Police in Sussex are conducting door to door enquiries after an estate agent in Haywards Heath was attacked in broad daylight following a lunchtime viewing.
Elizabeth Noble, 22, who until recently worked for Connells but is now a senior sales negotiator at local firm Move Revolution, says she was left badly shaken and with a black eye after an assailant pounced on her as she was returning to her car following a property viewing.
Noble says the attack, which came as she walked along a path, was unprovoked, fast and forceful that she didn’t get a chance to even glimpse her attacker, she told The Mirror, adding that she now felt uneasy about her safety and that the attack ‘hadn’t sunk in yet’.
She is working exclusively in her branch until her facial injuries mend, and local police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen any suspicious activity in the Colwell Road area last Saturday.
The attack has chilling echoes of the Suzy Lamplugh case, the estate agent who disappeared in 1986 during a viewing at a property in Fulham, London and whose attacker and presumed murderer has never been tracked down conclusively.
The trust set up in her name by the Lamplugh family offers advice on best practice for lone workers like sales and letting agents, and also how to deal with stalkers.
“Suzy Lamplugh Trust believes that everyone has the right to be safe from violence and aggression wherever they are,” says Suky Bhaker, its CEO.
“During the Covid-19 pandemic we have seen a number of incidents of violence and aggression against workers across a range of sectors.”