Heatwave crimewave on Eastbourne’s streets

Scen of personal attack in Seaside Road outside Chan's Dimsum restaurant. July 25th 2013 E30179P
Scen of personal attack in Seaside Road outside Chan's Dimsum restaurant. July 25th 2013 E30179P

Eastbourne Police have been kept busy in the summer heat with a handful of incidents being reported in the last week.

A man is fighting for his life with serious head injuries following a fight in the town centre on Wednesday night and a second is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in Shinewater on Tuesday.

Police are also appealing for information about a cycling thief who has stolen three handbags as he rides around the town and for witnesses to come forward after a woman said she was raped in Pig Lane in broad daylight on Monday morning.

Two people, Dean Hobbs and Arden Lindo, have also appeared in court in connection with breaching a new order brought in to tackle anti social behaviour on the seafront and in the town centre.

However, police inspector Rachel Barrow said, “We would like to reassure the community that none of these incidents are linked and on most of them we have quickly made arrests and charges have followed. We value the support of the community and we often ask for their help for information so we can establish what has happened and make arrests.”

The latest incident was when a man was attacked in Seaside Road late on Wednesday night and had to be rushed to Hurstwood Park Neurological Hospital with a serious head injury.

The 46-year-old man, who is local and believed to be a street drinker, is said to have had an altercation with two women just before 11pm and an unknown man intervened and assaulted the victim, who collapsed on the pavement. His attacker was last seen running off.

He is described as a white man, aged in his early 30s, of tanned complexion, 6’, of stocky athletic build with short cropped hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and white footwear.

Detective Inspector Mark O’Brien said, “At this stage no suspects have been arrested and we are appealing to members of the public who may have been in that locality to come forward.”

The man’s condition at Hurstwood Park is said to be critical but stable.

Officers are also appealing for witnesses to come forward after a woman said she was walking along the Cuckoo Trail when she saw two men, one of whom was known to her, pushed to the ground and raped her before they ran off.

Detective Inspector Gavin Patch said, “We would like to speak to a man who was walking his dog who may have spoken to two men and a woman in this location.”