A MAN was fighting for his life last night after being attacked in a town centre street in the early hours of yesterday morning (Tuesday, March 22).
The man, who police say is local but has no fixed address, suffered a serious head injury and was undergoing surgery at Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre as the Gazette went to press yesterday.
Police and ambulance crews were called to Bourne Street at its junction with Langney Road at around 12.30am on Tuesday morning.
They discovered the man lying in a pool of blood and he was rushed to the DGH before being transferred to the specialist centre at Haywards Heath.
Police officers kept a guard on the scene throughout the night until first light, when forensic teams began looking for evidence and senior detectives arrived.
The area surrounding the assault was cordoned off for forensic examination and CCTV in the area is being viewed for evidence.
Children making their way to neighbouring Bourne School had to walk round police cordons and traffic was diverted as the small strip of road outside the Coda Bar was closed off.
Detective Inspector Paul Phelps was at the scene on Tuesday morning and told the Gazette emergency services had received a call that a man had suffered serious head injuries.
He said, “The man is undergoing surgery at this moment and we are trying to piece together exactly what happened. We are in the early stages of investigating this extremely serious assault. High visibility patrols will be in the area offering reassurance and conducting house-to-house enquiries.
“A man and woman were seen leaving the crime scene shortly before the victim was found by a member of the public and I believe they may be involved. I am appealing for anyone with any information to contact police immediately.”
Yesterday, a local man and woman were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
Police have launched an investigation, codenamed Operation Downfield, and are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 0845 6070999.