Witnesses sought to vicious Lewes attack

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Police are seeking further witnesses to an assault on a man in Lewes in August.

The 55-year-old man from Brighton was with a female friend in Paddock Road, having left The Paddock recreation ground just after 8pm on Saturday, August 16.

Police said he was set upon by a man, who assaulted him and stole a Fair Trade cloth bag containing an iPad, an iPhone, a speaker and other personal effects.

Detective Constable Linda Hoad said: “This was a vicious attack that left the man covered in blood and understandably distressed.

“He was treated for cuts and grazes to his head, shoulder and elbow at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

“During the assault, the suspect was heard by some witnesses to make racist remarks and we are investigating this as a racially-motivated incident.

“We have spoken to a number of witnesses, but would still like to hear from anyone who may have information about the incident or the items that were stolen, which have not been recovered.”

The victim says that he and his friend were approached by the suspect in The Avenue about ten minutes before the attack took place.

He is described as white, in his early 40s, 5ft 10in-6ft, of heavy build, with mousey hair and wearing a green Lacoste polo shirt and jeans. He may have false teeth.

If you have any information about the incident or the stolen property, please email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting serial 1495 of 16/08.