Police are seeking witnesses to the attempted robbery of a man in an Uckfield street.
At about 10.45pm yesterday (Sunday 23 September), police said an old, local man was walking home from a shop in the High Street and had reached an alleyway off Keld Close when he was hit and pushed to the ground by two men who started going through his pockets.
However, he shouted and resisted and they ran off empty-handed. The victim was treated at Eastbourne District General Hospital for minor injuries.
Both suspects are described as white and in their late teens to early twenties. One was described as about 5’8″ and of medium build. The second suspect wore a hoody with the hood up and was slighty taller.
Detective Inspector Rob Morland said; “If anyone was in the area yesterday evening and saw any suspicious activity we ask them to call us via 101 quoting serial 1441 of 23/9. You can also call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Attempted break-in at Esso garage
In a separate incident a man was arrested after a failed late-night attempt to break into an Uckfield garage.
At 10.30pm yesterday (Sunday, 23 September), passers-by saw men trying to break down the brick wall of the Esso garage in Bell Farm Road, Uckfield, using what is believed to be at least one sledgehammer. The men ran off when they saw the passers-by and a white Transit-type van sped away from the scene.
Police quickly located it on the northbound A22 and followed it to Felbridge, just north of East Grinstead, where it stopped just before 11pm.
Police vehicles were still following behind it when it stopped. The van driver, who was the sole occupant, attempted to run off but was tackled and arrested by a policeman who sustained minor head injuries and bruising for which he received medical treatment.
A 19-year old man from Mitcham, South London, was arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary, theft of the van, which is believed to have been stolen in London in July this year, and going equipped to steal. Police also seized items including a sledgehammer, which were in the van.