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Friday, 26 April 2019

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Man attacked and robbed at Forest Row, 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.
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.

Cannabis Factory Found

Last week officers were flagged down by a member of the public whilst engaged on traffic – related operations in Pevensey Bay.

The officers were given concerte information on a potential cannabis factory at a nearby address.

Officers swiftly obtained an emergency search warrant which was executed and two large tents, both filled with cannabis plants and heating equipment were found.

All items were seized as evidence and investigations are ongoing.

This is all part of Operation Fortress – our on-going work to tackle drug supply and drug related harm in your community.

Motorcyclist killed in collision on A27 at Wilmington

A motorcyclist died when his machine was in collision with two other vehicles on the A27 at Wilmington on Thursday evening (April 18).

The 63-year-old man from Eastbourne was travelling west towards Lewes at 6.36pm when the collision, also involving a black Vauxhall Astra and a white Nissan Primestar, occurred. Sadly, he died at the scene. His next-of-kin have been advised, but he has not yet been formally identified.

A 31-year-old man from Hounslow, who was driving the Astra, and the 37-year-old male driver of the Nissan, from Pevensey, were both uninjured.
The road was closed until shortly after 1am for recovery and collision investigation work to take place.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, who have not already made themselves known, to email or call 101 quoting Operation Greencourt.
Crime summary

A burglary occurred in Fletching in which a garage and a shed was broken into on 19/04/2019, no items appeared to be damaged or stolen (Ref: 47190063651)

A burglary occurred in Groombridge in which a garage was broken into on 22/04/2019, however no items were taken from within (Ref: 47190064041)

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