Police are investigating two armed robberies in Hastings which both took place last Wednesday night (January, 3).

Between 8pm and 8.30pm, a group of six hooded male youths, at least one of who was wearing a face mask, threatened a man with a baseball bat at a property in Devonshire Road.

They then ransacked the house, before escorting the man along South Terrace and St Andrew’s Square, before making off.

Around 9pm, a group of three or four hooded men or boys, one wearing a baseball cap, stopped a man in Stonefield Road and threatened him at knifepoint.

They failed in an attempt to steal his mobile phone and tablet, but police said both victims were left very shaken by the events.

The first man was left with minor injuries to his arm.

Officers said it is not known if the two incidents are related at this time.

Anyone who saw a group of hooded youths in the area that evening, or has any information, is asked to report it online here, or call 101, quoting reference number 1299 of 03/01.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.