Bexhill'hate crime theft' investigated

Police are investigating whether a mobile phone was stolen from two men because they are homosexual.

Sussex Police said homophobic language was used during the incident in Sutherland Avenue, Bexhill, at about 17:00 GMT on Thursday.

An 18-year-old from Brighton and an Eastbourne man, aged 21, were approached by two men on a motorbike and asked for directions.

The driver then got off and demanded they hand over a mobile phone.

Prejudice 'intolerable'

Pc Ian Rise said: "This is being investigated as a hate crime, as homophobic language was used during the theft and the victims believe their sexual orientation motivated the suspects to commit this offence.

"Crime of any kind is unacceptable, but to target someone because of prejudice or hate is intolerable. Sussex Police is committed to bringing those responsible for hate crimes or hate incidents to justice.

"The victims were uninjured during the theft, but were shocked by what has happened and we are offering our ongoing support. I would ask anyone with information to contact police or Crimestoppers immediately."

A red Honda CBR 125 that was stolen the previous day and recovered in Seven Acre Close, Hastings, is currently being examined by officers.

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