Armed Police in Haywards Heath Town Centre

Officers seeking two men who are thought to have demanded money from a woman in Haywards Heath are making progress in their investigation.

A woman in her 30s sought refuge in the Santander bank in South Street at around 11.30am this morning (23 September) after two men with a gun called at her home address in the town.

Police were quickly called and the area was sealed off while officers carried out initial enquiries.

DI Russ Sheppard said: "This appears to be a targetted incident and I would like to emphasise that we do not believe there is a risk to the public from these two men.

"We are doing everything we can to track down these men and there is no reason why people can't continue on their business in Haywards Heath during this time."

Most of the town centre has now reopened to the public and officers are continuing their enquiries.

The first man is described as white, aged approximately 40, between 5'6'' to 5'7'', of small build with mousey coloured short hair and spoke with a southern accent. He was wearing brown boots, jeans, a white shirt, a white wrist watch and a black wax jacket with 'flaps' at the back. He had a tribal band tattoo on his left wrist.

The second man is described as white, aged approximately 32, with a shaved head, over 6ft tall and of proportional build. He was wearing a light grey fleece jacket, blue jeans and shiny brown leather shoes.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw the men in the time before the incident or shortly after is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 585 of 23/9. Anyone who believes they are currently in the vicinity of the men is asked not to approach them and phone 999.

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