Arrests over Hastings 'disorder'

Two men have been arrested in Hastings on suspicion of public order offences following several nights of riots and looting across England.

Sussex police were informed that disorder was being organised on Facebook.

A small group then gathered outside McDonald's in Wellington Place at about 20:00 BST on Tuesday.

The men, aged 20 and 22 and from St Leonards on Sea, are being held in custody.

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About 50 officers from Sussex Police supported the Metropolitan Police overnight, but there were no further reports of disorder in Sussex.

Communications officers continued to monitor reports on social media websites.

Assistant Chief Constable Nick Wilkinson said: "Throughout yesterday and overnight the county was carefully monitored and we were prepared for any disorder relating to the national unrest as well as serving Sussex as normal.

"It was important that we acted quickly and accurately to any rumours and concerns, particularly those that continued to come via social media sites."

Police said a large fire in Richmond Road, Brighton did not appear to be linked to the disorder.

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