Man armed with claw hammer robs Eastbourne convenience store

A CCTV image of the suspect
A CCTV image of the suspect

Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at McColl’s convenience store in Hampden Park, Eastbourne.

A man went into the shop in Holly Place brandishing a claw hammer and demanded money from staff at around 9pm on Sunday (February 4). He stole £600 cash and made off.

No one was injured, however the two staff members present were left very shaken.

The suspect, who was captured on CCTV, is described as white, between 5ft 10ins and 6ft tall and of stocky build. He was wearing a black jacket and trousers, a grey baseball cap covered by a dark hood and a grey scarf, which covered the lower half of his face. He also wore bright yellow gloves.

Detective Constable Niki Ling said: “We are making making house-to-house enquiries in the area, and anyone who recognises the suspect or has any information is asked to contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact police online here or ring 101 quoting Operation Vacation.

Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.