Police investigate ‘homophobic motive’ for vicious attack

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Two Crawley teenagers have been arrested in connection with a ‘vicious attack’, said Sussex Police.

A spokesman said: “At 5am on Monday (May 2) officers in a patrolling police car were flagged down by a passing taxi driver who told them two men had just been attacked in Kings Road, on the south pavement opposite the Queens Hotel, Brighton.”

Officers found two men, aged their 20s, who were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital with facial and head injuries. One suffered a fractured eye socket.

The spokesman said: “Two men were arrested at the scene after a struggle with an officer on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, causing actual bodily harm, and assault on police.”

After being interviewed the men, both aged 18 and from Crawley, were released on police bail until 5 July while enquiries continue.

Detective Constable Sarah Townsend said; “We would like to speak to that taxi driver, and to anyone else who saw what happened.

“A homophobic motive for the attacks is one of our principal lines of enquiry.”

Email: 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor call on 101.