Dog walker’s warning over alley attack

Alleyway between The Thatchings and Park Croft Polegate. January 16th 2013 E03134P
Alleyway between The Thatchings and Park Croft Polegate. January 16th 2013 E03134P

A dog walker who said he witnessed an attempted mugging in an alleyway near his home is warning people to be careful of using the cut-through in the dark.

William Robertson, known as Bill, was out walking his Bull mastiff cross earlier this month when he saw a group of lads in the alleyway between Park Croft and The Thatchings.

The Eastbourne Road resident said, “I was coming down the alleyway and a bunch of youths were in front of me.

“About five or six of them ran off and a boy and girl remained.

“The boy said ‘they jumped us’.

“It seems I got there at the right time.”

The incident happened between 7.30pm and 8pm on the evening of Thursday January 10 and the 67-year-old reported the matter to police and made a statement the next day.

He is keen to warn people in the area to be cautious of using the alleyway late at night.

The area is just a few minutes away from the busy Eastbourne Road and is near Willingdon Community School in Broad Road.

Mr Robertson added, “I think it might be an idea to warn other people to be wary of this area, especially on a dark night.

“I have been here for 11 years and never heard of anything like this.

“It’s a dark alleyway and I went down there but I was with my dog.

“I think people should know about it.”

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, “Police are investigating a report of assault on a 16-year-old boy in The Thatchings, Polegate, at about 7.30pm on Thursday 10 January.

“Four males approached the victim in an alleyway and pushed him.

“They were disturbed by a man walking his dog and ran off.

“Nothing was stolen.”

Police are urging anyone with information to get in touch and contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1349 of 10/1 of call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.