Brighton roof fall: Man 'seriously hurt'

Middle Street, Brighton
Image caption The man is being treated for serious head injuries at a London hospital

A man suffered head injuries when he fell through the roof of a property near Brighton seafront.

The man fell about 20ft (6m) through a skylight into a basement at the Grapevine budget hostel in Middle Street at about 09:50 BST on Monday.

He was airlifted to King's College Hospital, south London, with serious head injuries.

Sussex Police said it is believed the man is in his 40s and lived in the building.

It is thought he was wearing only a T-shirt when he fell.

Emergency services, an air ambulance and hazardous area response team were sent to the scene.

An ambulance service spokesman said: "South East Coast Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a car, and an air ambulance to the incident. The HART, hazardous area response team, were also sent to the scene.

"They worked together to treat a man who had suffered a fall."

Part of the A259 King's Road, near the Old Ship Hotel, was closed to allow the helicopter to land on the beach.

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