Youths hunted over threats and violent attempted robberies in Hove

Posted On 13 Feb 2017 at 6:10 pm

A gang of youths is being hunted by police after people were threatened and attacked in Hove in the early hours of Saturday morning (11 February).

They said that they had weapons – a gun or a knife – but didn’t manage to steal any money or mobile phones from any of their victims despite their threats and violence.

Sussex Police said today (Monday 13 February): “Police are searching for a group believed to be responsible for four late-night incidents in the Dyke Road Park and Davigdor Road area of Hove over a period of three hours.

“Between midnight and 3.30am on Saturday, people in the streets were approached by a group of four or five, both male and female, all aged in their late teens to early twenties.

“In each case threats were made that they had a gun or a knife, although no weapons were seen, and demands for money and mobile phones were made.

“Nothing was stolen but in two of the incidents violence was used.

“The first incident happened in Cromwell Road at about 12.15am when a man walking home was approached and asked for money but he refused.

“Then in Dyke Road at about 1am a man who had just got out of a taxi on his way home was approached by one of a group sitting by a bus stop.

“The suspect told the man that he was going to rob him and that he had a gun but after a brief altercation the man walked away unharmed.

“At 1.30am a 45-year-old local man was walking in Dyke Road Park, very close to the bus stop in the previous incident.


“He was punched and kicked, sustaining facial and chest injuries, by a group who demanded his mobile phone but he did not have one with him and the group went away.

“The final incident was reported at 3.20am after two men walking home had been approached by a group who asked what they had and began to attack them. One of the group claimed to have a knife but did not produce one.

“After a brief struggle the group made off empty-handed and the two men were unhurt although one had damage to his glasses.

“The main suspects are both described as white men

“In the first three incidents is the main suspect is described as being in his early twenties, 6ft 2in, of slim build with short dark hair.

“The main suspect in the last incident was 5ft 7in, and slim, wearing a light brown or grey knitted cardigan with a full length zip.”

Detective Constable Julian Harrison-Jones said: “We are keen to speak to anyone who saw this group in the area in the early hours of Saturday or who has any other information.

“You can contact us via, quoting serial 121 of 11/02, or by reporting online to – or call 101.”

Anyone with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at

  1. Leanne Reply

    I know who exactly who it was ?

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