A MAN was left with serious injuries after he was attacked with a hammer at a popular Rother beauty spot.
The 21-year-old is believed to have been taken from an address in Hastings to Brede High Woods last Thursday night (September 19).
Paramedics were called just before 2am on Friday and the victim was taken to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings.
South East Coast Ambulance Service in turn called police.
Brede High Woods, which stretches between Brede and Cripps Corner, is a popular spot for dog walkers, families and nature lovers.
One Battle man tried to walk his dog in the woods over the weekend only to find the woods were cordoned off and the area ‘swarming’ with police.
He told the Observer: “There were three or four patrol cars, plus a forensic van.
“It looked pretty serious.”
Three people have already been charged in connection with the incident and police are hunting fourth man who they want to question in connection with the attack.
Detective Inspector Rob Morland, of Sussex Police, said: “Our investigation has led us to wanting to talk to Sam Simon, 21, who normally lives in Hastings and we would like to hear from anyone who knows his whereabouts or indeed from he himself.”
Two men and a boy have already appeared before magistrates in connection with the matter and remanded in custody.
Artur Oganesyan, 22, a student of Stanley Road, Hastings and Melik Yelcin, 19, unemployed of Kenilworth Road, St Leonards-on-Sea have both been charged with false imprisonment and robbery.
They appeared before magistrates at Brighton on Saturday (September 22) where they were both remanded for trial.
A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also charged with false imprisonment and robbery and also appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.
He was remanded in custody until a later date.
Police are urging any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 101 or e-mail email@example.com quoting serial 68 of 20/09.
Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.