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Young man beaten and robbed by 10 men with knifes and batons near East Grinstead

Police are investigating a robbery which occurred at approximately 11.45pm on Thursday 11 April when the victim, a 20-year-old local man, was attacked as he walked alone across the village cricket pitch at Forest Row, near East Grinstead.

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A group of 10 young men armed with knives and batons confronted the man, who had earlier walked through Tompsets Banks car park. He was beaten up and had his mobile phone and other personal items stolen.

Immediately after the robbery the victim made his way down Highgate Road to its junction with Card Hill, followed by his attackers. He later attended Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, for treatment to cuts and bruises before being allowed home the next morning.

Detective Constable Andy Mountford-Laker, the officer in charge of the investigation, said it had been an isolated incident but it was important that those responsible were identified as soon as possible.

He said:

“We are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened, who noticed the group concerned before, during or after the attack, or who may have other information, dash-cam or CCTV footage that could assist our enquiries.”

Anyone able to help is asked to report details online or phone 101, quoting serial 74 of 12/04.

Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, either online or by phoning 0800 555 111.

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Betting shop robbed at knifepoint in Southgate, Crawley

Sussex Police are investigating a knife point robbery in Crawley and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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A man entered a betting shop in Southgate Parade, Crawley around 10.05am on Wednesday (June 5).

He threatened the staff worker and demanded money from the till before fleeing the scene.

Officers attended the premises and conducted an area search but the suspect was not found.

Sussex Police say that all lines of enquiry will be investigated.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

“All lines of enquiry connected to this incident will be investigated.

“Engagement with the communities is vital and we will continue to educate members of the public about the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife.

“Our message to those who carry a knife or thinking of carrying a knife is that it does not protect you and could actually make you more vulnerable and in danger of serious harm.”

Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101 quoting 351 of 05/06.

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