Attempted robbery not linked with post office raid

Police have said they are not linking an attempted robbery outside Waitrose to another incident in the town which saw a post office worker threatened with a gun.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident outside the supermarket in the High Street, Old Town and have released information about the suspects descriptions.

The attempted robbery of cash in a transit van took place at around 11.20am yesterday (Tuesday). Two staff from the van were at the cashpoint at the Waitrose store when they were approached by two men who said they had a gun and demanded cash. The staff refused to hand over the cash and the men ran off towards the store’s car park area.

One of the suspects is described as a white man, aged in his late 20s, early 30s 5’ 8’ of slender build, with grey hair and was wearing a light coloured baseball cap, a grey jacket and light brown jeans. The other one is described as a white man, aged in his mid-20s, 5’ 10’ to 6’, of slender build and was wearing a baseball cap, glasses with rectangular frames and a zip up jacket. He was also carrying a black plastic drawstring bag.

The other incident took place yesterday at around 8.30am when a man dressed in a postman’s uniform called at the post office in Rosebery Avenue to deliver a parcel. He then produced a gun and threatened the woman staff member with it before stealing a quantity of cash from the safe and setting fire to the building.

The victim raised the alarm and was taken to hospital where she appeared unharmed but extremely distressed.

Anyone with information on the attempted robbery outside Waitrose should call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 0463 of 30/4.