A security van was hit by robbers at an Eastbourne bank this morning (Thursday).
The incident happened shortly after 10am as the van was at the HSBC branch in Edward Road, behind the Toby Carvery.
The Sussex Police helicopter was seen circling above the area as officers rushed to the scene.
The van had stopped in Edward Road at 10.06am, when a man attacked the driver and made off with a cash box.
He left in a dark blue Volkswagen Golf or Vauxhall Astra and was spotted a short time later in Foxglove Road where the cash box was abandoned. A quantity of cash has been stolen.
Ambulance paramedics were called to treat the security van driver who was reported to have been hit in the legs with a hammer, but he is not thought to have been seriously injured.
The suspect is described as white, in his 30s, 5’ 6”-5’ 8”, with black hair and designer stubble. He was wearing a dark blue bomber jacket and dark trousers.
Anyone who witnessed the robbery, saw the car in the area before or after or who has any other information is asked to email email@example.com or call 101 quoting serial 402 of 09/07.
The Edward Road HSBC branch will be closed for the rest of the day.
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