Police are appealing for witnesses after a man and a woman tried to rob a driver who they had flagged down on the A27 near Polegate.

The victim was driving along the A27 eastbound when he saw a woman standing in the layby on the left hand side of the road before the Barley Mow pub looking distressed and trying to flag down passing motorists at about 4.30pm on Sunday (5 May).

He pulled over to help her and was then grabbed from behind by a man who tried to search his pockets. The victim turned and saw the suspect had a small Stanley knife. He was subsequently slashed to the face with the knife In fear of his safety he punched the man to the face.

This caused the man to retreat and get in to a vehicle parked in the layby with the woman. They drove off continuing eastbound in a vehicle described as a small black Toyota, possibly an Aygo or a Yaris with an 07 registration. Nothing was stolen from the man.

The 30-year-old victim was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew for a cut to his face.

The man was described as 5′ 11″, aged in his mid-30s with short scruffy brown hair, clean shaven and was wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans. The woman was described as being aged in her 20s, 5′ 6″, slim, with brown hair in a bun and was wearing a red round neck jumper and skinny blue jeans.

Detective Sergeant Amanda Hover said: “This was a frightening ordeal for the victim who stopped to help a woman who he believed was in distress.
“We are appealing for witnesses to this incident or information that may help identify the suspects or the vehicle they were driving.

This happened at a busy time of day on the A27 and we believe there must be drivers who saw it. We would also like to hear from any motorists who may have dash cam footage of the incident.”

Report online or ring 101 quoting serial 846 of 05/05 if you can help with the investigation.