Information sought after series of street robberies in Hastings
Police investigating a series of knife point robberies in Hastings and St Leonards on Wednesday (11 April) have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
In each case the offender was a man clad in dark clothing riding first a pedal bike then a motorcycle and using a large knife or machete to threaten victims, forcing them to hand over mobile phones, bags, jewellery and other personal possessions.
One such incident occurred around 9.30 pm in Battle Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, where a 17-year-old local boy and his 20-year-old cousin were robbed. Some 20 minutes later another pedestrian was accosted in Stonefield Road, Hastings, again by a motorcyclist, and forced to hand over a mobile phone, iPod and bag.
Detective Constable Damon Deans-Cane, said: "We believe there may have been at least three more robberies linked to these incidents and we would like to hear from other victims, witnesses or anyone with information as soon as possible."
They can contact police by phoning 101, quoting serial 1353. Alternatively, they can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The suspect is described as a man, possibly black or mixed race, 6', in his 20s. He wearing a black hat, a black scarf over his face, a dark or dark green coat, black jogging bottoms and black Nike trainers. His motorcycle was a red or orange Lexmoto Hunter Moped which looked similar to a Kawasaki or Suzuki, which was stolen earlier that evening.
Ninfield man jailed after he flouted driving ban
A man who lost his licence after pleading guilty to drink-driving has found it doesn't pay to cock a snook at authority.
For just minutes after being disqualified from driving for a year and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £437 by Hastings magistrates on Wednesday (11 April), Michael Bedwell, 62, a chef, of Smith Close, Ninfield, was back behind the wheel of his car as he headed away from court.
Unfortunately for him, he was seen by officers from the East Sussex road policing unit who stopped his Jaguar X-type in Chapel Park Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, and arrested him for driving while disqualified.
Following a night in the cells, Bedwell was brought back before the court on Thursday (12 April) charged with the offence and using a vehicle without insurance.
This time magistrates immediately jailed him for 16 weeks, as well as more than doubling his original driving ban to 25 months.
Bedwell, who was told by justices that his further offences amounted to a "blatant disregard" of their earlier order, also found himself facing a further £200 in costs.
He was first arrested on Thursday 22 March after officers carried out a stop-check in Ninfield Road, Bexhill-on-Sea. He failed a roadside breath test and was subsequently found to have 49 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.
At the time, Bedwell's car was also found to have a defective rear tyre.
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