A gang of youths has been arrested on suspicion of attacking a rough sleeper in the centre of Brighton in the early hours of this morning (Monday 20 August).
Sussex Police said: “At 2.43am on Monday 20 August, police were contacted by South East Coast Ambulance following a report of a serious assault in Old Steine, Brighton.
“A man is reported to have been repeatedly punched and kicked by a group of youths at the location, close to St James’s Street.
“The victim, a 37-year-old man of no fixed address, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.
“Following inquiries, police arrested nine people on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm in Black Lion Street shortly afterwards.
“They are seven men from Brighton and Hove, aged between 18 and 23, a 19-year-old man from London and a 22-year-old woman from Hove.
“They all remain in custody at this stage.
“Forensics investigations are currently being carried out and the scene.”