Police today launched an appeal to track down a mystery witness to two incidents in Kings Road, Brighton, opposite the Mercure Hotel earlier in September.
On Monday 8 September at around 2am, and again on Wednesday 10 September at around 12.30am, at a public shelter in Kings Road, near the junction with Norfolk Street, some street drinkers were approached by two men who got out of a van, one of whom is alleged to have stolen a mobile phone on the first occasion.
On the second occasion there was altercation between the drinkers and the two men.
One of the drinkers, a 58-year old man, was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, but was later released without charge.
One of the men who got out of the van, a 40-year old from Hampton Hill, Middlesex, was arrested on suspicion of common assault, damaging his police cell, and assaulting a police custody staff member, and was later bailed until 16 October while enquiries continue.
The other man who got out of the van, a 50-year old from Whitton, Middlesex, was arrested on suspicion of common assault and was bailed until 9 October.
PC Sue Williams said; “The background to these incidents is not clear at present and we are still working to establish the full circumstances.
“That passer-by, of whom we currently have no description, and anyone else who saw what happened on either occasion, is asked to contact Sussex Police via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting serial 24 of 10/09. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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