Portslade jeweller scares off robbery gang

The owner of a Brighton jewellers foiled an attempted robbery when he swung a large torch one of the gang.

One of the three raiders, who entered James Ross in Station Road, Portslade, at 14:15 GMT on Wednesday, was armed with a cosh and one with a hammer.

The shop owner set off the alarm, and the three men ran out and down an alleyway beside the shop leading towards Gordon Road.

Two customers were leaving the shop at the time, but nobody was hurt.

Sussex Police said the raiders were wearing white one-piece suits with high-visibility jackets.

"The owner resisted very robustly and clearly deterred the would-be robbers, who we believe to be white and in their late teens or 20s," said Det Sgt Steve Warner.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the Station Road area and saw this distinctive looking trio."

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