A staff worker at Hassocks Golf Club has been tied up, robbed, and put in an industrial fridge-freezer by three men.

The men, all with their faces covered, entered the premises in London Road at 8.15pm on Saturday night (January, 13), and demanded to know where the safe was.

They struck the 55-year-old man with an unknown solid weapon, before he was ordered to get inside the freezer.

His hands were then loosely tied, and a blanket was put over his head.

The men then made off with the victim’s wallet containing cash and his mobile phone, but they failed to steal anything else.

After they left, the victim was able to free himself using the unlocking button, and alerted police.

He was then taken to hospital to be treated for a cut to the head.

Detective Constable Adam Tidy said:

“We are appealing for witnesses that may have seen or heard a suspicious activity in the area around the time of the incident.

“This was a frightening ordeal for the victim who is now recovering at home.”

Police said two of the robbers have been described as white, while all were wearing hoodies and gloves, and had their faces covered with bandanas.

They were said to be carrying weapons, including a hammer.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online here, or call 101 quoting reference number 1186 of 13/11.