Sussex Police appeal for witnesses to Preston Park hate attack

Besi Besemar August 5, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Preston Park during the Pride on Saturday (August 2).

Sussex Police

Three men were punched, one unconscious, around 4.50pm near to the Hog Roast vans in the park.

Three men and one woman were sat on the grass near the vans when two men started to urinate close by. When the men were asked to use the toilets, they became aggressive and a fight broke out.

One of the victims, a 44-year-old man, was punched in the face and knocked out. The other two victims, a 32-year-old man and a 43-year-old man, attempted to stop the suspects and were assaulted in the process.

During this incident, the suspects are described as using racial and homophobic abuse towards two of the victims. All three were treated at the scene by St John Ambulance staff suffering from cuts and bruises.

Detective constable Chris Bishop said: “The two suspects are described as being white men in their 20’s or 30’s with Irish accents. One of them was topless and had tattoos on his body and the other was wearing a blue vest top.

“This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and we are appealing to anyone with information or saw what happened to speak to us on 101 or EMAIL:¬†quoting 1901 of 2/8.”