Man hit and bitten after asking noisy Crawley cinema-goer to be quiet


Police are appealing for witnesses after a cinema-goer was assaulted after he asked someone to stop talking during a film.

The 28-year-old was left with bite marks, cuts, bruises and broken glasses after he was attacked in Cineworld, Crawley, on Sunday (June 1)

Sussex Police said the man was with his girlfriend at the cinema, in Crawley Leisure Park, London Road, when the attack happened at 7.20pm.

A police spokesman said: “The victim was watching a film with his girlfriend when he asked the loud-talking man sitting behind him to be quiet.

“The man then hit the victim on the back of the head which caused the victim to leave.

“The man followed him outside the screen and attacked him.

“The victim suffered a bite mark on his head and cuts and bruising to his face and neck. His glasses were also broken.”

The attacker was described as a mixed race man, aged 20 to 25, 6ft to 6ft 2ins tall, of medium build and with short shaven afro hair.

He was wearing a brown T-shirt, jeans and dark trainers.

Police said they were especially keen to speak to a white man who was seen to step-in, believed to be wearing light coloured cargo shorts and a black top.

PC Mark Robinson said: “This was a nasty assault on someone who asked another cinema-goer to keep his talking down so he could enjoy the film.

“The victim and his girlfriend have been very shaken by the incident and the victim has some nasty injuries.

“The cinema was busy that evening and it is hoped someone would have seen the incident”

Any witness or anyone with information is asked to call 101 or email quoting serial 1326 of 1/6. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.