Portslade newsagents held up at knifepoint

Posted On 06 Jan 2015 at 3:08 pm

Detectives are searching for a man who carried out an early morning knifepoint robbery at a Portslade newsagents.

Just after 6.15am yesterday (Monday 5 January) the man entered Martins, in Valley Road, Portslade, threatened a man working there with a knife, and took £2,900 from the safe in a back room.

There was no one else in the shop at the time and the staff member was not hurt.

The suspect was described as white, about 5ft 8in tall, with a rough facial complexion and of slim build, wearing a dark jacket of possibly Barbour style, a black woolly hat, light-coloured trousers and dark shoes. He spoke with a deep local accent.

Detective Sergeant Chris Lane said: “If you were in the area at the time and saw this man, or have any other information, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

Police do not believe that there is any connection with this offence and four similar robberies in the area in November and December. Two 17-year-old boys from Hove have been arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection with that series but have been bailed until Friday 23 January and Sunday 25 January while inquiries continue.

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