Two men ‘steal’ expensive necklace from mum in St Leonards

CCTV footage of the two suspects on the moped who allegedly stole the necklace on Chatham Road, St Leonards. Photo by Sussex Police SUS-160824-162104001
CCTV footage of the two suspects on the moped who allegedly stole the necklace on Chatham Road, St Leonards. Photo by Sussex Police SUS-160824-162104001

A mother was hurt after her expensive necklace was reportedly ripped from her neck in St Leonards on Monday (August 22).

Two men on a black moped asked her for the time while she was walking with her three young children and her friend before tearing the jewellery from her on Chatham Road at around 2.30pm.

The stolen necklace. Photo courtesy of Sussex Police SUS-160824-162119001

The stolen necklace. Photo courtesy of Sussex Police SUS-160824-162119001

The woman was dragged to her knees and sustained face and knee injuries before the suspects rode off towards Vale Road – she was later treated at the Conquest Hospital.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Ian Dearling said: “This was a shocking attack on a mother walking home with her three children after enjoying a day out.

“We would appeal for the public’s help to try to trace the two men who were seen to turn into Chatham Road on a black moped shortly before the attack.

“They were wearing dark clothing. One had a silver grey crash helmet and the other a black helmet.”

The woman, her children and a female friend were walking along the road when the two men stopped at the junction with Strood Road.

One of the men approached the victim and asked for the time before grabbing the necklace, pulling the victim to the ground and injuring her.

The stolen jewellery is described as a long lady’s neck chain, reaching down to the stomach, made up of individual links with a gold bead in the centre of each.

It has a gold Thali on it, which is a small V-shaped pendant with a gold bead on the top).

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.ukor phone 101, quoting serial 0800 of 22/08.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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