Two Brighton robberies may be linked

Posted On 29 Jul 2016 at 9:09 pm

Two men were hurt in similar but separate robberies a short while apart in Brighton, Sussex Police said this afternoon (Friday 29 July).

The force said: “Detectives investigating two street robberies in Brighton during the early hours of Tuesday (26 July) believe the incidents may be linked.

“Both incidents took place at around 12.30am in the Gloucester Street/Trafalgar Street area of the city and in each case the victims were lone men walking home from work.

“One was a 24-year-old man, who sustained bruising after being struck in the face.

“The other was a 33-year-old man, who suffered a black eye and bruising after being punched and kicked. He received hospital treatment.

“In both cases the suspects were two men, accompanied in one instance by a single woman and in the other, two women.

“Each victim was surrounded and forced to hand over valuables, including an iPad, a mobile phone, a wallet and a driving licence.”

All of the muggers were described as white. One of the men appeared to be in his early twenties, 5ft 11in to 6ft 4in tall, of medium build, clean shaven and with short light brown hair. The second man was dressed in black.

One woman was in her early twenties, 5ft 10in tall, of medium build, with long blonde hair and wearing a white dress. There was no description for the second woman.

Anyone who saw either incident or who has information that could help police trace those responsible is asked to contact detectives.

They are asked to phone Sussex Police on 101, email or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Separately a man is warning people in Station Road, Portslade, and Boundary Road, Hove, to be wary of a woman and two men who appear to be operating a scam.

Phil Robathan said on his Facebook page that the woman offered him a cheap iPhone 6 yesterday (Thursday 28 July) and that she tried to snatch his phone from him.

He said that it was not the first incident of its kind involving the trio and the men following shortly after her make similar offers.

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