Police are appealing for witnesses after two men were robbed at knifepoint in two separate incidents just a day apart.
At about 9.30pm on Tuesday, January 28 a 24-year-old man was attacked by a gang of three men in Cavalry Crescent, Eastbourne.
The men tried to break into the victim’s house but then saw the victim walking home and attacked him with a knife and a baseball bat and demanded he hand over money.
The victim managed to get back inside his house and the gang walked away empty handed. The victim was left shaken but unhurt.
The men were wearing dark coloured hoodies with the hoods up and scarves around their faces. They had what were described as Merseyside accents.
The second robbery happened at about 10.45am on Wednesday, January 29 when a 25-year-old man was attacked outside the Salvation Army building in Royal Sussex Crescent.
Two men approached the victim, threatened him with a knife and made him hand over his wallet. They then ran away down Central Avenue towards Victoria Drive.
The first robber was white, just under six foot and in his mid to late thirties. He was very skinny, his face was drawn and he had a chipped tooth on the left side of his mouth. He had what was described as a northern accent.
He was wearing a black hoody which had small white writing in the top left hand chest corner and light blue jeans
The second robber was white, just under six foot and in his late thirties or early forties. He was more stocky than the first man, scruffy and had brown hair coming down over his ears.
He was wearing a navy blue hat, a dark fleece with a red logo on the chest pocket, dark jeans and white trainers.
Detective Constable Jim Austin said, “The incidents may not be linked but they happened very close to each other and in each case the attackers had northern accents so we are considering the possibility that they are connected.
“I’d like to speak to anyone who recognises the description of the thieves or who saw or heard any part of the robberies.
“Shortly before the second robbery the victim passed a woman and a man walking his dog along Royal Sussex Crescent and I would like to speak to both of them about what they saw.
“Please contact us if you know anything at all about either incident.”
Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 448 of 29/1, email email@example.com or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.