Hastings: Two Charged Over Killing

Two men have been charged over the death of a grandfather in Hastings in February.

Brian Hill, 60, died during an apparent dispute over a taxi at the rank in Havelock Road just before 1am on February 3.

Mr Hill, from St Leonards-on-Sea, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he died the following day. A second victim, 53, is still recovering from his injuries.

Matthew Smith, 22, of Piltdown Close, Hastings, and Elliot Bourdon-Pierre, 24, of Udimore Road, Rye have now been charged with manslaughter and GBH.

Sussex Police said the pair will appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court on June 7.

Mr Hill had three children and four grandsons. His family say he was "funny, caring, generous and a loyal person who always gave support and wise words to loved ones''.

Detective Constable Justin Pollard said: "We are still hoping to speak to the man highlighted in the image (attached) as it is believed he may have some information that could really help with our investigation.

"He was seen to walk down Havelock Road and then around the corner to Robertson Street. If this person is you, or if you remember speaking to anyone in a dark jacket in this area on that Friday morning, then please get in touch."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police online quoting Operation Locket.

Alternatively they can phone the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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