Police have cordoned off Brighton seafront after two men were seriously injured by a car, which drove into them during a mass brawl.

Officers were called to Marine Parade at 5.20am this morning ( Sunday 1 December) following reports of a large group of people fighting with weapons.

As officers responded, some of the group got into a vehicle which then struck three men involved in the fight.

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They were taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital - two suffered serious head injuries.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and is in custody. The vehicle was later found abandoned.

Detective Inspector Chris Thompson said:

"This is a fast moving investigation and we are appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident or has any information about it to come forward.

Marine Parade is currently closed between the pier roundabout and Camelford Street while we carry out enquiries and I would like to thank the public for their patience.

"The incident is not terror-related.