Sussex Police officer attacked by two men in Haywards Heath


A Sussex Police officer was injured after stopping a group of youths suspected of assaulting two men in a Haywards Heath pub on Saturday night (February 28).

The constable was attacked after being called to a fight which broke out at The Burrell Arms in Commercial Square at around 11pm, during which several glasses and advertising boards were broken.

Two men, aged 45 and 46, and both from Lindfield, were punched and struck with bottles after supporting repeated requests by the landlady for the group to behave.

One man was taken to the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, with a suspected fractured cheekbone.

The suspects then fled but were spotted in nearby Queen’s Road by a lone officer who tried to detain them.

He was attacked, suffering minor injuries, but was able to captor spray two of his assailants, a 24-year-old-man and a 17-year-old boy, who were then arrested by colleagues on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and assaulting a police officer.

A third suspect, 20, got away but was later arrested on suspicion of similar offences.

The suspects were interviewed and have been bailed until 18 April while enquiries continue.

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information is asked to or phone 101, quoting serial 1577 of 28/2.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.