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A schoolboy was robbed in broad daylight as he walked home through a quiet housing estate.

The 13-year-old Hailsham boy was attacked around 3.30pm. It is believed the victim was walking home from Hailsham Community College. It is not thought his attacker was a fellow pupil.

The offender pushed the boy to the ground and stole money from his pocket as the youngster walked along a footpath between Cromer Way and The Lowlands on Tuesday, November 6.

Police are appealing for information in their hunt to find the robber described as white, aged between 17 and 22, wearing a white hooded top and black tracksuit bottoms.

DC Cally Fox of East Sussex CID said: “We believe this robbery was committed by an older boy or young man and we would like to hear from anyone who saw the incident take place or who has information about who may have carried out this robbery. The victim may have had his money on display in his pocket and I would remind people to make sure they keep valuables out of sight at all times.”

A police spokesman said: “We assume the victim was coming home from school as it was that time of day.

“From the description we don’t think it was another school boy, but we don’t know that, but he was certainly not in school uniform.”

Hailsham Community College is working with Neighbourhood Schools Police Liaison Officer, and has delivered joint assemblies to students around this topic.

Phil Matthews, the college’s head teacher, said: “Students have been made aware that there was an incident and we are currently ensuring they are again reminded about being vigilant whilst travelling to and from the college site.”

Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1285 of 8/11.