An Eastbourne man has appeared in court charged with a robbery at a Building Society in St Leonards and with similar attempts at a Building Society in Eastbourne and a bank in Hastings.

Alan Slattery, 67, retired, of Silverdale Road, Eastbourne, appeared in custody at Brighton Magistrates Court on Saturday 3 April and was committed for trial, with an initial appearance at Lewes Crown Court on a date not yet confirmed.

He is charged with a robbery on Friday 26 March, by entering the Nationwide Building Society in London Rd, St Leonards, handing a note to and threatening a member of counter staff and taking £2400 cash.

He is also charged with an attempted robbery on Thursday 18 March by entering the Nationwide branch in Terminus Road, Eastbourne, handing a note to and threatened a member of staff, but leaving without taking any money.

Slattery is also charged with a similar unsuccessful attempted robbery at the Nat West in Havelock Road, Hastings on Thursday 1 April.

No weapon was seen or used on any occasion and there was no physical violence or injury.

The charges, authorised by the CPS, follow an investigation by CID officers across East Sussex.