A MAN who was seriously injured when he was hit by a police car has been named by his family as Andy Gunn.

The Sussex Police car was responding to an emergency call on Wednesday when it crashed into Mr Gunn in Bear Road, Brighton at about 7.40am.

Friends and family are now rallying around to help raise money for his recovery.

A fundraising webpage created by his niece this afternoon, has raised £210.

It reads: “Andy was involved in a serious collision causing quite a lot of injuries to his legs, so I thought I’d set up this gofundme to help him out in any way it can.

“If you know him, he is the funniest, loudest, mouthiest geezer in the pub.

“He is so close to us all and would help anyone with anything.

“He is going to be in hospital for quite a while so if anyone can help in any way, I know he would really appreciate it.

“All our love to uncle Drew”

Support for the family-man has flooded in online since the news broke.

People from across Brighton and beyond have wished Andy a speedy recovery.

A link to his GoFundMe page can be found here.

Police say they were following “a vehicle of interest”, after reports of the theft of a motocross bike from Stanmer Park when the accident happened.

Nearby Bevendean Primary School was put on lockdown as armed officers arrested two men in the car park.

Sussex Police announced today that the 20-year-old man and 16-year-old boy who were arrested have since been released without charge.