Students were left terrified after three masked men burst into their Brighton home and attacked them, before stealing laptops, mobile phones and cash.
At around 11pm on Monday (29 September) the men broke into a house in Beaconsfield Road occupied by a number of university students, assaulted them and then threatened them.
The men stole laptops, mobile phones and cash before leaving. A member of the public who challenged them as they escaped towards Ditchling Rise was punched in the face close to the Shahi Tandoori restaurant.
The three men then got into a vehicle, possibly a BMW, and drove off in Ditchling Rise towards Ditchling Road. They were all black, 30 to 35 and wearing dark clothing.
Detective Sergeant Simon Dunn said: “This was a terrifying experience for the victims and we urgently need to speak to anyone who could know anything that could help us.
“We need to speak to anyone who was in Beaconsfield Road or Ditchling Rise on Monday night and anyone that could know who the three men are.
“We also need to trace the member of the public who intervened. If you are him or you know who he is, please call us.
“This was a violent attack on the students in their home and we need to find those responsible.”
Anyone with information should email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 1655 of 29/09, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.