‘Homeless’ man tries to rob couple in East Grinstead cemetery

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An apparently homeless man tried to rob a couple in an East Grinstead cemetery, police have said.

A Sussex Police spokesman said the man and woman encountered him as they were walking through Mount Noddy cemetery at about 7.30pm on Tuesday (May 24).

He said: “Following a brief discussion during which the suspect asked for money, he became aggressive and attempted to steal the man’s bracelet off his wrist.

“The couple, in their 20s, walked away shaken but unhurt.”

The suspect was described as a white man with a shaved head, brown eyes and cuts to his face. He was wearing a blue and grey tracksuit top, blue jeans and white trainers.

Detective Sergeant Karrie Bohanna said: “While this appears to be an isolated incident, we would urge anyone – particularly if they are alone – to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.

“We are also appealing for witnesses to the incident to contact us on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting serial 1387 of 24/05.”

Information can also be sent to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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