Brighton street attack: Two teenagers arrested

St James's Street, Brighton
Image caption Sussex Police believe the man's attackers fled the scene in St James's Street, Brighton, on a motorbike

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after a man was attacked in Brighton.

Sussex Police said the 42-year-old local man was assaulted in St James's Street in the city between 23:30 BST on Thursday and 00:30 BST on Friday.

He is in a critical condition with serious head injuries at Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre, Haywards Heath.

Police are questioning an 18-year-old man from Hove and a 17-year-old boy from Brighton.

The attack victim was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital and later transferred to Haywards Heath, where his family are at his bedside.

'Not hate crime'

Officers have remained at the scene throughout the day talking to residents and businesses.

"It is still unclear how the victim received his injuries and I would appeal to anyone who heard a disturbance or witnessed any suspicious activity and has not yet spoken to officers, to please get touch as a matter of urgency," said Det Chief Insp Nick May.

"We are also keen to hear from witnesses who saw or heard a moped being driven up or down St James's Street."

A police spokesman said the attack was not being treated as a hate crime.

Detectives are investigating whether it is linked to an assault and robbery 90 minutes later in Washington Street, near The Level.

In the second incident two men aged 20 and 21 were attacked by two other men.

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