Man allowed to keep phone after Worthing gunpoint robbery

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A YOUNG man who was robbed at gunpoint on Monday (July 17) was allowed to keep his mobile phone because it had irreplaceable pictures on it.

The 20-year-old victim was forced to hand over £50 to the robber after he was confronted when skating along Park Road, in Worthing, at about 10.25pm.

The man stopped at the junction of Park Road and Tower Road when he saw a man coming towards him, who then pulled a small hand gun from his back pocket and pointed it at the victim, demanding his money and phone.

The victim handed over £50 but said his phone had pictures on it that could not be replaced. The suspect told him he could keep the phone, before running away west along Tower Road.

The suspect is described as being more than 6ft tall and having a deep voice. He was wearing all dark clothing with a black balaclava pulled up to his eyes.

Detective Constable Paul Tonks said: “This was a very alarming experience for the victim and while we are not sure at this stage whether the weapon was real or imitation, we are still taking the allegation very seriously.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 101 quoting serial 605 of 17/7.