A 17-year-old boy from Brighton is continuing to be questioned by police on suspicion of attempted murder after another teenager was seriously injured after being hit by a truck in Patcham, near Brighton. Police are describing it as a 'deliberate act.'
Officers were called at 8.47pm on Saturday to a report that a man walking on the pavement in Warmdene Avenue, opposite the Ladies Mile pub, had been involved in a collision.
A vehicle described as a dirty pick-up truck, with a double cab and an open back, is reported to have run over the man before turning around and going over him again as his body lay on the floor. It then accelerated east on Mackie Avenue.
The victim, a 19-year-old local man, had been walking home with friends when the incident occurred. He was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he remains in a serious but stable condition. No one else was injured.
Our initial indications are that this was a deliberate act in which a pick-up truck ran over the man on the pavement, before stopping and turning around, and driving over him again as his body lay on the floor.
We are still in the early stages of our investigation and we will be carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances. However, in light of recent events, it is important to note that we are not treating it as terror-related.
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