A man has been seriously injured after a shocking assault which saw him thrown over the railings on Ilfracombe seafront. Police and the ambulance service were called to Wildersmouth Beach area on Friday at 10.30pm and found the 49-year-old local victim wi

A man has been seriously injured after a shocking assault which saw him thrown over the railings on Ilfracombe seafront.

Police and the ambulance service were called to Wildersmouth Beach area on Friday at 10.30pm and found the 49-year-old local victim with injuries to his ribs, collar bone and face.

Police believe that, after an altercation, the suspects allegedly threw the man over the railings, on a concrete shelf some 15 feet below.

The victim was taken to North Devon District Hospital by South Western Ambulance Service. His condition is described as stable and his injuries are not thought to be life threatening or life changing.

After a "robust" investigation local police officers arrested four possible suspects the following evening. They are continuing to interview witnesses and conduct inquiries.

A 19-year-old man, a 17-year-old boy plus a girl and boy both aged 16, all from the Barnstaple area, have been arrested, interviewed and released on police bail until tomorrow (Tuesday.)

Anyone in the area around at the time of the incident from 9.30- to 11.30pm who saw it happen, witnessed any suspicious activity or has any other information is asked to call the police on 08452 777444, or in confidence via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting log 1238 of 30-07-10.