Man in coma after ‘violent’ Eastbourne attack

A man is in an induced coma after being seriously injured in an incident in Eastbourne on Sunday (January 5).

Monday, 6th January 2020, 2:29 pm
Updated Monday, 13th January 2020, 12:35 pm

Police are appealing for witnesses after the 20-year-old local man suffered significant head and torso injuries ‘consistent with an assault’.

The incident happened at around 8.20am in Priory Road.

Police are appealing for witnesses
Police are appealing for witnesses

Police say he remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Detective Sergeant Jason Hoadley, of the Eastbourne Investigations team, said, “We’d like to hear from anyone who saw what happened, or anyone with any CCTV or dash cam footage which may have captured an incident in Priory Road – and the surrounding area – that morning, focusing on the early hours up until 8.20am.

“Specifically, we’re keen for residents in the area to check for any possible damage to their garden or property. Any information at all could prove vital to our investigation.

“We believe this was a violent but isolated assault on a young man, whose attacker or attackers may have been known to him.”

If you have any information about the incident, you can report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Catton.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.