Police are investigating after three masked men forced their way into a flat in Hastings on Monday evening (January, 15), stealing a small portable safe.

The men called at the ground floor flat in Rock Close, and demanded the 57-year-old woman who lived there hand the safe over.

Police said following the incident, the victim was unhurt, but was badly shocked and shaken.

The safe, which is 12″ x 10″, contained a small amount of cash.

The suspects have been described as wearing grey hooded tracksuit tops, while one was wearing a balaclava and another a scarf around his face.

Anyone with information is asked to report it online here, or call 101, quoting reference number 1137 of 15/01.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.