Hastings robber targets fourth person at knife-point

The robbery of a teenage girl at knife-point in an East Sussex town is being linked to two other thefts.

The 16-year-old was approached by a man near the Spar store in St Helens Down, Hastings, on Monday at about 18:00 GMT.

He demanded her phone but when she refused he showed her a knife and grabbed her bags of shopping.

Sussex Police said they were linking the incident to two other knife-point robberies in the town on Saturday.

Police patrols

A couple were targeted by an armed robber in Victoria Avenue at about 19:30 GMT, who fled with the woman's bag and the man's phone.

Three hours later, at the junction of Victoria Avenue and The Ridge, a woman was told to hand over her bag, but she managed to get away without doing so.

Officers said they believed the offender was a local man, who was described as white, aged in his 30s, about 5ft 5in tall, of slim build, with short brown or dark hair.

When he approached the girl on Monday he was wearing a black zipped jacket and had a black rucksack.

None of the victims were injured.

Police patrols have been stepped up in the town following the robberies.

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