OAP injured after confronting a man in Pool Passage, Brighton

A PENSIONER has been injured after confronting a man in a ‘urine-soaked’ alleyway outside his home – and police are now investigating.

Hughie O’Neill said the incident is the latest in the long-running Nightmare Alley saga near Brighton seafront.

He says he’s been plagued for years by people urinating, using drugs and having sex right on his doorstep – and things came to a head over Pride weekend.

The 72-year-old shared a video with The Argus showing an altercation in the Pool Passage.

Sussex Police are now trying to identify “possible suspects” following the incident on Saturday night.

The Argus: Hughie and Chris O'Neill have had issues outside of their home for many yearsHughie and Chris O’Neill have had problems outside of their home for many years

Hughie said he tried to evict a group of people from the alley just after 8pm.

Footage appears to show Hughie confronting a man before being grabbed by the face and pinned against a wall.

His wife Christine watches in horror, holding the family dog ​​in her arms.

Hughie said he suffered a twisted neck, while photos shared with The Argus show bruises on his arms.

The Argus: The bruises on Hughie's armsThe bruises on Hughie’s arms

“He told me he was going to beat me up,” Hughie said.

“We had it all weekend. I had to get a speaker out there to tell people they were being recorded, which worked.

“But these people just put their fingers to the camera.”

Hughie said he had to put up with ongoing issues on his doorstep, including regular sexual activity.

And at the weekend he found “eight turds” in the alley.

He said that trying to discourage people from engaging in antisocial behavior in recent years has meant he endures a “constant tirade” which has severely affected his health.

Sussex Police said anyone with information about the incident at the Pool Passage on Saturday should contact them by citing serial number 235 dated 08/09.

A spokesman said: “Police have received a report of a man being attacked in Pool Passage, Brighton, just after 8pm on Saturday 6 August.

“A 72-year-old local man was slightly injured.

“An investigation is underway to determine the full circumstances of the incident and to identify possible suspects.”

The Argus: A group that used the Pool Passage just before Hughie asked them to leaveA group using the Pool Passage just ahead of Hughie asked them to leave

Hughie has recently campaigned for gates to be installed at each end of the alley to discourage anti-social behaviour.

However, Brighton and Hove City Council said it could only consider a goal at one end.

Councilwoman Dawn Barnett said the council needs to up its game and solve the problem immediately.

The Argus: Hughie was bumped into nearby garbage cansHughie was bumped into nearby garbage cans

“I think the council is careless because they haven’t looked into it,” she said.

“It’s a shame. I don’t want to hear that there are no toilets, there are toilets.

“They pay council tax, they need help.

“It needs a really high gate that people can’t climb over. It has to be locked at both ends.”

The City Council has proposed a public space protection order that would require a gate to be placed at the end of the Pool Passage closest to Pool Valley.

It would be locked at 7 p.m. each day and opened at 9 a.m. the next day, with residents responsible for opening and closing and maintenance.

A City Council spokesman said: “We are keenly aware of the strength of local public sentiment that action needs to be taken to reduce anti-social behavior in the Pool Passage.

“Consultations are ongoing on a proposal to introduce a public space protection order that would provide for one end of the pool passage to be fenced off.

“We expect a report on the proposal to be considered by our Tourism, Equality, Communities and Culture Committee at its meeting next month.”

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