Police have launched an investigation following two assaults in Eastbourne.

Officers attended The Beacon just after 8.30pm on Saturday (10 April) after a person suffered a stab wound to the stomach. He has been taken to hospital for treatment.

An area search for the suspects, who are believed to be known to the victim, is ongoing and there will be an increased policing presence in the area.

Shortly after, police received a second report of an assault in Terminus Road. A man suffered a superficial wound to his arm.

Superintendent Justin Burtenshaw said: “We have stepped up patrols in the area this evening following the assaults in the town centre.

“We are really keen to hear from anyone who has information on either matter. No matter how small that piece of information might be, please get in contact with us.

“A section 60 order of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 has been authorised which will allow officers to conduct stop and searches in Eastbourne town centre up until 2.55am on Sunday (11 April).”

If you witnessed either assault or have information which could assist the police investigation please report online or call 101 quoting serial 1228 of 10/04.