Police have arrested two men after a 78-year-old Brighton man was killed in a hit and run in the city last night (January 10).

The 33-year-old and 35-year-old Brighton men were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, drink driving, failing to stop for police and failing to report an accident.

Police were in Bear Road shortly before 10pm last night when a Vauxhall Astra failed to stop for them.

Officers pursued the car into St James’s Street where the Vauxhall collided with the pedestrian, who died at the scene.

The car did not stop and was found abandoned soon after in Madeira Drive.

Sergeant Richard Hornsey said:

“This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the victim at this time.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission have been informed and have begun an independent investigation into the circumstances of the police pursuit.

Anyone with information or who saw what happened is asked to contact police by emailing [email protected] quoting Operation Beresford.