Teenagers pull knife on foreign students

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THREE foreign language students Have been robbed at knifepoint. The three Swiss boys, aged 16 and 17, were pounced on at the junction of Firle Road and Whitley Road just before 11pm on November 4.

Four youngsters – two boys and two girls aged between 16 and 20 – approached them, threatened the group with a knife and demanded they hand over their mobile phones.

Two of the victims were punched in the face by the two boys, while the two girls took their phones and wallets from their pockets.

Detective Constable Phil Cracknell said, “This was a frightening experience for three young boys visiting Eastbourne.

“Officers have been patrolling the area throughout the night and making house to house enquiries.

“Although the robbery happened around 11pm we are hoping that someone may have seen the offenders prior to the incident or afterwards.

“Someone must know who they are and where they live.”

Sergeant Stella Wells, from the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team, said, “Eastbourne is a popular destination for many foreign students who come to the town to study and learn English and also have fun.

“Operation Columbus is designed to work with Eastbourne Borough Council, the police and language schools to ensure the safety of overseas students during their stay in seaside towns like Eastbourne.

“Incidents like this are rare and enquiries are in hand to locate the offenders.”

The first male suspect is described as wearing a red top, grey or white trousers and black shoes.

The second male suspect is described as wearing a pink top and grey trousers.

One of male suspects had a tanned complexion, of Mediterranean appearance with a dark moustache.

The first female suspect is described as wearing a black dress, barefoot and carrying black high heels in her hands.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.