A 20-YEAR-OLD man was threatened and assaulted during a robbery at a service station.
Police and emergency services were called to Nutbourne Service Station, near Chichester, at 9.50pm on Sunday following reports a member of staff had been repeatedly beaten around the head and body with what is believed to have been a pole.
This was before several thousand of pounds in cash bags were taken from the safe by the balaclava-wearing suspect.
Detective Constable Andrea Watts, from West Sussex CID, said: ‘This was a very nasty assault on a member of staff just as he was closing up the store.
‘He received concussion and a dislocated shoulder in the attack and remains in Southampton General Hospital in a stable condition, where he will be interviewed shortly.
‘We are continuing to view CCTV, carry out forensic examinations and interview potential witnesses, but are keen to hear from anyone else who has information that could help with the inquiry.’
The suspect was wearing a black balaclava, dark-coloured trousers with double white stripes down the outside of each leg, dark long-sleeved top with light-coloured single stripe/pattern around arms and white surgical-type gloves.
Anyone with any information should call Sussex police on 101 quoting serial 1510 of 10/6.
Or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.