UPDATE: Victims of McDonald’s attack in Eastbourne were 11, 14 and 16

McDonald's Terminus Road Eastbourne.
McDonald's Terminus Road Eastbourne.

The victims of an attack outside McDonald’s last week were aged 11, 14 and 16, it has emerged.

Sussex Police said three German language students were attacked outside the McDonald’s restaurant in Terminus Road, by a group of teenage girls on Wednesday (April 8) at about 8.15pm.

After being pushed and shoved, one student fell to the floor and was kicked in the head, drink was poured over another and the third was struck on the head.

Sussex Police said the victims were two boys, aged 11 and 16, and a girl aged 14.

A bystander, a 59-year-old man, who tried to intervene was also assaulted, being pushed to the floor and struck in the face.

Three local girls, aged 14, 15 and 16, were arrested on suspicion of assault and have been bailed until May 1 while enquiries continue.

Sergeant Howard Nevill, of Eastbourne police, called it “a nasty attack”, and said “fortunately no one was seriously hurt”.

Police are still seeking witnesses to the attack, and ask anyone who saw the incident to call 101, with the reference 1554 of 8/4.

Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.

The attack prompted a lengthy debate on the Herald’s Facebook page, which can be viewed at www.facebook.com/pages/Eastbourne-Herald-and-Gazette