Man threatens two teenagers with knife twice in week

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A man threatened teenagers in Hastings with a knife twice in a week.

In the first incident, at about 1am on Saturday, September 6, a 19-year-old man was walking with a friend through Alexandra Park when he was approached from behind by a man in a hooded top and jeans who threatened them with a six-inch blade.

The attacker put the blade to the teenager’s throat but left after the victim gave him his cash.

The man, who had his hood up and a scarf covering his face, is described as being about 5ft 8ins or 5ft 9ins tall and of average build. He had a local accent and was carrying a torch.

The second incident happened at about 2.45am on Thursday (September 11) when a 19-year-old man from Hastings was attacked in Mount Pleasant Road.

The victim was approached by a man who tried to grab his mobile phone and then slashed him with a blade. The teenager, who escaped and raised the alarm, suffered minor cuts to the chest and hand but did not need hospital treatment.

Police said the attacker was described as white, in his early 30s, skinny and 5ft 6ins to 5ft 8ins tall. He had a short dark stubbly beard and was wearing a plain black zip-up hooded top with the hood up.

Detective Constable Naomi Morrison said: “Although neither victim has suffered any serious injury, both are understandably shaken by what happened.

“Although the incidents happened a distance apart we believe the same man could be responsible for both. We need to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw either the attacks or a man fitting the description of the robber. If you know who the robber is or where he could be, please contact us urgently.” Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 967 of 06/09, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.