Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted during a street robbery in Bognor Regis.
The incident happened between 11.15pm and 11.30pm on Sunday, July 11, in an alleyway between Normanton Avenue and Marshall Avenue.
Police said the victim was a 20-year-old man from Bognor Regis who was approached from behind, thrown to the ground, punched and kicked.
His assailants snatched a black iPhone 6 Plus from his hands and ran off in the direction of Bognor Regis Football Club. The victim sustained minor bruising.
He had earlier passed the club where he noticed two people sitting on a wall, wearing dark hooded tops and ‘smelling strongly of cannabis’.
Detective Constable Andrea Watts, of Chichester CID, is urging people to take care and keep valuables hidden.
“Unfortunately, there have been several similar incidents in Bognor recently,” said DI Watts.
“While it’s not clear if they are linked, people should be aware and use well-lit areas, keep valuables out of sight and let us know of anything suspicious.”
In relation to the alleyway incident, anyone who may have seen what happened, who has been offered an iPhone in suspicious circumstances or who may have other information is also asked to get in touch.
They can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 101, quoting serial 16 of 13/7.
Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In emergency, call 999 and ask for police.
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