Sussex

Hammer threat in Eastbourne homophobic attack

Two men have been threatened and assaulted in Eastbourne in what Sussex Police have described as a homophobic attack.

The pair were walking towards Wish Tower Slopes where they were approached by two men about 01:00 BST.

One of the men made derogatory remarks about their sexuality, punched one of them and then threatened the pair with a hammer before demanding cash.

Both men were described as white and in their late 30s or early 40s.

One was between 6ft 2in (1.88m) and 6ft 4in (1.93m) tall, of broad build and with a shaved head. He was wearing a grey/green sheepskin lined hooded zip jacket with a red and yellow pattern.

The second man was said to be 5ft 10in (1.78m) to 5ft 11in (1.80m) tall, with short hair in a "mullet" style and had bad skin.

He was wearing a dark zipped nylon top with a red t-shirt underneath and was carrying a dirty looking blue and purple rucksack, police said.

Nothing was stolen in the attack, and neither victim was seriously injured.

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