Police are appealing for witnesses after a man has been approaching women in the early hours in Brighton and threatening them with a hammer. The first incident happened at 1am on Tuesday 19 November when a 21-year-old woman was walking back across the Level after finishing at work.
She was then approached by a man carrying a claw hammer on the corner of Howard Road, who threatened her and demanded money and her phone.
The second incident happened on Sunday 24th November at 5.25am where the woman victim was dropped off in a taxi with friends at the bottom of Elm Grove.
A man then approached her when she was near to the corner of Bonchurch Road. He told her to hand over her phone and showed her the top of a hammer that he had in the top of his trousers.
The victim managed to run away.
A shop owner from Shoeburyness in Essex has been given a Police bravery award after he was injured as he pinned an armed robber to the ground.
David Leeks, 23, was stabbed in the head with a chisel as he wrestled to get the robber into a headlock as Laura Plumer reports.
A shop owner from Shoeburyness has been given a Police bravery award after he was injured as he pinned a robber to the ground.
David Leeks, 23 , was stabbed in the head with a chisel as he wrestled to get the man into a headlock during the raid last January.
33 year old Martin Dennington was jailed for 4 years for robbery.
A man from Gravesend has been jailed for 8 years after admitting robbing two bookmakers with an imitation firearm. Brett Mullen, 40 committed the robberies at Corals bookies in Gravesend and Bexley last December.
An armed robber who used a variety of disguises, including one of Elvis Presley, has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Martin Reilly carried out a series of raids on betting shops across our region. Malcolm Shaw reports.
An armed robber who donned a number of disguises, including an Elvis wig and sideburns, has been jailed for life.
Martin Reilly, of no fixed abode, must serve at least 12 years before he will be considered for parole.
He pleaded guilty to 15 offences of robbery and armed robbery and denied a further five.
Brighton Crown Court heard the 53 year old has a severe personality disorder. Many of his victims were described as "deeply traumatised".