New appeal over Haywards Heath armed burglaries

Police have made another appeal for information following two aggravated burglaries in Haywards Heath at the end of April.

Descriptions of the offenders have now been clarified by the victims and police are anxious to hear from anyone who was in the South Road and Church Road area of Haywards Heath at about 12.45am on Sunday April 29.

Following the offences, two men ran from an alleyway that connects the two roads at their western ends, near the one-way road system at the top of Perrymount Road. They may have got into a vehicle.

Moments earlier the pair had forced their way into two adjacent flats overlooking South Road, threatened the occupants with knives and stolen two mobile phones.

DC Jez Basting, from West Sussex CID, said: “We now have a clearer picture of what happened last Sunday and would like to reiterate our appeal for witnesses and information.

“These were particularly nasty offences in which the victims, who were in their homes at the time, were threatened with a knife. Thankfully no-one was seriously injured but understandably it must have been a terrifying ordeal for everyone involved.

“We now know that one of the offenders was challenged by the son-in-law of the elderly victim and managed to punch him to the face. We’d therefore like to hear from anyone who knows of someone who has returned home with unexplained injuries.”

In one of the flats the male and female occupants were unhurt, as was the woman in her 70s in the second flat. Her son-in-law who challenged the offenders received cuts to his hand which required hospital treatment.

Both men are described as white. One is about 5ft 10in and of thin build. He had on a navy coloured jacket, with the hood up, and black coloured combat trousers. He was wearing a black stocking over his face and what is believed to be a paintball or BMX mask.

The second man is about 5ft 8in and of slightly stockier build than the first man. He was wearing a black jacket, with a white hooded top underneath, and with the hood up. He was also wearing a black stocking over his face. He wore grey jogging bottoms with white trainers. Both spoke with southern accents.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 and quote serial 0100 of 29/4. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.