Man Threatened With Needle

A man has been robbed after being threatened by two men with a hypodermic needle in Broad Street, Brighton, at around 12.45am on Friday 23.

The 20-year-old victim from Brighton was grabbed by one of the men and searched for money, before a  syringe was used to threaten him. After stealing cash, the men walked up Bond Street, then right into St James' Street.

Detective Sergeant Stephen French said: "The description of one of the suspects is particularly distinctive. I'd like to hear from anyone who thinks they recognise either of the suspects or saw anything suspicious to help identify them.

"I'd remind people to take personal safety advice when walking late at night. Try to stay with friends whenever possible and don't walk home alone. Plan ahead and make sure you have a taxi booked to take you home safely and if you must walk, remember to stick to busy, well-lit areas. If you think you are being followed, cross over the road, and if you are still concerned, go to the nearest public place, shop or pub and call the police on 999."

The first suspect is described as white, 5'5"-5'6", slim build, green tattoo on his right arm, several teeth missing, receding/ balding hair, northern/midlands accent, wearing a cream jumper with a red check flannel shirt over the top and jeans.

The second suspect is described as white, 6'4", stocky build, receding/balding hair, wearing a khaki coloured jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999, quoting serial 50 of 23/4, or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For further personal safety advice, please see the Sussex Police or Crimestoppers website.

Incident Reference: 50:23:04:2010


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