Hastings Men Charged with Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent

Two men charged in connection with Hastings pub attack

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Two men have been charged in connection with an incident outside The Carlisle public house in Pelham Street, Hastings, in which a local man was attacked shortly before midnight on 20 February last year. The victim suffered significant injuries to his eyes leaving him blinded. The victim has endured a number of operations at the specialist eye hospital in Brighton who have been able to provide him with hope.

Matthew Barnes, 46, of Victoria Avenue, Hastings, has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent.

Oliver Wilkinson, 49, of Duke Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, has been similarly charged and also faces a further charge of witness intimidation.
Both men are due to appear before Brighton magistrates on Saturday, 25 February.

Police are still appealing for witnesses in connection with the incident who are asked to contact officers here quoting Operation Nuneaton.

They can also  contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Rye’s Own Bulletin Saturday 25 February 2-17