Burgess Hill father speaks out after son’s attack

Arthur and Jake Higgs on Jake's 18th birthday SUS-151002-124155001
Arthur and Jake Higgs on Jake's 18th birthday SUS-151002-124155001

A Burgess Hill father has spoken out after his son was attacked on his 18th birthday in Brighton.

A teenager was attacked and left with a fractured skull as he celebrated his 18th birthday on a night out in Brighton.

Jake Higgs, of Bramble Gardens, Burgess Hill, was leaving the Shoosh nightclub on the seafront on Saturday (January 31) when he was assaulted from behind.

The 18-year-old was knocked to the ground on the ramp leading up to Kings Road, opposite the Thistle Brighton hotel.

Jake’s parents had arranged to pick the group up at 3am so they would be safe – but neither of them were prepared for what they saw.

“He was covered in blood,” said Arthur, Jake’s father.

“I thought his ear had been ripped.”

The couple arrived at the meeting spot but the boys were running late.

“I just thought typical Jacob, he will be last, so called him and he said he was a minute away.

“I could just hear this noise on the phone.

“Then when I saw him he had blood pouring out of his ear.

“He didn’t know the seriousness of it at all.”

The family later found out Jake had suffered a fractured skull, a burst ear drum and broken bones in his ear.

Arthur dropped Jake’s friends home but received a phone call from his wife saying Jake was ‘really in pain’.

The former Oakmeeds and Central Sussex College pupil was taken to Hurstwood Park neurological unit in Haywards Heath where he was treated for his head injury.

“He had a couple of scans and there were air bubbles on his brain,” said Arthur.

“But he’s a healthy young lad so they said he could come out after a couple of days.

“He hasn’t been able to go out. He’s still got to be careful of his head.

“He wants to enjoy being 18. He was desperate to go to Brighton.

“But this hasn’t put him off going out.”

Although Jake said he doesn’t remember what happened, his friend said he heard footsteps behind them and then saw Jake lying on the ground.

“It is so cowardly,” said Arthur. “He hit him and ran away.

“They are scumbags.

“The police are looking at CCTV.”

Police are appealing to anyone who saw the incident to come forward.

Detective Constable James Botting, said: “The area around Kings Road and Kings Road Arches would have been very busy at the time so someone must have seen the attack.

“Please contact us with any information you have.

“It could be vital to our investigation.”

Email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk serial 513 of 01/02 with any information.

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