Police are investigating a robbery which occurred at approximately 11.45pm on Thursday 11 April when the victim, a 20-year-old local man, was attacked as he walked alone across the village cricket pitch at Forest Row, near East Grinstead.
A group of 10 young men armed with knives and batons confronted the man, who had earlier walked through Tompsets Banks car park. He was beaten up and had his mobile phone and other personal items stolen.
Immediately after the robbery the victim made his way down Highgate Road to its junction with Card Hill, followed by his attackers. He later attended Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, for treatment to cuts and bruises before being allowed home the next morning.
Detective Constable Andy Mountford-Laker, the officer in charge of the investigation, said it had been an isolated incident but it was important that those responsible were identified as soon as possible.
He said: "We are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened, who noticed the group concerned before, during or after the attack, or who may have other information, dash-cam or CCTV footage that could assist our enquiries."
Anyone able to help is asked to report details online or phone 101, quoting serial 74 of 12/04.
Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, either online or by phoning 0800 555 111.
Author: Nigel Jarrett