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

The 17-year-old was found with stab wounds in Wannock Road, Polegate, on Monday night and was taken to hospital where he was fighting for his life.

Yesterday, police said he remained in hospital but his injuries were no longer thought to be life-threatening.

A 17-year-old boy from St Leonards and an 18-year-old youth of no fixed address were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Sussex Police said today they have been bailed, pending further enquiries.

Detective Inspector Jess Langlands said yesterday: “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 could be seen scouring the scene in Polegate in the early hours of Monday morning in search for evidence.