A woman almost had her phone punched out of her hand after she confronted a man who had smashed the back window of her car.
Charlotte Lincroft, 27, a dog groomer from Hove, tried to park her vehicle in a space on a busy street in Preston Street, Brighton when two men told her that they were holding the space for a friend.
They told her that their friend was stuck in traffic and he would be another 20 minutes, but Miss Lincroft began reversing her convertible Audi into the unoccupied space.
She said: ‘We were driving to meet some friends for dinner and it is like gold dust trying to find a parking space on Preston Street.
‘So we found a space and started reversing into it, and then these two men came running up to my car and said they were reserving the spot for a car.
‘I said “Where is the car then” and they said it is “coming and stuck in traffic 20 minutes away”.
‘I said, sorry, this isn’t how it works, it’s a public road, you don’t reserve parking spots.
‘Then at this point he started to scream I’m “a b**ch” and all this nasty stuff, which made me more adamant to have the space.
‘It was holding up the traffic and everyone was beeping.
‘An argument then started, and my friends walked down the road and one of them got so irate.
‘He started punching my car up with his fists, then he proceeded to smash my window.”
Miss Lincroft says her ‘instinct’ kicked in and she began filming the incident to hand over to police.
The footage show one of the men saying: ‘If you put that phone in my face, it is gone’ before harshly knocking it out of her hand and fleeing the scene.
Miss Lincroft said she was ‘let down’ by the response from Sussex police and has had trouble sleeping since the incident.
A spokesman for Sussex police said they are appealing for witnesses.
‘At 7.08pm on Tuesday we received a report that following a verbal dispute over a parking space in Preston Street between a woman and two men, one of the men smashed the rear window ofher car with his hand and both men had then run off.
‘Descriptions were circulated to patrolling officers but the men were not traced.’