A MAN and a woman were allegedly robbed for 30p as they sat on a bench.

The 20-year-olds were rescued by a mystery family after they were approached by two men ordering them to hand over money and mobile phones, police said.

Two people have been charged following the alleged incident at about 8.30pm on July 31, on the bench at Dukes Mound, Brighton.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said: "The 20-year-old victims were sitting on a bench at Dukes Mound when they were approached by two men.

"The men became aggressive and ordered the victims to give them their money and mobile phones.

"The 20-year-old man was punched in the face and gave the thieves 30p before the victims were helped into a garden by a family."

Police are appealing for information and also want to track down the family who helped.

Detective Constable Gemma Holley said: "As they fled from the men, the victims were helped by a family who allowed them to enter the private garden close to Lewes Crescent.

"We are trying to identify this family as they could be able to help us with our investigation.

"If you know who they are or have any information about what happened, please contact us."

Scott Cavanagh, 31, of Spruce Court, Salford, and Jack Bonnet, 23, of no fixed address, have been charged with robbery and attempted robbery. Both are due to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 28 August.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 1727 of 31/07, email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk. Or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.