Police swoop in on small village after 'altercation involving two groups of people'

Police were called on Wednesday <i>(Image: Google)</i>
Police were called on Wednesday (Image: Google)

A man has been arrested for assault following a clash between two groups of people in a quiet village.

Officers have reassured the public that "tackling violent crime remains a priority" after they responded to an incident in East Hoathly, near Uckfield on Wednesday.

The incident involved a clash between two groups of people in the residential Buttsfield Lane, and police are asking for witnesses to come forward.

The force received "multiple calls" to the incident and it has today confirmed that a 39-year-old man from Newhaven remains in custody in connection with the quarrel. He has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

The Argus: Buttsfield Lane
The Argus: Buttsfield Lane

Buttsfield Lane (Image: Google)

A spokesman for Sussex Police confirmed they were called about an incident involving two groups of people.

He said: "An investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

"We have increased patrols in the area to provide extra reassurance to our communities."

It is aware of videos circulating online however it has warned people to "refrain from sharing or commenting" as "proceedings are active".

The spokesman said: "Anyone who witnessed the incident, or captured footage of it, is asked to contact police online or call 101, quoting serial 420 of 31/05."