Guards injured in Hurstpierpoint armed robbery

Two security staff have been attacked and robbed as they refilled a cash machine by three men carrying a gun and a sledgehammer.

The robbery happened at just before midnight on Thursday in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex Police said.

The G4S staff were filling a Nationwide machine on the High Street when the men forced their way in.

Both were threatened with what was thought to be a shotgun which was used to hit one of them on the head.

The three suspects made off with several thousand pounds in cash.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue were later called to a Range Rover which was on fire in New Way Lane, a short distance away.

Det Con Simon Goulding said: "At this time, investigations are ongoing and we are trying to establish if the vehicle is linked to the armed robbery.

"Both men from the security company were suffering from shock and one had minor bruising to his head."

The three suspects were described as being white, between 5ft 7in and 6ft tall and wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

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