Runner fought off thieves in Petworth

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A JOGGER in Petworth Park fought off robbers when they tried to steal his mobile phone.

Sussex Police revealed the man was jogging at about 5.20pm on Sunday (January 26) when he was approached by two men.

The men punched and kicked him and tried to steal his phone however he managed to struggle free and raise the alarm.

The men are described as white, with short hair. One was in his 30s, stocky and about 6 foot 3. The other was in his 20s, skinny and about 5 foot 9.

DC Andrea Watts said: “The jogger had entered the park via the New Lodge West entrance and was in the grounds when he encountered the two men. They assaulted him and he fought back before fleeing and calling police.

“If anyone has any information about the incident or may recognise the men they should contact police on 101, email or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”