Man charged with attempted murder of hospital worker in Sussex

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Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearms Officers at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton on Sunday.
Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearms Officers at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton on Sunday.

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a hospital worker was stabbed “several” times.

Royal Sussex County Hospital was put in lockdown after the incident on Sunday morning with armed police descending on the building.

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The victim was treated for several stab wounds and he was later discharged from hospital.

On Monday police said Connolly Mellon, an unemployed man from Brighton, had been charged in connection with the attack.

Police and staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
Police and staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Connolly Mellon, unemployed, 30, of Wilson Avenue, Brighton has been charged with the attempted murder of a 56-year-old man who is a member of staff, at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton on 19 July, and is due to appear in custody at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

“The victim was treated for several stab wounds and was discharged from hospital on Sunday evening.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “My thoughts go out to the staff member at the Royal Sussex County Hospital who was injured this morning.

Police were deployed after the incident.
Police were deployed after the incident.

“I will not accept violence against NHS staff – we will bring the full force of the law to bear on anyone who attacks public servants in their line of duty.”

Unison union Central Sussex Hospitals branch secretary Mark Sargent said: “Our thoughts are with our injured colleague and his family.

“NHS workers who’ve been keeping people safe during the pandemic shouldn’t have to face violence when they’re doing their jobs. Security staff and police deserve huge credit for their timely and decisive action.”

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