Two youths have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a teenager was stabbed in a street.

A 17-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man have been detained on suspicion of attacking another 17-year-old teenager yesterday evening.

The teenager was found with stab wounds in the street and was taken to hospital where he was fighting for his life.

Police have now confirmed that he remains in hospital but his injuries are no longer thought to be life-threatening.

A Sussex Police spokesman said that they were called to Wannock Road in Polegate at 9pm yesterday where they found the 17-year-old teenager with stab wounds.

He added: “A 17-year-old boy from St Leonards and an 18-year-old man of no fixed address have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. They remain in custody at this time.”

The Argus: Forensic officers in PolegateForensic officers in Polegate (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

Detective Inspector Jess Langlands said: “I understand this will be distressing for the community, but I would like to assure them that this is understood to be an isolated incident between a group of people known to each other.

“We are asking anyone who witnessed anything suspicious around that time or has relevant CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage to call 101, quoting Operation Hutch.”

Forensic officers scoured the scene in Polegate in the early hours of this morning in search for evidence.

A heavy police presence is expected in the town this afternoon.