Brighton homeless man attack 'was attempted murder'

An attack on a homeless man whose sleeping bag was set on fire should be treated as attempted murder, a housing charity has said.

The man suffered burns to his legs and feet when he allegedly woke to find his sleeping bag alight in Brighton.

Brighton Housing Trust's chief executive Andy Winter said it was a life-threatening situation and deserved the "most serious charges".

Sussex Police are treating the attack as an assault.

"People have died when this has happened. And clearly that is one of the possible outcomes, that the person might have died," said Mr Winter.

"It should be treated with the full force of the law. It should have the most serious charges brought against people. It should be attempted murder."

Emergency services were called to London Road where a 39-year-old man said he suffered burns in an attack in a doorway on Western Road.

Det Sgt James Meanwell described it as a "nasty assault" and appealed for witnesses.

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