Police are appealing for help to trace a man and a woman arguing near the scene of an attack that left a teenager with a fractured skull.
The victim, from Burgess Hill, had just left the Shoosh nightclub on Brighton seafront at about 3am on Saturday 31 January when he was assaulted from behind and knocked to the ground on the ramp leading up to Kings Road, opposite the Thistle Brighton hotel.
The 18-year-old, who had been out with friends to celebrate his birthday, suffered a fractured skull, bruising to the brain and a burst eardrum in the attack. He is currently recovering.
The victim had just passed a man and a woman who were arguing at the foot of the ramp and officers are keen to identify them to find out what they might have seen.
The man is believed to be white, about 5’ 8” and muscular with short black hair. He was about 21 or 22 and was wearing a red long-sleeved chequered shirt.
Detective Sergeant Chris Lane said: “We believe they were the last people to see the victim before he was attacked so we urgently need to speak to them.
“If you know who they are, or you are the man or the woman, please contact us.”
Anyone with information should email email@example.com quoting serial 513 of 01/02, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.