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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man and a woman tried to rob a driver who they had flagged down on the A27 near Polegate.
The victim was driving along the A27 eastbound when he saw a woman standing in the layby on the left hand side of the road before the Barley Mow pub looking distressed and trying to flag down passing motorists at about 4.30pm on Sunday (5 May).
He pulled over to help her and was then grabbed from behind by a man who tried to search his pockets. The victim turned and saw the suspect had a small Stanley knife. He was subsequently slashed to the face with the knife In fear of his safety he punched the man to the face. This caused the man to retreat and get in to a vehicle parked in the layby with the woman. They drove off continuing eastbound in a vehicle described as a small black Toyota, possibly an Aygo or a Yaris with an 07 registration. Nothing was stolen from the man.
The 30-year-old victim was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew for a cut to his face.
The man was described as 5' 11", aged in his mid-30s with short scruffy brown hair, clean shaven and was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. The woman was described as being aged in her 20s, 5' 6", slim, with brown hair in a bun and was wearing a red round neck jumper and skinny blue jeans.
Detective Sergeant Amanda Hover said: "This was a frightening ordeal for the victim who stopped to help a woman who he believed was in distress.
"We are appealing for witnesses to this incident or information that may help identify the suspects or the vehicle they were driving. This happened at a busy time of day on the A27 and we believe there must be drivers who saw it. We would also like to hear from any motorists who may have dash cam footage of the incident."
Report online or ring 101 quoting serial 846 of 05/05 if you can help with our investigation.
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Grant will help reformed offenders in East Sussex rebuild their lives
A cheque for £15,000 has been presented to Reformed East Sussex (RES), an organisation which aims to help reduce re-offending by those convicted of crime.
The cash comes from the Police Property Act Fund, made up of monies received by the police from the sale of unclaimed lost property and property confiscated and sold by order of the courts.
It will help RES to provide its unique service in the Eastbourne, Hastings, Rother, Lewes and Wealden areas over the next six months.
The donation reflects Sussex Police's continued commitment, together with partner agencies, to help steer offenders away from further crime and to reduce harm to the public.
Charlie Connaughton, Integrated Offender Management co-ordinator, together with PC Jason Taylor of the Eastbourne IOM team, handed over the cheque to RES chief executive Charmaine Sewell.
Mr Connaughton said: "The RES team provides first-class support to service users in improving their prospects and job opportunities as they settle back into the community. A success for RES is a success for all our communities in the longer term.”
Recent national media coverage shows increasing pressures to look at alternative sentencing, diverting offenders away from prison and particularly those given short prison sentences.
These often prove ineffective, providing little opportunity to rehabilitate offenders and lead to unacceptably high rates of re-offending.
Charmaine Sewell said: “We know that two-thirds of prisoners released after short sentences re-offend within a year. Short sentences are long enough to damage you but not long enough to heal you.
"This is why it is so important to raise awareness and funds, both in the short and longer term."
She added: “The public would be safer if we had good community sentences. But community sentences require good community services working together to ensure they’re effective.
"RES already plays a key role in the community and we believe we could be essential in making community sentences work. The IOM is an integral part of RES, providing a forum for key stakeholders to come together to review and discuss issues relating to our most complex clients.
"Every one of them are courageous people who have decided to make a change in their lives and become an active member of society. We’re honoured to be able to help them, and flattered to receive some fantastic testimonies."
One ex-offender said: " I felt like my criminal record would stop me getting employment. I thought I would be discriminated against, but RES were understanding people who knew what I was going through. Knowing that those supporting me had also gone through similar experiences gave me hope that possibilities were out there for me.”
"After being in prison for eight years I found it difficult to find a job. With experience in kitchen and window fitting I knew my skills could be helpful to someone but I felt restricted. RES were very helpful and friendly, helping me update my CV and gain training to enable me to find a job.”
On 2nd May 2019 a burglary occurred on Swansbrook Lane, Heathfield. The suspect gained entry to the property via the back door. The suspect was disturbed by the victim coming home and was seen to run out of the back door. The property was searched extensively, however, it is believed the only items that were stolen were some chocolate bars that were situated near the back door (Ref: 47190070153)
On 2nd May 2019 a garage was entered on Deanland Road, Lewes in which a bicycle was taken from the garage but was left on the driveway (Ref: 47190070193)
On 2nd May 2019 a shed was entered on North Street, Hailsham, whereby fishing equipment was stolen (Ref: 47190071157)
On 2nd May 2019 a garage was broken into on Bernhard Gardens, Polegate, whereby the padlock was broken and a quadbike was stolen from within (Ref: 47190071637)
On 5tth May 2019 a burglary occurred in Butts Field, Hailsham, whereby someone has entered the property via the back door and made a search of the bedroom, however, no items were stolen from the property (Ref: 47190072705)
On 6th May 2019 whilst the victim was out doing their gardening, in Butts Field, Hailsham, a suspect entered the property and stole a laptop and purse (Ref: 47190071835)
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