Two Eastbourne men targeted in attempted robbery and homophobic attack

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Police are appealing for witnesses after two men were threatened near the Wish Tower Slopes in Eastbourne in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday July 16).

The pair walked from their home in Ceylon Place to a bench near the Wish Tower Slopes where they were approached by two men. One of the men threatened them and made derogatory remarks about their sexuality. He then punched one of the victims before threatening them with a hammer.

Although the suspects demanded cash and mobile phones from the victims, they didn’t managed to steal anything and the victims got away away from them

The incident happened at around 1am.

Detective Sergeant Jo Benton said: “This was a very scary incident for these two men but luckily they were not seriously injured, one of the victim’s suffered a fat lip where he was punched.

“One suspect is described as white in his late 30s and early 40s, broad build, between 6ft 2in and 6ft 4in tall with a shaved head. He was wearing a grey/green sheep skinned lined hooded zip jacket, with a red and yellow hatched pattern. He was wearing stone wash blue jeans.

“The second man is also white and in his late 30s or early 40s. He is 5ft 10in to 5ft 11in tall with short dark hair in a mullett style with bad skin.

“He was wearing a dark zipped nylon top with no hood. with a red t-shirt underneath and dark coloured jeans. He was also carrying a dirty looking blue and purple rucksack.”

Inspector Rachel Barrow from the Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “A big part of our work is to encourage the reporting of hate crime and to make people realise that shouting at or abusing someone because of their sexual orientation or gender isn’t acceptable.

“It’s important that our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender residents and visitors realise that if they feel threatened by someone’s behaviour, they should immediately contact police either on 999 if something is happening or 101 after an incident has occurred or you have witnessed something.

“PC Vicky Bishop is the LGBT liaison officer in Eastbourne and works closely with groups such as Bourne Out and Eastbourne Rainbow and this type of offence is unusual in the town. Detectives investigating this offence are working closely with the Neighbourhood Policing Team to identify the suspects.”