Man assaulted and robbed in A259 lay-by

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after three men attacked and robbed a 47-year-old man as he slept in his car in a lay-by off the A259 - knocking out four of his teeth.

The robbery and assault happened on Tuesday (March 24) in a lay-by off the A259, near to the Mercedes Garage, between Bognor Regis and Chichester.

Three men attacked the man as he slept in his vehicle, knocking out four of his teeth, punching him and stealing his laptop.

A police spokesman said: “The victim was sleeping in his car between 12.30am and 1am when he was woken by three men getting into his vehicle. They stole a HP laptop, punched him in the face and grabbed his neck before leaving in a large dark-coloured hatchback which drove off towards Chichester.

The victim suffered scratching and bruising on his neck and has lost four teeth.

The men are described as being between 25 and 30. Two of them had fair hair, one had dark hair and all three of them spoke with a foreign accent.”

Detective Constable Louise Clark said: “Please get in contact if you have any information. This was an unprovoked attack on an innocent man who was simply trying to get some sleep.”

Any witness or anyone with information about the incident is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police or call 101 quoting serial 47 of 24/03. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.