A MAN is in a coma and fighting for life after a vicious attack in the town centre this week.
Detectives are now quizzing two people in connection with the assault in the early hours of Tuesday morning, which left the 32-year-old homeless man with serious head injuries.
He underwent surgery at the Hurstwood Park Neurological Hospital throughout the day on Tuesday and is in a medically-induced coma. Doctors say he is still critically ill with life-threatening injuries.
Police and ambulance crews were called to Bourne Street at around 12.30am on Tuesday morning after a passer-by discovered the man lying in a pool of blood.
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 has been 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 Bar Coda was closed off.
The road remained closed for most of the day and police launched Operation Downfield in an appeal for witnesses to come forward.
Police have been quick to reassure members of the public this was an isolated incident and in no way connected with the alleged murder in Ceylon Place last month.
Chief Inspector Jayne Dando told the Herald, “I know this may cause some concern due to the recent murder on Ceylon Place, but I stress that these two incidents are not linked in any way.
“Our neighbourhood police officers and PCSOs will continue to provide re-assurance patrols in and around our town centre community.
“I would urge anyone who has information to share about this offence to contact Sussex Police on 0845 6070999 quoting Operation Downfield or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
Two people arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of causing GBH were released on bail until forensic enquiries were carried out and reported back to the police station yesterday lunchtime (Thursday) for further questioning.