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January 18 2012.

A 55-year-old local man was robbed and assualted by two men as he walked along Hillcrest Road, Newhaven, on Monday 16 January.

The victim was approached by the suspects at 2pm, threatened and struck on the leg before being robbed of various items of jewellery. It is believed that the suspects then fled up Hillcrest Road in the direction of Second Avenue

Detective Constable John Steven from East Sussex CID said: "This was a nasty assault on a man going about his daily business. We believe the suspects are local to the area and would urge people to please come forward if they have any information that could help police with their inquiries.

"Please call 101 quoting serial 730 of 16/1 or the idependent charity Crimstoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

The victim sustained bruising to the back of his leg, but fortunately did not require hospital treatment.

The suspects are described as white males, approximately 6' tall, aged around 20 and of medium build. One of the males has a piercing in his left eyebrow.

Items of jewellery which were stolen included a watch and a wedding ring, both of sentimental value.