Man attacked in Lancing after £2,000 bank withdrawal

A man was punched and kicked by two men just minutes after withdrawing £2,000 from a bank in West Sussex.

He managed to hold onto the envelope containing the cash during the robbery attempt near Mulberry Off-Licence in South Street, Lancing, on Thursday.

A passer-by intervened and was also assaulted by the men before they fled. He chased after them, but was punched to the ground when he caught them up.

He suffered concussion and a broken nose. The men fled in a waiting car.

'Overheard conversation'

The first suspect was described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of slim build, with short light-coloured hair, and clean shaven. He was wearing a white t-shirt which had a motif on the shoulder.

The second suspect was also white, with short dark hair, a chubby face, and stocky build. He was wearing a dark hooded top, possibly with white or coloured patches on it.

Police said the robbery victim had initially visited Lloyds TSB at about 1440 BST, but had to return later with his identification.

It is thought the suspects may have overheard his conversation with cashiers and waited for him to return.

He was targeted at about 1530 BST.

Officers have been conducting house-to-house inquiries and viewing CCTV.

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