Puppy stolen in Brighton street attack

A 47-year-old man was kicked in the head and had his poodle puppy snatched from his arms during an "appalling" street robbery in Brighton.

Sussex Police said the victim was approached by three men in Lewes Road at about 21:30 BST on Tuesday who demanded he hand over the dog.

When he refused, the men kicked him in the head and body and then stole his wallet and the eight-week-old puppy.

Detectives have appealed for witnesses to the incident.

The victim was treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. He has since been discharged.

'Causing anxiety'

Det Sgt Steve French said: "This is an appalling crime and the victim is desperate to get his puppy back.

"Not knowing the fate of the young dog is causing him much anxiety, as you can imagine."

He added: "Someone will know where the puppy is and the identities of those responsible for stealing it.

"I would urge anyone with information which could help police with their inquiries to please get in touch as a matter of urgency."

The suspects were described as white, aged between 16 and 29, and wearing hooded tops. The man who asked for the dog is believed to have had a Liverpool accent.

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