ARMED police were called out after three knife-wielding men raided a delivery van.

The force received a report of the robbers stealing packages from the vehicle in West Way, Hove, on Friday morning.

They made off in an old burgundy Transit van.

Police later received a call saying the suspects may be at the Hove recycling centre in Old Shoreham Road, and armed officers responded.

But it proved to be an incorrect report.

A force spokesman said: “Anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have seen the van in the area around the time is asked to report online at or call 101 quoting serial 409 of 17/08.”

You can also report information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or at