Police hunting man after incident in Hampden Park

Percival Road, Eastbourne SUS-150501-114546001
Percival Road, Eastbourne SUS-150501-114546001

Police arrested two men and were hunting a third man after a car was driven into a police vehicle in Eastbourne today (Monday January 5).

Sussex Police were called at 9.55am, to reports of three men causing a disturbance in the Hampden Park area.

One of the men was reportedly armed with a length of wood demanding the occupant of a house in Southern Road come outside.

The occupant refused and the three men ran off towards a silver BMW car.

A police dog unit van was in the area so went to the scene, where it managed to box the car in Shepherds Close, off Percival Road.

As an officer approached the car and was trying to remove the driver, a rear seat passenger jumped into the driver’s seat.

He then reversed the BMW into the empty police vehicle parked behind it.

A police spokesman said no one was hurt.

Police arrested a 25-year-old man at the scene for affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

A 45-year-old Eastbourne man was also arrested at the scene for driving offences, affray and possession with intent to supply a class A drug. The pair were taken into custody.

A Sussex Police spokeswoman said officers were still hunting a third man, as the Gazette went to press yesterday, despite a police search of the area.

He is described as white, around six foot tall , of slim build with short brown hair and he was wearing dark clothing.

There were several police cars in the Percival Road area yesterday, as the hunt for the third man continued, but the search was fruitless.

Sussex Police has now launched an appeal to catch the third man, and urge anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone who sees the man or has any information about the incident is asked to contact police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting the reference 0296 of 05/01.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 with any information about the whereabouts of the third man.