VIDEO footage shows the moment a woman pours liquid over a man after he had been attacked.

The clip was filmed at about 8.30pm on Sunday night in Duke’s Street in Brighton.

Witnesses say a group of about five people followed the 60-year-old man along nearby Ship Street before launching the assault.

One man can be seen kicking him on the floor while he screams in agony.

After the attack, one person can be heard spitting and a woman was filmed pouring liquid on the man, who it is thought may be homeless.

A witness said: “I was on my way to the cinema when it happened. It was awful, they were following him along the road shouting at him and then they all piled on him.

“People were screaming ‘stop, stop’ but they kept going. He wasn’t even fighting back. They kept shouting at him while he was on the floor.

“It’s terrible to see this happening on our city’s streets, I really hope the poor man is OK.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “At 8.35pm on Sunday a 60-year-old man was attacked by a number of people in Duke Street, Brighton, sustaining injuries from kicking and punching.

“Video taken at the time was given to police by a passerby and enquiries are ongoing.”

Following the video, a campaigner against homelessness has warned about violence on the street.

Jim Deans, who runs the Sussex Homeless Support buses in Madeira Drive, said: “Worryingly, people who tuck themselves out the way and are not intruding on the public, are an easier target.

“Most of the guys are so exhausted physically and mentally as they’ve not slept for days.

“Violence is rife in the city, it’s absolutely every day and it’s not just men, it’s women too. The most common violence you see is from the public, whether verbally or physically. If you don’t agree with someone begging or sleeping rough, then just walk past. If you can’t help them up, don’t help them down.”

Anyone who knows who the people in the video may be should contact the police online at or by calling 101.