A man was attacked by a stranger in front of his wife and kids on East Parade in Hastings Old Town

Police are searching for witnesses to the assault

Police are searching for witnesses to the assault

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A man has been left with cuts and bruises to the head after being assaulted in front of his wife and children.

The victim was walking past Flamingo Amusement Park on East Parade in Hastings Old Town with his wife and two children when the assault took place at 7pm on July 18.

There is believed to be one suspect, described as a bald white man aged around 35, six feet tall, with a muscular build.

He was wearing a white T-shirt with blue shorts and was carrying a white plastic bag.

PC Andy Lancaster said: "This was a seemingly unprovoked assault where the suspect walked up to the victim, spoke to him and then began to hit the victim in front of his wife and children before leaving the scene."

Any witnesses should call 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 328 of 18/07 or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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1:50pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Sir Prised says...

Society is falling apart, because no one talks about responsibilities any more, only about rights and entitlement.
Society is falling apart, because no one talks about responsibilities any more, only about rights and entitlement. Sir Prised
  • Score: 25

1:57pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

Hastings - say no more: Attacker was probably high on drugs.
Hastings - say no more: Attacker was probably high on drugs. Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: 9

2:26pm Wed 30 Jul 14

hyram77 says...

What an absolute scumbag. The guys wife and children must have been scared witless. Likely the bald man's identity will be obtained with the use of CCTV and he should be prosecuted, flogged and given 5 years hard labour in my opinion. May think twice about doing it again next time.
What an absolute scumbag. The guys wife and children must have been scared witless. Likely the bald man's identity will be obtained with the use of CCTV and he should be prosecuted, flogged and given 5 years hard labour in my opinion. May think twice about doing it again next time. hyram77
  • Score: 36

2:40pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

This bald guy probably had a deprived upbringing and nobody loves him.
Therefore we should feel sorry for him. That's what the do gooders would say. And therefore he gets away with it and will do it again.
Stick him in the stocks
He wouldn't do it again!
Hope the guy he assaulted is ok and his wife and kids too.
This bald guy probably had a deprived upbringing and nobody loves him. Therefore we should feel sorry for him. That's what the do gooders would say. And therefore he gets away with it and will do it again. Stick him in the stocks He wouldn't do it again! Hope the guy he assaulted is ok and his wife and kids too. Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 30

3:55pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Larry the Lamb says...

It happens!
You really have to be aware of your surroundings and who is in your vacinity, if they look mentally unstable or drugged up get the hell out of there. There are too many of these people wandering the streets. It's appalling that it happened in front of his children but if the perpetrator was hallucinating then the kids and the wife were also in danger. Not sure what the answer is as they don't get put away for very long even for an assault of this nature.
It happens! You really have to be aware of your surroundings and who is in your vacinity, if they look mentally unstable or drugged up get the hell out of there. There are too many of these people wandering the streets. It's appalling that it happened in front of his children but if the perpetrator was hallucinating then the kids and the wife were also in danger. Not sure what the answer is as they don't get put away for very long even for an assault of this nature. Larry the Lamb
  • Score: 9

7:37pm Wed 30 Jul 14

John Steed says...

hastings has become one den of inequity, or is it just a lively local reporter
hastings has become one den of inequity, or is it just a lively local reporter John Steed
  • Score: 0

11:12am Thu 31 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

"seemingly unprovoked"

So the victim was unable to say what the conversation was about?

Hmm......common sense says that the attack will have been prompted by that exchange - why do the police withhold important detail in such cases?
"seemingly unprovoked" So the victim was unable to say what the conversation was about? Hmm......common sense says that the attack will have been prompted by that exchange - why do the police withhold important detail in such cases? stevo!!
  • Score: -22

4:19pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Watchdog50 says...

stevo!! wrote:
"seemingly unprovoked"

So the victim was unable to say what the conversation was about?

Hmm......common sense says that the attack will have been prompted by that exchange - why do the police withhold important detail in such cases?
stevo!! stevo!! stevo!! You're at it again you little tinker. Making judgements and assumptions without reading the article. Where did it say there was a 'conversation'? It only said that the suspect walked up and spoke to the victim before assaulting him. It didn't say anything about the victim saying anything back. Therefore, not a conversation.

Oh but wait! On second thoughts, you may be right. I bet the victim did say something back and the police just want to hide it from us. In fact, I bet the victim was actually waving a knife at the suspect who just defended himself but the victim actually had a family member in the police so they're just trying to protect their own! NO! HANG ON!...THE VICTIM WAS ACTUALLY A POLICE OFFICER WHO JUST WALKED UP AND ASSAULTED THE SUSPECT FOR NO REASON AND NOW THE POLICE HAVE HAD TO COME UP WITH THIS WHOLE OTHER STORY!!!!

I'll tell you what stevo!! I thought you were just a cretin but this conspiracy stuff is actually quite good fun.
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: "seemingly unprovoked" So the victim was unable to say what the conversation was about? Hmm......common sense says that the attack will have been prompted by that exchange - why do the police withhold important detail in such cases?[/p][/quote]stevo!! stevo!! stevo!! You're at it again you little tinker. Making judgements and assumptions without reading the article. Where did it say there was a 'conversation'? It only said that the suspect walked up and spoke to the victim before assaulting him. It didn't say anything about the victim saying anything back. Therefore, not a conversation. Oh but wait! On second thoughts, you may be right. I bet the victim did say something back and the police just want to hide it from us. In fact, I bet the victim was actually waving a knife at the suspect who just defended himself but the victim actually had a family member in the police so they're just trying to protect their own! NO! HANG ON!...THE VICTIM WAS ACTUALLY A POLICE OFFICER WHO JUST WALKED UP AND ASSAULTED THE SUSPECT FOR NO REASON AND NOW THE POLICE HAVE HAD TO COME UP WITH THIS WHOLE OTHER STORY!!!! I'll tell you what stevo!! I thought you were just a cretin but this conspiracy stuff is actually quite good fun. Watchdog50
  • Score: 5

11:18pm Thu 31 Jul 14

hubby says...

He probably said
"Would you mind not using that kind of language in front of my wife and kids"
20 years ago in Sussex that would have got a "Sorry mate.Didn't realise"
and everything would have been fine.
Now it gets you a kicking in front of your family.
Nice.
He probably said "Would you mind not using that kind of language in front of my wife and kids" 20 years ago in Sussex that would have got a "Sorry mate.Didn't realise" and everything would have been fine. Now it gets you a kicking in front of your family. Nice. hubby
  • Score: 3

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