Men arrested over hammer attack released without charge

The Haven Centre, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, where a man was taken to hospital following a 'hammer attack'. SR1513908. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150617-140755001
The Haven Centre, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, where a man was taken to hospital following a 'hammer attack'. SR1513908. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150617-140755001

Two men who were arrested over a hammer attack which left a man bleeding in a car have been released without charge.

Sussex Police said they were released due to insufficient evidence after the victim of the attack told officers he did not want to proceed with the case.

A police spokesman said: “A 28-year-old man from Copthorne Common and a 22-year-old man from Crawley, arrested in connection with a hammer attack on a 31-year-old man outside the Haven Centre, Crawley Down, on 16 June this year and bailed until October 8, have both been released without charge on grounds of insufficient evidence after the victim told police he did not want to proceed with the case.”

Emergency services were called to the scene of the attack just before 4pm.

The man, 31, from East Grinstead, was taken to East Surrey Hospital with head injuries and broken ribs from the attack. His mobile phone and car keys had been stolen.

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