Robbery at South Chailey shop

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POLICE are appealing for information following a robbery at a shop in South Chailey yesterday (Sunday July 22) morning.

At around 6am a member of staff at McColls convenience store and Post Office in South Chailey Street was walking through the store when she felt someone push her from behind.

Two men had entered the shop unnoticed and one had a metal pole and the other a kitchen knife.

They demanded money from a back office, which the woman handed to them.

They then left the scene with approximately £1,200.

The man with the metal pole is described as wearing a hooded top with light grey arms, grey or charcoal pattern on it and a black SFLY logo on the back of the top.

He had the hood up and was wearing a black face covering.

He was also wearing stonewash jeans, white and black trainers, gloves and was carrying a black shoulder bag.

The man with the knife is described as wearing grey jogging bottoms with white stripes down the legs and a red motif on the top of left leg, a dark, possibly blue, jacket with a white stripe on the back and upper arms.

Detective Constable Sean Stapley, of East Sussex CID, said: “Thankfully the victim was not injured during this incident, however this was still very distressing for her and we are keen to trace the offenders.

“We would like to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area around the time of the robbery or anyone who saw two men leaving the shop and how they escaped.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 389 of 22/7 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.