Littlehampton groin incident: here is everything we know

Several police cars were sent to the incident in New Road, Littlehampton
Several police cars were sent to the incident in New Road, Littlehampton

Here is what we know about a groin-related incident in Littlehampton which led to a large police response.

What happened?

- At 11.25am, the ambulance service was called to an alleyway next to New Road in Littlehampton, near the Lidl supermarket

- It was initially reported to the emergency services as an assault, because the man, in his 40s, was bleeding and in need of medical attention

- The ambulance service sent two cars and an ambulance, and police sent several vehicles, including the police dog unit, and temporarily closed off the road

- When they arrived at the scene, it became clear that it was not an assault

- The man was assessed and treated at the scene before being airlifted to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton

- A cordon was erected around the alleyway, where images showed a large bloodstain on the ground

- Police said his injuries are not considered to be life threatening

- It is understood to be an accidental injury. Police have said it was believed to be in the upper leg area of the groin, not his genitals.

- Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with his injury

- The ambulance service left the scene at 12.20pm