Newhaven robbery prompts further appeal for witnesses

SUSSEX Police have made a further appeal for witnesses after a man was robbed of his gold Rolex watch and wedding ring in Newhaven.

The incident happened at 1.55pm on Monday January 16 when the victim drove his black Range Rover Sports vehicle to The Crest, a partially completed block of flats at the bottom of Hillcrest Road.

He got out of his car and went into the building, followed shortly afterwards by a white man dressed in a dark blue/black hoodie, dark grey baseball hat and dark coloured jeans.

The victim, a 56-year-old man from Hertfordshire, was then attacked and robbed of his jewellery.

At the time of the theft a second man was standing at the entrance of the development; following the incident, both men ran from the scene.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen anyone matching the description of the suspects either at the scene or in Newhaven.

They would also like to identify a blond woman in her 20s who was walking along Hillcrest Road with whom the victim spoke immediately after the incident.

The robber who attacked the victim has been described as having an eyebrow piercing (a stud); he also had light coloured stubble and smelt of cigarette smoke.

The watch is a vintage Rolex Oyster worth approximately £8,000 to £10,000, with a gold strap and casing and a cream face. The wedding ring is a gold Cartier.