By Anna Hayward
A man has been left with life threatening injuries after being attacked by two teenagers in Brighton in the early hours of this morning.
The 42 year old received serious head injuries when he was attacked by 18 and 17 year olds in St James Street.
The man was initially taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital for treatment.
However he has since been transferred to Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, where he remains in critical condition with his family by his bedside.
The teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm however the attack is not being considered as a hate crime incident.
Detectives are considering this may be linked to an incident that happened 90 minutes earlier where two men assaulted and robbed a 21 and 20 year old in Washington.
Detective Chief Inspector Nick May from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Branch Team said: “Officers have remained at the scene throughout the day, speaking to residents and local businesses.
“It is still unclear how the victim received his injuries and I would appeal to anyone who heard a disturbance or witnessed any suspicious activity between 11.30pm (25 October) and 12.30am (26 October) near the junction of St James’s Street and the New Steine, and has not yet spoken to officers, to please get touch as a matter of urgency. We are also keen to hear from witnesses who saw or heard a moped being driven up or down St James’s Street during these hours. Please contact us, your call will be dealt with in the utmost confidence.”
A scene guard remains on the scene while officers carry out forensic examinations however the cordon is due to be lifted shortly.
Witnesses and anyone with information that could help police with their enquiries are asked to call 101 quoting Op Redshank or leave a message anonymously with the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.