked randomly’ by a group of people in Hastings town centre suffered a ‘serious’ eye injury, doctors confirmed today (Monday, July 25).

The three 25-year-olds from Hastings were sitting on a bench near McDonalds in Wellington Place when they were kicked and punched for no apparent reason by a number of people at about 9.45pm on Sunday, July 17, police said.

One of the victims sustained a broken jaw and collar bone.

Another one sustained cuts and bruises and the third was punched but suffered no injury.

The second man, who sustained cuts and bruises, has also sustained a serious eye injury, doctors confirmed.

Descriptions of three suspects have also been released.

One is described as in his early teenage years, about 5’ 4”, with longer ginger hair on top shaved at the sides. He was wearing chequered blue shorts, and a grey hoody or t-shirt.

The second suspect is described as of mixed race, in his early 20s, 5’ 10” wearing a black hoody and either black jeans or jogging bottoms. He had a distinctive hair cut across the forehead and tapered around the ears, very short and black.

The third suspect was wearing black jogging bottoms or jeans made of cotton with tapered cuffs and white trainers.

Detective Constable Julian Stokes said: “There is at present no known motive for this incident and we are keen to hear from anyone who was in Hastings town centre on Sunday evening and who saw anything of what happened.

“If you can help please contact us via or call 101, quoting serial 1617 of 17/07.”

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit

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