Men attacked with 'pepper spray' in Brighton centre

Three men were treated in hospital after they were attacked with suspected pepper spray in the centre of Brighton.

The trio suffered a burning sensation to their faces after the passenger of a car leaned out of the window and sprayed the solution at them.

Sussex Police said the driver of the vehicle, which had French number plates, approached them earlier with the canister of suspected pepper spray.

The men were left "shaken" by the attack outside Churchill Square centre.

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "A red Peugeot, possibly a 106, drove along Western Road in a westerly direction with the passenger hanging out of the window gesturing to people as they passed and shouted.

"The passenger got out of the car and became aggressive."

The force said the driver also got out of the vehicle and retrieved a canister of what they believe was pepper spray from the car's boot before he approached the group.

The pair then returned to the car and as they drove off the passenger leaned out of the window and sprayed the solution into the victim's faces.

Sussex Police said suspects were both aged about 25 and had dark skin.

The driver was said to be slim and about 5ft 8in tall with a shaven head. The passenger was described as being about 6ft tall, slim with dark curly hair.

The force has appealed for anyone with information about the incident, which happened at about 0240 BST on Thursday, to contact officers.

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