A man needed treatment for serious head injuries and a broken cheekbone after he was attacked with a ladder.
The victim and his friends had just left the Kings Head pub in East Hoathly when they were confronted by a group of men on the High Street towards Buttsfield Lane.
The man was then hit in the face with a metal ladder around 11pm on the evening of the bonfire event on Saturday, November 10.
Sussex Police has launched an appeal for witnesses to an assault in which the victim suffered serious head injuries including a broken cheekbone and was taken to Royal Surrey County Hospital for treatment.
Detective constable Richard Holder said: “This was a vicious assault which has left the victim with some nasty facial injuries. We are trying to establish exactly what happened and are asking anyone who was in the village during the evening and at the celebrations if they saw anything suspicious. Did you see a group of 10 - 15 young men involved in a fight around Buttsfield Lane? We believe the suspect’s first name is Tim and he is described as white, about 21 years old, skinny and quite tall. He was wearing a distinctive navy blue jumper with a white snowflake pattern on the front. Please come forward to police on 101 quoting serial 0863 of 11/11.”