A POLICE officer has been taken to hospital after being assaulted while breaking up a large group of people on Hove Lawns.

Officers were called to reports of antisocial behaviour involving a large group of people on the seafront green this evening. 

The officer was assaulted, the force says, and a man has been arrested. 

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The officer and another member of the public have been taken to hospital for treatment. 

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Any assault on an emergency services worker is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. 

“We will respond to - and take action against - any reports of disruption or disorder in the city.”

A Section 34 dispersal order has now been put in place at Hove Lawns. 

This means that anyone who is told to leave the area by police must do so.

Failure to leave is a criminal offence and you can be arrested. 

The spokesman added: “In the meantime, we will maintain a policing presence in the area for community reassurance and seek to identify any further offences committed. 

“Thank you for you patience and understanding. Your safety is our priority.”
Divisional Commander for Brighton and Hove, Chief Superintendent Nick May, added: “Such antisocial and in some cases criminal behaviour is not acceptable to the residents of Brighton and Hove, nor to Sussex Police. 

“Your local police officers seeking to keep the peace and keep people safe.”

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