A man could lose an eye after being brutally attacked in Brighton by a gang in a suspected racial assault in the early hours of New Year's Day.
The 23-year-old and a friend were targeted as they walked down Lewes Road at around 3.25am.
A member of the public grabbed one of the attackers and flagged down a passing police car as the rest of the gang ran off.
Det Insp Miles Ockwell, of Sussex Police, said the victim is thought to have been subjected to a barrage of racist abuse leading up to the attack.
This was a very serious assault and the victim remains in the Royal Sussex County Hospital where he may lose an eye as a result of the attack.
"We believe that racist language was directed towards the victim and his friend before they were attacked and we are keen to establish the exact circumstances."
A 19-year-old man from Burgess Hill was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and possession of Class A drugs and cannabis, and was released on police bail until March 6.
More top news
The Bank Holiday Monday weather forecast for the western part of the Meridian region presented by Kate Haskell.
The Bank Holiday Monday weather forecast for the eastern part of the Meridian region presented by Kate Haskell.
Cloudy but clearing overnight : Sunday evening's weather for the east of the region