Man badly hurt in Brighton substation electric shock

Police at the scene in Spring Street
Image caption The 40-year-old man is currently in a critical condition in hospital

A 40-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after receiving an electric shock at a power substation in Brighton.

Sussex Police said the man suffered life-threatening injuries in Spring Street at about 04:20 BST.

North Road was cordoned off for about three hours to allow emergency service vehicles access to the site.

It is believed officers, concerned for the man's safety, had been trying to negotiate with him before the incident.

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said the Independent Police Complaints Commission had been notified "as a matter of standard procedure".

The spokeswoman added: "Police were called to an electrical substation in North Road, Brighton, due to concerns for a man's welfare at around 4.20am this morning.

"The man has been taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, with life-threatening injuries having received an electric shock."

The Health and Safety Executive has also been notified.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was also called to the incident.

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