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3 boys held in murder inquiry

Assault took place late last night in Rottingdean, Sussex Photo: Eddie Mitchell

The victim of a serious assault in Rottingdean, Sussex has died.

Connor Saunders, who was 19 and from Brighton was assaulted in West Street, Rottingdean late last night following an altercation between two groups.

Shortly after the assault three boys, one aged 13 and two 14-year-olds, were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. They have now been arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody this afternoon.

The road remains cordoned off while investigations are underway Credit: Eddie Mitchell

It is believed the assault took place between 10.30pm and 10.55pm and police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information which may the contact them.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick May of Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team is leading the investigation, known as Operation Markby. He said: "Sadly a young man has now died following a serious assault in Rottingdean last night. Our thoughts are with the family at what is an incredibly difficult time for them.

An area of West Street remains cordoned off while forensic teams investigate.

Flowers are being left at the scene where the assault took place Credit: Eddie Mitchell

"Sadly a young man has now died following a serious assault in Rottingdean last night. Our thoughts are with the family at what is an incredibly difficult time for them.

"Officers will be in the Rottingdean area to speak with local residents and anyone who may be concerned about the incident."

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick May, Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team

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