Delivery driver robbed and beaten in daytime attack

Western Road, Hailsham. February 6th 2014 E05186Q
Western Road, Hailsham. February 6th 2014 E05186Q

Police are appealing for witnesses after a Tesco delivery driver was robbed and beaten in Hailsham.

The 23-year-old man had pulled over for a phone call when he was robbed by a group of people, thought to be five men, and punched in the head by two of them.

The incident happened in Western Road at around 4.50pm on Monday (February 3).

Two of the group entered his cab, stole his keys and tried to steal other items but then scattered in different directions without taking anything else.

The Tesco driver was treated for bruising and cuts to his head and body following the daytime attack.

Police have descriptions of four of the suspects – all of whom were white.

One was described as 5’10”, skinny, with dark short hair wearing a light coloured hoody, and a silver watch, with a tattoo with the number 95 in dark italic font bordered with a frame of the same colour, although the ink was turning slightly green, on his upper right arm.

A second suspect was reported as being 6’0”, skinny, in his early 20s, with light brown hair and side burns to half way down his cheeks.

He was said to be wearing a white, red and beige Burberry style check hoody and light green jogging bottoms.

Suspect three was described as in his late teens, 6’0”, and skinny, wearing a dark top and light trousers with short brown hair.

He spoke with a Liverpudlian accent.

The description of the fourth man is that he was 5’10”, of big build, aged 18 to 20, with ginger brown, scruffy hair and wearing a blue hoody, light jogging bottoms and white skate shoes.

Police say there is currently no description for the fifth suspect.

A Tesco spokesperson told the Herald, “We are aware of the incident and police are investigating.”

Detective Constable Andrew Smith said police are appealing with anyone with information about the robbery to make contact.

He said, “If you were in or around Western Road on Monday afternoon and saw anything of what happened, or have any other information, please contact us via 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn, quoting serial 1202 of 3/2.

“You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”