POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an attempt to rob a schoolboy in North Bersted of his mobile phone.
Shortly after 7.30am on Friday, July 4 the 15-year-old boy was on his way to school.
He reached the alleyway in North Bersted which leads from Renoir Mews to Chichester Road when he saw a man outside a block of flats at the alleyway’s entrance.
This man demanded that the boy hand over his mobile phone.
When he refused, the man grabbed him and pushed him up against a wall.
There was a struggle during which the victim managed to punch his assailant in the face, causing him to run off. He was seen to run up Renoir Mews and turn into Whiteways.
The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 6ft, of proportionate build, aged in his 30s or 40s, with short messy dark hair and blue eyes.
He was wearing a long-sleeved white top underneath a black body warmer, black jogging bottoms, black gloves and black Nike trainers. He spoke with an Eastern European accent.
Anyone who saw the incident, or noticed a man matching the suspect’s description or who has other information is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting serial 310 of 04/7.
Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555111.