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Crooked-toothed thief snatches Hove schoolgirl's shoe from her foot
3:00pm Wednesday 4th July 2012 in News
A 13-year-old schoolgirl had the shoe she was wearing stolen by a robber as she walked to class.
The youngster, a pupil at Hove Park School, was walking along an alleyway at 8.15am yesterday with a friend when the crooked-toothed man approached her. It is believed he made a grab the girl’s foot, took off her shoe and fled.
A woman, believed to be the girl’s mother, said the two girls had spoken to police officers at their school.
Writing on Facebook she said: “Both girls are fine – they’re talking to the police at school now.
“Scary stuff – you always think they’re safe going to school.”
A police source said it was not believed that the bizarre attack, which took place in the alleyway near Sainsbury’s in Benfield Valley, Hove, was an attempted abduction.
She added it was not thought that the girl lost her footwear while running away, and officers were investigating why a grown man had decided to steal a teenage girl’s school shoes.
A Sussex Police spokeswoman yesterday said: “The man is described as being between 18 and 25, about 5ft 9in and skinny with brown hair, crooked teeth, no facial hair and prominent cheekbones. He was wearing a blue coat with the hood up and light brown or beige chino trousers.”
Hove Park headteacher Derek Trimmer said: “An isolated incident has been reported. Police are investigating.
“We have reiterated to parents, carers and students the importance of taking extra care when travelling to and from school.”
Anyone with information should contact Sussex Police on 101.