Two arrests made in connection with a racist attack in Brighton

Sussex Police have arrested two people in connection with a racist attack in Brighton's North Street. 

The assault took place on Sunday 15 October and the victim - a 20 year old South Korean man called Yehsung Kim - was taken to hospital after suffering facial injuries. 

Sussex Police are looking at three suspects involved in the incident which happened in a busy area of North Street at approximately 10.30pm. The two arrested are a 17 year old boy from Burgess Hill and a 16 year old from Haywards Heath. The attack was filmed by the Yehsung Kim's friend on her mobile phone and the video was subsequently posted on Facebook.

Detective Inspector Simon Morgan said: "We want to hear from anyone who saw the assault, which happened in busy North Street and also anyone who saw a group of youths acting aggressively at this location or in Churchill Square on Sunday night.

Chief Inspector Chris Veale said: "We are treating this as a hate crime as we believe the victim was targeted due to his ethnicity. Brighton is a welcoming diverse city and we are appalled at this attack on this young man. Such incidents can cause significant distress to victims and local communities and I would like to reassure those affected that we take this type of crime extremely seriously and are doing all we can to identify and arrest the suspect.”

Anyone who has any information should contact police online, or call 101 quoting serial 1481 of 15/10. 

If you wish to report anonymously you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the charity on 0800 555 111. The charity operates independently of Sussex Police.