A man has been taken to hospital after a bottle was smashed over his head by a group of youths in Burgess Hill.

The 23-year-old victim was attacked by the group as he walked home from the Block and Gasket pub in Church Road around 9.50pm on Sunday (February, 11).

He was forced to weave around the group as they stood at the road’s junction with Civic Way and St John’s Road, and was jostled and punched before being struck on the head with a bottle.

He was left with cuts and bruising, and was treated at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

Police said there were around eight youths involved in the attack.

One of the suspects has been described as white, around 5’9″ to 5’10” tall, and having medium-length curly brown hair as a distinctive feature.

Another has been described as white, 5’6″ to 5’9″ tall, of a slim build, and in his mid-teens, while he was wearing a grey hooded top.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to report it online here, or call 101, quoting reference number 1109 of 11/02.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.