Sussex Police have commended the bravery of a restaurant owner who pursued an armed robber in St Leonards.

A man had entered the Chinese Town restaurant in London Road around 10.45pm on Thursday, April 5, and took money from the till after threatening the owner with a knife.

After he left, the shop owner followed him along Carisbrooke Road, and into Stockleigh Road, where he then waited for police officers to attend, along with a member of the public.

Detective Constable Ian Dearling said:

“The restaurant was one of the few shops open at this time of night, and it would appear this was an opportunistic offence.

“While the business owner was very brave in pursuing the subject, we will always advise people who find themselves in these situations not to put their safety at risk and to call the police immediately.

“I am appealing to anyone who saw what happened that night in London Road to contact the police immediately.

“In particular, I would like to trace the man who helped the restaurant owner and stood with him while waiting for police.”

A 38-year-old man from St Leonards has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and possession of a class A drug, and has been released under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to report it online here, or call 101, quoting reference number 1399 of 05/04.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.