Police are appealing for witnesses to an unprovoked attack on Littlehampton beach.
The victim – a local man in his 40s – was sitting on the beach close to Harbour Park amusements when he was approached from behind by an unknown man who threw sand in his face and punched him to the face.
The suspect then picked up a stone and attempted to further assault the victim, before stealing his man bag and making off from the scene. He also took the victim’s shoes, which he dropped a short distance away.
The incident occurred between 6-7pm on Wednesday 24 August.
The suspect is described as a white man, about 5’5″, of stocky build, with short dark hair. He was wearing a black or dark vest top.
PC Mark Linberry, of the Bognor Neighbourhood Response Team, said: “This was an unprovoked attack in a public area. People were seen in the vicinity some of whom were filming on their mobile phones. I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or captured it on camera to please contact us.”
You can report it online or call 101, quoting crime reference 47220158903.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.