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Man arrested in connection with assault at Royal Pavilion Gardens

09 Aug, 2018 12:48 News Witness Appeals

A man has been arrested in connection with a serious assault at Royal Pavilion Gardens in Brighton.

The incident occurred close to Brighton Museum and Art Gallery about 11.55pm on Tuesday (7 August), and was reported to police by a passer-by who discovered the victim about 7am the following day (Wednesday 8 August).

He is a rough sleeper believed to be in his 50s, and currently remains in a critical condition at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where he is being treated for serious head injuries.

The gardens were closed for a number of hours while forensics investigations were carried out, and the area has since been reopened to the public.

Following enquiries, officers arrested a 32-year-old man, also a rough sleeper, in nearby Church Street shortly before 9pm on Wednesday (8 August) on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains in custody and at this stage, police are not seeking anyone else in connection with the incident.

Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney said: “We believe this incident is isolated to the street community in Brighton. We would encourage any individual who is frightened or worried, or who has witnessed an incident you think we should be aware of, to contact us. We are here to help.”

Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Dickenson.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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