Driver threatened by man wielding a meat cleaver in Handcross

Police Car / Incident Stock Pic (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150519-172740001
Police Car / Incident Stock Pic (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150519-172740001

Police are appealing for witnesses after a driver was threatened by a man brandishing a meat cleaver in Handcross on Friday (September 18).

Sussex Police said the motorist was driving his VW Golf along the High Street at 7.45pm when he stopped as a man was standing in the middle of the road.

The man starting shouting at him and then threatened him with the meat cleaver demanding his wallet. He handed it over but the suspect threw it back when he realised it was empty, police said.

He then ripped off the car’s front number plate before the driver managed to drive off. Police said he was shaken but not hurt.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 25 and 30, 6’, a tanned complexion, dark stubble and wearing a hoodie.

Detective Constable Gillian Sadler said: “I am keen to speak to anyone who saw this man hanging around Handcross High Street or has any information about who he is.”

Contact police by emailing 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or ring 101 quoting serial 1517 of 18/09 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.