Rye Man 24, Arrested on Suspicion of Murder

Man dies following assault in Hastings


One of the two men assaulted in Havelock Road, Hastings on Friday morning (3 February) has sadly died.

Officers were called to the scene just before 1am after the victims, a 60-year-old and a 53-year-old, were found near the taxi rank with serious injuries.

Brian Hill, 60, from St Leonards was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital where he sadly passed away on Saturday afternoon (4 February). The other victim, who is also from St Leonards, remains in a stable condition in another hospital.

Two men, a 24-year-old from Rye and a 21-year-old from Hastings, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed until 21 March pending further enquiries.

Detective Superintendent Tanya Jones said: “This is obviously devastating news for Mr Hill’s friends and family who we are supporting at this difficult time.

“Four men were seen arguing over what is believed to have been a dispute about a taxi moments before the assault. We have already spoken to a number of witnesses, but we are still appealing to anyone who has not yet come forward to get in touch to help us build a picture of what happened.

“Any information could prove to be really important. You can report anything online quoting Operation Locket. Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

Rye’s Own Bulletin Monday 6 February 2017