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Serious assault in Brighton
8:49am Friday 26th October 2012 in News
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- A man is in hospital after a serious assault in the St James's Street area, Brighton
- Sussex Police appeal for witnesses to come forward
- Two teenagers arrested in connection with attack
- Attack is linked to a similar incident near The Level
Detective Chief Inspector Nick May from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Branch Team said: "It is still unclear how the victim received his injuries and I would appeal to anyone who heard a disturbance or witnessed any suspicious activity between 11.30pm (October 25) and 12.30am (26 October) near the junction of St James's Street and the New Steine, and has not yet spoken to officers, to please get touch as a matter of urgency.
"We are also keen to hear from witnesses who saw or heard a moped being driven up or down St James's Street during these hours. Please contact us, your call will be dealt with in the utmost confidence."
Witnesses and anyone with information that could help police with their enquiries are asked to call 101 quoting Op Redshank or leave a message anonymously with the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A police cordon has remained on St James's Street and around New Steine all day.
Sussex Police expect to remove the cordon this evening.
An 18-year-old Hove man and a 17-year-old boy from Brighton have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm following the attack on a 42-year-old local man.
The victim been transferred from Royal Sussex County to Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, where he remains in a critical condition with his family by his bedside.
Detectives are considering that this assault may be linked to an incident that occurred about 90 minutes later in Washington Street, near the Level, where two men aged 20 and 21 where assaulted and robbed by another two men.
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Sussex Police scenes of crime officers at the scene this morning (October 26)
St James's Street is closed at New Steine.
New Steine is cordoned off.
St James's Street is closed so the 1, 1a, 2, 2a, and 7 buses are diverted along the seafront and up Rock Place.
A man in his 30s has been taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with life-threatening head injuries following an assault in Brighton in the very early hours of this morning October 26).
Sussex Police are guarding the area while specialist officers carry out forensic examination of the area.
Officers are speaking to members of the public to find out if anyone has information.
In a statement issued by Sussex Police today (October 26) Detective Inspector Miles Ockwell from Brighton and Hove CID said: "We are in the early stages of the investigation and would appeal to anyone who has not yet spoken to officers to please come forward.
"Did you see or hear any suspicious activity between 11.30pm (25 October) and 12.30am (26 October) in the area of St James's Street, the New Steine or Lower Rock Gardens.
"We believe the suspects may have fled the scene of the attack on a motorcycle. Please call 101 quoting Operation Redshank as a matter of urgency.
"You can also leave an anonymous message with the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."