Police appeal for witnesses to knifepoint robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses
Police are appealing for witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses to a knifepoint robbery at a store in Fishersgate.

A masked man entered Laylands News and Off Licence in Laylands Road around 9.40pm on Sunday night, and demanded cash be put into a bag which police said he threw at the shop worker behind the counter.

According to police, he then went behind the counter where a tussle ensued. The shop worker attempted to prevent the robbery using a hockey stick, before he climbed over the counter and ran out of the shop.

The suspect is believed to have stolen items including three large bottles of Ouzo, two bottles of liqueur and a quantity of cigarettes.

Police said he is described as a white man of stocky build, wearing a dark blue hoody with a white zip and white logo on the left breast, dark jeans with a gold or yellow ‘AJ’ logo on the rear right pocket, and dark trainers with a white trim.

He entered the store wearing a balaclava, a black glove on his left hand only, and carrying a knife in his right hand, according to police.

No one was harmed during the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 1294 of 15 May.

Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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