Two teenagers were assaulted with a stun gun in Eastbourne Town Centre.
The pair, aged 18, were with a third man and had left Cameo’s in Langney Road to walk along Terminus Road towards Eastbourne railway station, at about 3.30am.
They were approached near Barclays Bank by a man who pushed something into one of the trio’s faces.
He sensed a flash and felt a sharp pain before pulling what appeared to be two metal barbs from his skin.
A companion was also hit with the device – described as resembling an electric shaver or television remote control – and fell stunned to the ground.
Both quickly recovered and did not need hospital treatment.
Their attacker was said to be in his early to mid 30s, 6’, tanned, of muscular build and with black hair. He was wearing a blue polo or t-shirt and jeans, and had a large tattoo on his right arm.
Inspector Rachel Barrow, of Eastbourne police, said, “This was a rare and very unusual attack. Fortunately neither victim was seriously hurt.
“However, we are keen to establish exactly what happened and to identify the man with the taser-like device.”
Anyone who was in the area at the time, who saw what happened or who has other information is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 101, quoting serial 688 of 21/4.
Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.