Valuable phone stolen from Chinese student in Lewes town centre

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A ROBBER who stole a valuable phone from a Chinese student in Lewes claimed he had a knife.

He grabbed the student from behind as he was walking along the High Street on Friday April 20 at about 8.20pm.

The victim’s Samsung Galaxy Note was taken as he approached the junction with Westgate Street.

Lewes District commander, detective chief inspector Jason Tingley said: “Lewes is a popular destination for foreign students and Sussex Police take the safety of these students and everyone else in the town very seriously.

“Officers are continuing to work with local colleges in order to encourage early reporting of crime and educate students and all newcomers to the town.

“No one should be robbed of their belongings but it is important to always be aware of your surroundings when using any technology whilst out and about.

“Please contact police immediately if you are concerned for your safety or have been a victim of crime.”

After he stole the phone, the suspect made off on foot down Keere Street.

The suspect was riding a white mountain bike, which he then left at the scene.

He was described as white, 20-25yrs, 5ft 10ins, of slim build with very short or shaved hair and wearing a black sleeveless t-shirt and light coloured trousers.

Detective inspector Richard Holder from East Sussex CID said: “This was a very unfortunate incident for the young student but luckily he was not injured.

“Officers are continuing with house to house enquiries, speaking to local businesses and viewing CCTV from the area.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information that could help police with their enquires to please call 101 quoting serial 1553 of 20/04 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”