POLICE are investigating what they are describing as a ‘potentially’ serious assault after a man was attacked with a brick in Petworth.
They are appealing for information and believe the assault may be linked to three burglaries in the area.
Officers were called to the scene in Park Rise, off Martlet Road in Petworth shortly after 5pm on Monday evening.
A spokesman said the assault happened when a resident who challenged a group of four or five men because he believed they were acting suspiciously, was struck with a brick.
“The victim, a 36-year-old man, was knocked to the ground when the brick was hurled at his head by one of the group but suffered only minor injuries.”
The police spokesman said: “At least one of the group was wearing a scarf to hide his face. The group made off at speed in a silver BMW car which turned right along the A285, away from the town centre.”
Detective Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins, of the Sussex Police priority crime team, said: “This incident may be linked to a burglary which occurred in Petworth and two others at Westergate, near Chichester.”
Residents in the area said the scene and the surrounding area was cordoned off by police immediately after the incident as officers began their investigations.
Anyone who saw what happened, noticed the silver BMW car, has closed circuit television footage available or who has any other information is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 101, quoting serial 1115 of 5/1.
Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.