Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Peacehaven on Wednesday 19 December.
The incident happened between 1pm and 1.45pm, when the victim, a 12-year-old boy, was walking on Cornwall Avenue and was approached by three older males, who were unknown to him.
PC Noel Daniels, who is investigating the incident said: “We are keen to speak with anyone who witnessed the assault on the young boy, this was understandably a frightening ordeal for him. He was assaulted and the suspects tried to steal his mobile telephone, but thankfully he was not injured.
“The three males ran away from the scene after a member of public intervened, and I would like to thank them for their bravery. Witnesses saw a dark coloured BMW driving away from the scene, so if you were in the area and saw anything, please come forward.
“Also, if you were driving near the area around the time the incident took place, please review your dash cams for any possible footage that may help with our investigation.”
The three men, believed to be in their 20’s, are described as:
Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101 quoting serial 806 of 19/12.
Alternatively, please contact Crimestoppers or call the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.