Third Brighton woman attacked by hammer-wielding robber

The Argus: Wellington Road at its junction with Elm Grove, with St Joseph's Church. Picture taken from Google Streetview Wellington Road at its junction with Elm Grove, with St Joseph's Church. Picture taken from Google Streetview

A third woman has been accosted by a robber wielding a hammer in the Elm Grove area of Brighton.

Police appealed for witnesses last week after two women were threatened in the early hours

Today, they launched a further appeal after another woman was threatened with a hammer by a robber who stole her money and mobile phone in Wellington Road at 2am on Saturday.

The victim was walking home from a night out when the attack happened opposite St Joseph's Church. 

The robber came up to her and demanded she hand over cash and her phone, which she did. He then ran off. She was unhurt but shaken.

The man is described as white, aged between 26 and 30, with either a bald or closely shaven head, a pale complexion, ginger coloured stubble, between 5ft 6in and 5ft 8in, of skinny build and wearing a light green coloured hoodie with a light coloured jacket over the top.

Detective Sergeant Maureen Lambert said: "We are looking at whether the latest robbery is linked to the previous ones the week before. We are appealing for witnesses to the one on Saturday and would like to hear from anyone who has any information."

The first incident happened on November 19 shortly after 1am. A 21-year-old woman was walking back across the Level after finishing work and was robbed on the corner of Elm Grove and Howard Road.

 She described him as white, about 5ft 5in, of slim to medium build and aged in his late teens but no older than 21, wearing a grey hooded top with blue stripes down the side.

The second incident happened on November 24 at around 5.25am. A 20-year-old had just got out a taxi with friends at the bottom of Elm Grove and was attacked near the corner of Bonchurch Road.

She described him as white, aged about 20, 5ft 6in and of skinny build. He was wearing a light blue hooded top with the hood up and a balaclava or scarf covering the bottom of his face which had either a Chinese or a ‘NY’ symbol on it.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested on 25 November for two similar robberies on 19 and 24 November. He has been questioned and released on bail until 2 January 2014.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting serial 0809 of 30/11 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk

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5:39pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Brighton Living says...

What are the police doing to catch this Gutless Low life Scum bag........ Are you really saying with all the CCTV in Brighton they cant catch this waster!
What are the police doing to catch this Gutless Low life Scum bag........ Are you really saying with all the CCTV in Brighton they cant catch this waster! Brighton Living

6:28pm Mon 2 Dec 13

LeonBIank666 says...

I bet my mortgage that the brave robber was on drugs. Vote the Greens in again and we will see more and more filth on the streets. Remember that want to legalise ALL drugs.

All those yoghurt knitting Hanover residents - pleased with yourselves are you?
I bet my mortgage that the brave robber was on drugs. Vote the Greens in again and we will see more and more filth on the streets. Remember that want to legalise ALL drugs. All those yoghurt knitting Hanover residents - pleased with yourselves are you? LeonBIank666

6:35pm Mon 2 Dec 13

lulu_153 says...

You can knit yoghurt?
You can knit yoghurt? lulu_153

6:52pm Mon 2 Dec 13

IShouldoftriedharder says...

LeonBIank666 wrote:
I bet my mortgage that the brave robber was on drugs. Vote the Greens in again and we will see more and more filth on the streets. Remember that want to legalise ALL drugs.

All those yoghurt knitting Hanover residents - pleased with yourselves are you?
Regardless of what the Greens might or might not want to do, the Legalisation of controlled substances resides with government not a local council. We in Brighton are lucky that these type of horrible incidents/people are few and far between. In other parts of the country they are not as lucky as we are. Also, if you could explain to me how to 'yogurt knit' it would very be helpful. I have some out of date Muller's in the fridge that would make a lovely sweater.
[quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: I bet my mortgage that the brave robber was on drugs. Vote the Greens in again and we will see more and more filth on the streets. Remember that want to legalise ALL drugs. All those yoghurt knitting Hanover residents - pleased with yourselves are you?[/p][/quote]Regardless of what the Greens might or might not want to do, the Legalisation of controlled substances resides with government not a local council. We in Brighton are lucky that these type of horrible incidents/people are few and far between. In other parts of the country they are not as lucky as we are. Also, if you could explain to me how to 'yogurt knit' it would very be helpful. I have some out of date Muller's in the fridge that would make a lovely sweater. IShouldoftriedharder

6:59pm Mon 2 Dec 13

LeonBIank666 says...

Please do a simple google search on yoghurt knitters!!

Get down wid da kidz!
Please do a simple google search on yoghurt knitters!! Get down wid da kidz! LeonBIank666

8:12pm Mon 2 Dec 13

lewes road low life says...

LeonBIank666 wrote:
Please do a simple google search on yoghurt knitters!!

Get down wid da kidz!
do you mean yoghurt weavers ?
straight from the urban dictionary :
1. Yoghurt Weaver
A Granola type who bakes cakes for the moon as 'offerings', thinks tofu and tahini are great breakfast choices, and who's idea of style is to wear multiple layers of cheap market clothes made in Cambodia from dried grass and colored using low impact dyes such as menstrual blood and compost bin'discharge'.

Luggage of choice; cane basket
Favourite Artist; Enya
Instrument of choice; Harp
Hobbies; mosaics, macrame, meditation, mime, moon dancing, muesli making and any other earthy pursuit starting with M.
[quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: Please do a simple google search on yoghurt knitters!! Get down wid da kidz![/p][/quote]do you mean yoghurt weavers ? straight from the urban dictionary : 1. Yoghurt Weaver A Granola type who bakes cakes for the moon as 'offerings', thinks tofu and tahini are great breakfast choices, and who's idea of style is to wear multiple layers of cheap market clothes made in Cambodia from dried grass and colored using low impact dyes such as menstrual blood and compost bin'discharge'. Luggage of choice; cane basket Favourite Artist; Enya Instrument of choice; Harp Hobbies; mosaics, macrame, meditation, mime, moon dancing, muesli making and any other earthy pursuit starting with M. lewes road low life

8:25pm Mon 2 Dec 13

LeonBIank666 says...

Similar but I mean yoghurt knitters. That's why I said yoghurt knitters and not weavers.
Similar but I mean yoghurt knitters. That's why I said yoghurt knitters and not weavers. LeonBIank666

8:28pm Mon 2 Dec 13

hubby says...

I have a radical idea!
Put some police on the streets in this area.
I have a radical idea! Put some police on the streets in this area. hubby

9:03pm Mon 2 Dec 13

El Duderino says...

hubby wrote:
I have a radical idea!
Put some police on the streets in this area.
They're too busy breathalysing innocent motorists at this time of year, on the off chance they can get the old statistics up
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: I have a radical idea! Put some police on the streets in this area.[/p][/quote]They're too busy breathalysing innocent motorists at this time of year, on the off chance they can get the old statistics up El Duderino

9:05pm Mon 2 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

If the public were allowed to carry guns, this lowlife would have been lying on a slab weeks ago.
If the public were allowed to carry guns, this lowlife would have been lying on a slab weeks ago. PorkBoat

9:25pm Mon 2 Dec 13

davedebrax says...

PorkBoat wrote:
If the public were allowed to carry guns, this lowlife would have been lying on a slab weeks ago.
Has it occurred to you that he would have a gun too?
[quote][p][bold]PorkBoat[/bold] wrote: If the public were allowed to carry guns, this lowlife would have been lying on a slab weeks ago.[/p][/quote]Has it occurred to you that he would have a gun too? davedebrax

10:24pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Martha Gunn says...

These shocking crimes must be brought to an end.

But it is difficult to work amongst the muesli munchers.
If you put the the police in they will scream about a fascist state.
So the authorities are hobbled.

Many of the residents up on Hanover Hill are quite bonkers.
They knit their muesli together and some of them weave their own protest banners. They live in a quite different world from most of us
Spare a thought for our police trying to work in this environment to bring criminals to justice.
These shocking crimes must be brought to an end. But it is difficult to work amongst the muesli munchers. If you put the the police in they will scream about a fascist state. So the authorities are hobbled. Many of the residents up on Hanover Hill are quite bonkers. They knit their muesli together and some of them weave their own protest banners. They live in a quite different world from most of us Spare a thought for our police trying to work in this environment to bring criminals to justice. Martha Gunn

10:38pm Mon 2 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

davedebrax wrote:
PorkBoat wrote:
If the public were allowed to carry guns, this lowlife would have been lying on a slab weeks ago.
Has it occurred to you that he would have a gun too?
No he would have a **** hammer. Did you not read the story? And I'm not getting into a "debate" about guns. Guns are good. Guns keep people safe. Case closed.
[quote][p][bold]davedebrax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PorkBoat[/bold] wrote: If the public were allowed to carry guns, this lowlife would have been lying on a slab weeks ago.[/p][/quote]Has it occurred to you that he would have a gun too?[/p][/quote]No he would have a **** hammer. Did you not read the story? And I'm not getting into a "debate" about guns. Guns are good. Guns keep people safe. Case closed. PorkBoat

11:13pm Mon 2 Dec 13

clubrob6 says...

hubby wrote:
I have a radical idea!
Put some police on the streets in this area.
Exactly my point,we have very few police on duty after dark due to the cuts.But official crime figures are down,but in reality after dark crime is dramatically up its just that we have very few police on duty to record any,plus the local police stations have closed and as I found out last year when reported a crime online the police simply ignore the report so the public have now few options to report crime which makes the official crime figures look good.Quite simply if we had visable police on duty thugs like this attacker would not carry out such attacks,like the organised gangs that the police say come into sussex to commit crime this attacker knows our streets are NOT policed at night.In fact the police even admit they cant answer all 999 calls.We should do what the nightlife has done get private security wit private backup to patrol our streets as the police after the cuts are simply not fit for purpose.Its not the few police on duty at night to blame I certainly would not go into situations if I knew I didn't have backup due to the cuts.The police rely too much on CCTV at night but the images are not clear the only option to stop the massive increase in crime is put more police on duty at night.
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: I have a radical idea! Put some police on the streets in this area.[/p][/quote]Exactly my point,we have very few police on duty after dark due to the cuts.But official crime figures are down,but in reality after dark crime is dramatically up its just that we have very few police on duty to record any,plus the local police stations have closed and as I found out last year when reported a crime online the police simply ignore the report so the public have now few options to report crime which makes the official crime figures look good.Quite simply if we had visable police on duty thugs like this attacker would not carry out such attacks,like the organised gangs that the police say come into sussex to commit crime this attacker knows our streets are NOT policed at night.In fact the police even admit they cant answer all 999 calls.We should do what the nightlife has done get private security wit private backup to patrol our streets as the police after the cuts are simply not fit for purpose.Its not the few police on duty at night to blame I certainly would not go into situations if I knew I didn't have backup due to the cuts.The police rely too much on CCTV at night but the images are not clear the only option to stop the massive increase in crime is put more police on duty at night. clubrob6

8:38am Tue 3 Dec 13

Joshiman says...

hubby wrote:
I have a radical idea!
Put some police on the streets in this area.
Too radical for Brighton.
[quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: I have a radical idea! Put some police on the streets in this area.[/p][/quote]Too radical for Brighton. Joshiman

10:37am Tue 3 Dec 13

pablo-de-gales says...

lewes road low life wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
Please do a simple google search on yoghurt knitters!!

Get down wid da kidz!
do you mean yoghurt weavers ?
straight from the urban dictionary :
1. Yoghurt Weaver
A Granola type who bakes cakes for the moon as 'offerings', thinks tofu and tahini are great breakfast choices, and who's idea of style is to wear multiple layers of cheap market clothes made in Cambodia from dried grass and colored using low impact dyes such as menstrual blood and compost bin'discharge'.

Luggage of choice; cane basket
Favourite Artist; Enya
Instrument of choice; Harp
Hobbies; mosaics, macrame, meditation, mime, moon dancing, muesli making and any other earthy pursuit starting with M.
Shaved head, hoody... Perpetrator sounds like a Stella drinking, McDonoalds munching, Sun reading spiv. Might be better focusing on controlling your own before pointing fingers. You still need somewhere to park your car?
[quote][p][bold]lewes road low life[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: Please do a simple google search on yoghurt knitters!! Get down wid da kidz![/p][/quote]do you mean yoghurt weavers ? straight from the urban dictionary : 1. Yoghurt Weaver A Granola type who bakes cakes for the moon as 'offerings', thinks tofu and tahini are great breakfast choices, and who's idea of style is to wear multiple layers of cheap market clothes made in Cambodia from dried grass and colored using low impact dyes such as menstrual blood and compost bin'discharge'. Luggage of choice; cane basket Favourite Artist; Enya Instrument of choice; Harp Hobbies; mosaics, macrame, meditation, mime, moon dancing, muesli making and any other earthy pursuit starting with M.[/p][/quote]Shaved head, hoody... Perpetrator sounds like a Stella drinking, McDonoalds munching, Sun reading spiv. Might be better focusing on controlling your own before pointing fingers. You still need somewhere to park your car? pablo-de-gales

10:49am Tue 3 Dec 13

pablo-de-gales says...

clubrob6 wrote:
hubby wrote:
I have a radical idea!
Put some police on the streets in this area.
Exactly my point,we have very few police on duty after dark due to the cuts.But official crime figures are down,but in reality after dark crime is dramatically up its just that we have very few police on duty to record any,plus the local police stations have closed and as I found out last year when reported a crime online the police simply ignore the report so the public have now few options to report crime which makes the official crime figures look good.Quite simply if we had visable police on duty thugs like this attacker would not carry out such attacks,like the organised gangs that the police say come into sussex to commit crime this attacker knows our streets are NOT policed at night.In fact the police even admit they cant answer all 999 calls.We should do what the nightlife has done get private security wit private backup to patrol our streets as the police after the cuts are simply not fit for purpose.Its not the few police on duty at night to blame I certainly would not go into situations if I knew I didn't have backup due to the cuts.The police rely too much on CCTV at night but the images are not clear the only option to stop the massive increase in crime is put more police on duty at night.
It is a good option. But not the only one.
We could make society a fairer place and address the criminals at the top of the heap making desperate criminals out of those at the bottom... Gonna take a while but a bigger change in society is needed in the long run.
Not into more private security on the streets. The Police are unaccountable enough as it is.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: I have a radical idea! Put some police on the streets in this area.[/p][/quote]Exactly my point,we have very few police on duty after dark due to the cuts.But official crime figures are down,but in reality after dark crime is dramatically up its just that we have very few police on duty to record any,plus the local police stations have closed and as I found out last year when reported a crime online the police simply ignore the report so the public have now few options to report crime which makes the official crime figures look good.Quite simply if we had visable police on duty thugs like this attacker would not carry out such attacks,like the organised gangs that the police say come into sussex to commit crime this attacker knows our streets are NOT policed at night.In fact the police even admit they cant answer all 999 calls.We should do what the nightlife has done get private security wit private backup to patrol our streets as the police after the cuts are simply not fit for purpose.Its not the few police on duty at night to blame I certainly would not go into situations if I knew I didn't have backup due to the cuts.The police rely too much on CCTV at night but the images are not clear the only option to stop the massive increase in crime is put more police on duty at night.[/p][/quote]It is a good option. But not the only one. We could make society a fairer place and address the criminals at the top of the heap making desperate criminals out of those at the bottom... Gonna take a while but a bigger change in society is needed in the long run. Not into more private security on the streets. The Police are unaccountable enough as it is. pablo-de-gales

10:54am Tue 3 Dec 13

pablo-de-gales says...

PorkBoat wrote:
davedebrax wrote:
PorkBoat wrote:
If the public were allowed to carry guns, this lowlife would have been lying on a slab weeks ago.
Has it occurred to you that he would have a gun too?
No he would have a **** hammer. Did you not read the story? And I'm not getting into a "debate" about guns. Guns are good. Guns keep people safe. Case closed.
That depends on if the girl were to be carrying a gun and was capable of outwitting a suprise attack by a man with a hammer.
[quote][p][bold]PorkBoat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davedebrax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PorkBoat[/bold] wrote: If the public were allowed to carry guns, this lowlife would have been lying on a slab weeks ago.[/p][/quote]Has it occurred to you that he would have a gun too?[/p][/quote]No he would have a **** hammer. Did you not read the story? And I'm not getting into a "debate" about guns. Guns are good. Guns keep people safe. Case closed.[/p][/quote]That depends on if the girl were to be carrying a gun and was capable of outwitting a suprise attack by a man with a hammer. pablo-de-gales

12:43pm Tue 3 Dec 13

TwoCents says...

LeonBIank666 wrote:
I bet my mortgage that the brave robber was on drugs. Vote the Greens in again and we will see more and more filth on the streets. Remember that want to legalise ALL drugs.

All those yoghurt knitting Hanover residents - pleased with yourselves are you?
I agree..... because legalizing drugs would make no sense as they would be able to get their drugs without robbing innocent people and at times be prescribed them through trained medical staff to help them slowly come out of their addiction which research has shown lowers the crime rate. Wait that does not support your ridiculous statement at all...Oh No, I mean I disagree...
[quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: I bet my mortgage that the brave robber was on drugs. Vote the Greens in again and we will see more and more filth on the streets. Remember that want to legalise ALL drugs. All those yoghurt knitting Hanover residents - pleased with yourselves are you?[/p][/quote]I agree..... because legalizing drugs would make no sense as they would be able to get their drugs without robbing innocent people and at times be prescribed them through trained medical staff to help them slowly come out of their addiction which research has shown lowers the crime rate. Wait that does not support your ridiculous statement at all...Oh No, I mean I disagree... TwoCents

2:15pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Dingbat99 says...

El Duderino wrote:
hubby wrote:
I have a radical idea!
Put some police on the streets in this area.
They're too busy breathalysing innocent motorists at this time of year, on the off chance they can get the old statistics up
I would rather be robbed of a phone and purse than be mown down by a drunken driver. Phones and money can be replaced. Lives cannnot.
[quote][p][bold]El Duderino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hubby[/bold] wrote: I have a radical idea! Put some police on the streets in this area.[/p][/quote]They're too busy breathalysing innocent motorists at this time of year, on the off chance they can get the old statistics up[/p][/quote]I would rather be robbed of a phone and purse than be mown down by a drunken driver. Phones and money can be replaced. Lives cannnot. Dingbat99

3:17pm Wed 4 Dec 13

PorkBoat says...

pablo-de-gales wrote:
PorkBoat wrote:
davedebrax wrote:
PorkBoat wrote:
If the public were allowed to carry guns, this lowlife would have been lying on a slab weeks ago.
Has it occurred to you that he would have a gun too?
No he would have a **** hammer. Did you not read the story? And I'm not getting into a "debate" about guns. Guns are good. Guns keep people safe. Case closed.
That depends on if the girl were to be carrying a gun and was capable of outwitting a suprise attack by a man with a hammer.
Now you're just being ridiculous.
[quote][p][bold]pablo-de-gales[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PorkBoat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davedebrax[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PorkBoat[/bold] wrote: If the public were allowed to carry guns, this lowlife would have been lying on a slab weeks ago.[/p][/quote]Has it occurred to you that he would have a gun too?[/p][/quote]No he would have a **** hammer. Did you not read the story? And I'm not getting into a "debate" about guns. Guns are good. Guns keep people safe. Case closed.[/p][/quote]That depends on if the girl were to be carrying a gun and was capable of outwitting a suprise attack by a man with a hammer.[/p][/quote]Now you're just being ridiculous. PorkBoat

7:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Levent says...

IShouldoftriedharder wrote:
LeonBIank666 wrote:
I bet my mortgage that the brave robber was on drugs. Vote the Greens in again and we will see more and more filth on the streets. Remember that want to legalise ALL drugs.

All those yoghurt knitting Hanover residents - pleased with yourselves are you?
Regardless of what the Greens might or might not want to do, the Legalisation of controlled substances resides with government not a local council. We in Brighton are lucky that these type of horrible incidents/people are few and far between. In other parts of the country they are not as lucky as we are. Also, if you could explain to me how to 'yogurt knit' it would very be helpful. I have some out of date Muller's in the fridge that would make a lovely sweater.
You're out of date muller's yogurt probably still has more shelf life in it than your brain cells, maybe you should just cover it in granola and eat it anyway?
The nausea that ensues will give you some idea of how we all feel about your leftie approach to law and order!
[quote][p][bold]IShouldoftriedharder[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeonBIank666[/bold] wrote: I bet my mortgage that the brave robber was on drugs. Vote the Greens in again and we will see more and more filth on the streets. Remember that want to legalise ALL drugs. All those yoghurt knitting Hanover residents - pleased with yourselves are you?[/p][/quote]Regardless of what the Greens might or might not want to do, the Legalisation of controlled substances resides with government not a local council. We in Brighton are lucky that these type of horrible incidents/people are few and far between. In other parts of the country they are not as lucky as we are. Also, if you could explain to me how to 'yogurt knit' it would very be helpful. I have some out of date Muller's in the fridge that would make a lovely sweater.[/p][/quote]You're out of date muller's yogurt probably still has more shelf life in it than your brain cells, maybe you should just cover it in granola and eat it anyway? The nausea that ensues will give you some idea of how we all feel about your leftie approach to law and order! Levent

10:00pm Wed 4 Dec 13

ARMANA says...

They should legalise drugs, say for a 5 year trial period, they have tried everything else, and it hasn't worked, its the conclusion of most people who are expert in this matter, it wont happen though, no successive governments has had the guts to show this sort of leadership,
They should legalise drugs, say for a 5 year trial period, they have tried everything else, and it hasn't worked, its the conclusion of most people who are expert in this matter, it wont happen though, no successive governments has had the guts to show this sort of leadership, ARMANA

2:47pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Harry Brown says...

ARMANA wrote:
They should legalise drugs, say for a 5 year trial period, they have tried everything else, and it hasn't worked, its the conclusion of most people who are expert in this matter, it wont happen though, no successive governments has had the guts to show this sort of leadership,
Totally agree. Prohibition doesn't work. The job of the police is to protect us from criminals, not from ourselves. Of course people will still take drugs, but no more than now (if heroin was legal tomorrow, would you do it?) but the police would be freed up to concentrate on real crime like this and would have a lot more money available to fund such policing. And no, I am not a green voter!
[quote][p][bold]ARMANA[/bold] wrote: They should legalise drugs, say for a 5 year trial period, they have tried everything else, and it hasn't worked, its the conclusion of most people who are expert in this matter, it wont happen though, no successive governments has had the guts to show this sort of leadership,[/p][/quote]Totally agree. Prohibition doesn't work. The job of the police is to protect us from criminals, not from ourselves. Of course people will still take drugs, but no more than now (if heroin was legal tomorrow, would you do it?) but the police would be freed up to concentrate on real crime like this and would have a lot more money available to fund such policing. And no, I am not a green voter! Harry Brown

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