Two injured in violent assault

TWO men were injured during a violent assault in Battle town centre on Saturday night.

The two men, aged 53 and 20, were walking along Upper Lake when they got into a dispute with two men in a passing car just before 9.15pm.

The victims were then punched and kicked in Lower Lake by one of the men in the vehicle.

The car drove off towards Battle.

The 53-year-old victim was taken to the Conquest Hospital, Hastings, with a head injury, which was not life threatening.

The 20-year-old man suffered cuts and abrasions in the altercation.

A 28-year-old man from Battle was arrested on suspicion of assault shortly afterwards.

Police questioned the man and he was released on bail until June 6.

Rumours were flying around the town earlier in the week that someone had been stabbed in the incident.

But the police now appear to have quashed this rumour.

At a meeting of Battle Town Council on Tuesday evening, one Police Community Support Officer said the incident had initially been treated as GBH, but later downgraded to actual bodily harm.

She also stressed that the incident was not linked in any way to the nearby Chequers pub.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting serial 1520 of 13/4.

Alternatively call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111..