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Police hunt hammer wielding robber

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.

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"Elvis" robber gets life

Martin Reilly, of no fixed abode, will serve life imprisonment Credit: PA

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".

Martin Reilly, of no fixed abode, will serve life imprisonment Credit: PA

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