POLICE were called to a pub after two men had their bottoms pinched.

Officers said two men were then assaulted and one was left with serious facial injuries.

He needed reconstructive surgery.

The other man was also punched in the face and both were taken to the Conquest Hospital in St Leonards.

The assault happened in Wishingtree Road, St Leonards, on December 21.

Police arrested a 33-year-old man from St Leonards on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

He has been released under investigation while enquiries are continuing.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Officers are still searching for a second suspect in relation to the incident and appeal for any witnesses of the assault to come forward to us.”

He added: “You can report information to us either online or call 101 quoting 1454 of 21/12. Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously.