Three robberies which took place on one night in Eastbourne are being linked by police who are warning residents not to walk the streets on their own.
The first attack took place at about 11,30pm on March, when a woman was walking along Ceylon Place. As she turned into Cavendish Place her bag was snatched from her by a man described as Asian aged 25 to 30 and wearing a dark jacket with a hood and light coloured jeans.
At about 3.05am later that night, an 18-year old man was walking along Langney Road towards Seaside when he was attacked outside Phoenix Court by two men who stole his wallet and a mobile phone.
The suspects then ran off towards Seaside. They are all described as being black or mixed race, aged in their 20s, of medium build, approximately 5’ 11”, and wearing light coloured hoodies.
About 10 minutes later a 21-year-old local woman was walking along Seaside. She heard footsteps behind her and began to run.
She was pushed to the ground and was then kicked in her back and head by a man who grabbed her bag and ran off with it towards the town centre. He is described as Asian with dark hair aged early 30s, 5’ 9” of medium build wearing a dark jacket.
Detective Constable Julian Harris said, “I would urge anyone who may have seen or heard any suspicious behaviour in those areas during that period to contact police on 101 or email us on 101@sussex,pnn.police.uk quoting serial 87 of 04/03.
“Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
Inspector Rachel Barrow added, “These incidents are not part of a series and we are making active enquiries to trace the people responsible as soon as possible.
“Meanwhile we remind people to continue to take common sense precautions when out and about in the evening. For example, try not to leave nightclubs alone, travel home in pairs or more if you can or use taxis.
“Avoid using your phone inside the clubs or outside where offenders can identify you as a target. Don’t carry large quantities of cash with you, and know your limits. Drink sensibly so that you can protect yourself.”