UPDATE: Man slashed in city centre fracas is "improving"

Police at the crime scene

Police at the crime scene

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A man is still fighting for his life after his neck was slashed during a fight but his condition is described as "improving". 

The 22-year-old was attacked amid a series of confrontations in Brighton during the early hours yesterday.

Police officers were “covered in blood” as they fought to save his life before he was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

He remained there in a critical condition yesterday night but this morning a Sussex Police spokesman said his condition was "improving".

Crime officers combed the scene in Castle Square and took away bins to check for evidence but a weapon was not found yesterday. It is unknown what weapon was used in the fight.

Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp tweeted officers were “covered in blood” as they administered emergency first aid at the scene.

The victim, who is Hungarian, was involved in one of a series of incidents in Castle Square near the Be At One Bar, police said.

The confrontation moved outside the Natwest bank at 5am and the man was attacked.

A doorman, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “A man at a bar went across the road and it all happened.”

The area was cordoned off yesterday morning and during the early part of the afternoon while forensic teams scoured the area.

Jake Halls, a web designer and photographer who witnessed the scene and sent pictures to The Argus, said: “Police seemed to be taking away bins for evidence, presumably looking for the missing weapon.

“There were half a dozen cars and vans and about a dozen police officers on the scene. There was also was a small forensics team in white body suits.”

A worker in Castle Square who did not wish to be named said the area was cordoned off from first thing in the morning and there were “police everywhere”.

Detective Inspector Lee Horner said: “We believe this man had been out for the night and got involved in a disturbance at the bottom of North Street.

“He has then suffered a serious wound to his neck, lost a lot of blood and has been taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in a life threatening condition.

“At this stage we don’t know the weapon used.”

“We believe the suspect was with a group involved in the broader disturbance and was wearing a black hoody.

“It was a busy time of night as people left bars and clubs and this happened opposite a taxi rank. We are appealing to anyone who saw the fight or was at the taxi rank at the time to talk to us.”

Call police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 332 of 10/8.

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10:05am Mon 11 Aug 14

s&k says...

What a lovely nightlife culture we've created - utter savagery. Let's hope this poor young guy pulls through.
What a lovely nightlife culture we've created - utter savagery. Let's hope this poor young guy pulls through. s&k
  • Score: 12

10:43am Mon 11 Aug 14

Dan Gleballs says...

Why cant these so called men just fight with there fists!!!!

99% of the time, you just wake up in the morning with a few bruises and a dented ego!!
Why cant these so called men just fight with there fists!!!! 99% of the time, you just wake up in the morning with a few bruises and a dented ego!! Dan Gleballs
  • Score: 1

10:55am Mon 11 Aug 14

localboy78 says...

I wouldn't go out on a night out in Brighton if it were the last place on earth. Chavvy, rough, boozy, staggy and henny...the pits.

I much prefer going out in London (specifically South Bank, Chelsea, Kensington, Putney, Richmond). Far more civilised and much more thriving and fun.

Brighton is a cess pit and I can't wait to get out of here.
I wouldn't go out on a night out in Brighton if it were the last place on earth. Chavvy, rough, boozy, staggy and henny...the pits. I much prefer going out in London (specifically South Bank, Chelsea, Kensington, Putney, Richmond). Far more civilised and much more thriving and fun. Brighton is a cess pit and I can't wait to get out of here. localboy78
  • Score: -26

1:16pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Hoarder12345444 says...

localboy78 wrote:
I wouldn't go out on a night out in Brighton if it were the last place on earth. Chavvy, rough, boozy, staggy and henny...the pits.

I much prefer going out in London (specifically South Bank, Chelsea, Kensington, Putney, Richmond). Far more civilised and much more thriving and fun.

Brighton is a cess pit and I can't wait to get out of here.
It's a cess pit is it. Oh really. Well move to some posh neighbourhood in Chelsea then.

Brighton is absolutely fine and this type of thing is very rare. I absolutely love it. Always buzzing and loads of places to go. Went out the other week and saw no trouble at all.
[quote][p][bold]localboy78[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't go out on a night out in Brighton if it were the last place on earth. Chavvy, rough, boozy, staggy and henny...the pits. I much prefer going out in London (specifically South Bank, Chelsea, Kensington, Putney, Richmond). Far more civilised and much more thriving and fun. Brighton is a cess pit and I can't wait to get out of here.[/p][/quote]It's a cess pit is it. Oh really. Well move to some posh neighbourhood in Chelsea then. Brighton is absolutely fine and this type of thing is very rare. I absolutely love it. Always buzzing and loads of places to go. Went out the other week and saw no trouble at all. Hoarder12345444
  • Score: 30

3:17pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Wide Bertha says...

localboy78 wrote:
I wouldn't go out on a night out in Brighton if it were the last place on earth. Chavvy, rough, boozy, staggy and henny...the pits.

I much prefer going out in London (specifically South Bank, Chelsea, Kensington, Putney, Richmond). Far more civilised and much more thriving and fun.

Brighton is a cess pit and I can't wait to get out of here.
The railway station is situated at the top of Queens Rd.
[quote][p][bold]localboy78[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't go out on a night out in Brighton if it were the last place on earth. Chavvy, rough, boozy, staggy and henny...the pits. I much prefer going out in London (specifically South Bank, Chelsea, Kensington, Putney, Richmond). Far more civilised and much more thriving and fun. Brighton is a cess pit and I can't wait to get out of here.[/p][/quote]The railway station is situated at the top of Queens Rd. Wide Bertha
  • Score: 34

5:23pm Mon 11 Aug 14

roughsea says...

Can't people enjoy themselves before midnight , don't they they have a job to go to. The council and government are morons, they created this night culture with out any concern for residents and the emergency services.
Can't people enjoy themselves before midnight , don't they they have a job to go to. The council and government are morons, they created this night culture with out any concern for residents and the emergency services. roughsea
  • Score: 3

5:38pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Zeta Function says...

Cheaper to have more policing and improved security, than to pay the bills of the emergency medical and crime scene services.

Close down the bars if the security isn't up to scratch. Send the bills to the proprietors.
Cheaper to have more policing and improved security, than to pay the bills of the emergency medical and crime scene services. Close down the bars if the security isn't up to scratch. Send the bills to the proprietors. Zeta Function
  • Score: 10

5:52pm Mon 11 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

Zeta Function wrote:
Cheaper to have more policing and improved security, than to pay the bills of the emergency medical and crime scene services.

Close down the bars if the security isn't up to scratch. Send the bills to the proprietors.
And who pays for the security in the streets away from the bars?
[quote][p][bold]Zeta Function[/bold] wrote: Cheaper to have more policing and improved security, than to pay the bills of the emergency medical and crime scene services. Close down the bars if the security isn't up to scratch. Send the bills to the proprietors.[/p][/quote]And who pays for the security in the streets away from the bars? stevo!!
  • Score: -59

7:08pm Mon 11 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

s&k wrote:
What a lovely nightlife culture we've created - utter savagery. Let's hope this poor young guy pulls through.
Amazing, though, how thousands of people somehow manage to get home safely after a night out in Brighton without having had any awkward moments.
[quote][p][bold]s&k[/bold] wrote: What a lovely nightlife culture we've created - utter savagery. Let's hope this poor young guy pulls through.[/p][/quote]Amazing, though, how thousands of people somehow manage to get home safely after a night out in Brighton without having had any awkward moments. stevo!!
  • Score: -39

8:16pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Juliusinnit says...

I'm not sure how much the quote from the doorman adds to this piece. "A man went from a bar...." What man? Why?
I'm not sure how much the quote from the doorman adds to this piece. "A man went from a bar...." What man? Why? Juliusinnit
  • Score: 1

8:28pm Mon 11 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

Juliusinnit wrote:
I'm not sure how much the quote from the doorman adds to this piece. "A man went from a bar...." What man? Why?
It adds precisely nothing.
[quote][p][bold]Juliusinnit[/bold] wrote: I'm not sure how much the quote from the doorman adds to this piece. "A man went from a bar...." What man? Why?[/p][/quote]It adds precisely nothing. stevo!!
  • Score: -44

9:51pm Mon 11 Aug 14

John_Smith63 says...

stevo!! wrote:
Juliusinnit wrote:
I'm not sure how much the quote from the doorman adds to this piece. "A man went from a bar...." What man? Why?
It adds precisely nothing.
The doorman who wishes to remain anonymous on the Argus article is pretty much blabbing his mouth off on other social forums and being found that his story doesn't hold up to any scrutiny when questioned, even when reminded if he has given the Police a statement then he really shouldn't be divulging this elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Juliusinnit[/bold] wrote: I'm not sure how much the quote from the doorman adds to this piece. "A man went from a bar...." What man? Why?[/p][/quote]It adds precisely nothing.[/p][/quote]The doorman who wishes to remain anonymous on the Argus article is pretty much blabbing his mouth off on other social forums and being found that his story doesn't hold up to any scrutiny when questioned, even when reminded if he has given the Police a statement then he really shouldn't be divulging this elsewhere. John_Smith63
  • Score: 0

10:19pm Mon 11 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

John_Smith63 wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
Juliusinnit wrote:
I'm not sure how much the quote from the doorman adds to this piece. "A man went from a bar...." What man? Why?
It adds precisely nothing.
The doorman who wishes to remain anonymous on the Argus article is pretty much blabbing his mouth off on other social forums and being found that his story doesn't hold up to any scrutiny when questioned, even when reminded if he has given the Police a statement then he really shouldn't be divulging this elsewhere.
And which bit of his story doesn't add up?
[quote][p][bold]John_Smith63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Juliusinnit[/bold] wrote: I'm not sure how much the quote from the doorman adds to this piece. "A man went from a bar...." What man? Why?[/p][/quote]It adds precisely nothing.[/p][/quote]The doorman who wishes to remain anonymous on the Argus article is pretty much blabbing his mouth off on other social forums and being found that his story doesn't hold up to any scrutiny when questioned, even when reminded if he has given the Police a statement then he really shouldn't be divulging this elsewhere.[/p][/quote]And which bit of his story doesn't add up? stevo!!
  • Score: -20

11:49pm Mon 11 Aug 14

worthingite says...

Another contributed picture, fool member of the public, just means they sit there and laugh at you, saves them time/ money/parking.
Another contributed picture, fool member of the public, just means they sit there and laugh at you, saves them time/ money/parking. worthingite
  • Score: -5

10:33am Tue 12 Aug 14

AlbionAli says...

Well done Toby Cackett for holding this guys neck together until the police arrived ! You saved his life !
Well done Toby Cackett for holding this guys neck together until the police arrived ! You saved his life ! AlbionAli
  • Score: 3

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