Appeal for witnesses to attempted Lancing street robbery

A MAN has narrowly escaped losing £2,000 in a street robbery in Lancing yesterday afternoon (Thursday, May 5).

The victim was punched and kicked by two men in an attack at around 3.30pm near Mulberry Off-Licence, in South Street, but held onto an envelope containing the cash withdrawn minutes earlier from Lloyds TSB.

A man near-by intervened and was assaulted by the two men, but still gave chase after they ran off towards Elm Grove.

The man caught up with one of the suspects and attempted to hold on to him, but fell to the ground after being punched, causing concussion and a broken nose.

Both suspects got into a silver BMW parked in Elm Grove with the engine running, where a driver and front-seat passenger were seen behaving suspiciously, repeatedly looking over their shoulders.

Detective Sergeant Chris Leech said: “It shows great courage to intervene in a violent robbery, but I would like to add a word of caution and remind people to keep in mind their own safety should they choose to step in.

“We are continuing to offer support to both victims and an investigation is underway.

“The robbery victim had initially visited the bank at around 2.40pm, but had to return later with his identification.

“We believe the suspects may have overheard the victim’s discussions with cashiers and waited for him to return.”

The first suspect is described as white, 5’9, slim build, short light-coloured hair, clean shaven, wearing a white T-shirt and a motif on the shoulder.

The second suspect is described as white, short dark hair, chubby face, stocky build, wearing a dark hooded top, possibly with white or coloured patches on it.

Police are currently conducting house-to-house enquiries and viewing CCTV.

Anyone with information should call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 1014 of 5/5 or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.