Detectives investigating a dog attack on Brighton beach are appealing for witnesses to help them piece together what happened.
Police attended the beach at around 6.15am this morning following a report that a man was being attacked by two dogs.
A man in his 30s was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital suffering from multiple bite wounds and he remains in a serious condition this afternoon.
A police officer also received bite wounds to his leg and hand and is receiving treatment in hospital.
A 40-year-old man from Brighton was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, possession of a dog dangerously out of control, possession of a bladed article and possession of class A drugs. He remains in custody this afternoon.
A man has been seriously injured after an attack by a dog on Brighton beach this morning.
Police arrived at a beach near Brighton Pier at around 6.15am to find two dogs - and due to their aggressive behaviour a firearms unit had to be called out.
Officers and ambulance crews were able to get the victim, a man in his 30s, away from the area and he was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital suffering from serious injuries.
The dogs have been taken into police care and a 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, possession of a dog dangerously out of control, possession of a bladed weapon and of class A drugs.
It's believed that the victim and arrested man know each other.
This appears to be a very nasty attack by two dogs on a man."We are in the early stages of our investigation and we are still trying to work out why this incident has taken place. I would appeal for anyone with information about this attack to contact police."