Man thwarts hammer-wielding mugger at ATM

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A MAN fought back when he was attacked by a hammer-wielding thug who tried to rob him.

The 40-year-old, from St Leonards, was outside the Co-op store in Cooden Sea Road, Little Common on Tuesday evening around 6.30pm when the attack happened.

As he withdrew money from the ATM machine he was approached by a masked man who threatened him with a hammer and demanded that he hand over the cash.

But rather than meekly comply, the victim grabbed the hammer, wrestling it from the would-be robber’s grasp, forcing him to back away before he ran off empty-handed.

Detective Constable Rob Tillyer said: “The victim was incredibly brave in challenging the robber, but we would always advise people to put their personal safety first. Thankfully the victim has only suffered minor injuries to his hands.

“This is a very unusual crime to happen in a quiet area such as this. We are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch immediately.”

Officers are conducting inquiries locally, gathering forensic evidence and are viewing closed circuit telvision (CCTV) footage as part of the ongoing investigation.

Meanwhile, increased high-visibility police patrols are taking place in the area to deter any repetition of the attempted robbery and to gather additional information that may help detectives.

The suspect is described as white, in his late teens to early 20s, slim and around 5ft 8ins tall. He wore a dark coloured hoodie, jeans, a thin jacket, and white trainers.

He had donned a navy blue ski mask to hide his face.

Anyone with information about the attempted robbery is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101.