Four arrested after man, in his 20s, stabbed to death ‘with machete’

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a young man was fatally stabbed in Brighton during the coronavirus lockdown.

Police were called at about 2.30pm on Sunday to a suspected machete attack, in the Whitehawk area of the city.

A man, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital. He was pronounced dead just a few hours later.

One witness said: ‘I saw a man come out of a house and it looked like he got whacked over the head.’

The four suspects were taken into police custody for questioning last night.

Brighton and Hove Police posted an update on social media reminding locals to stick to government guidelines despite the warm weather.

The force said ‘the matter is under control’ and urged people in the area to ‘please observe Government guidelines and stay away from the area’.

Detective Chief Inspector Alex Geldart, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: ‘Our thoughts are with the victim and his family at this very difficult time.

‘This is believed to be an isolated incident and we have four suspects in custody; we are not seeking anyone else.

‘This is a fast-moving investigation and I’d like to urge people to refrain from speculating on social media.

‘If you saw what happened, or if have any information which you think could assist in our investigation, please contact us.

‘Local residents can expect to see a significant police presence in the area as our enquiries continue, and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.’

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to report it online or call 101, quoting operation Heathland.

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