Car sprayed by vandals in Hampden Park

Police news.
Police news.

Cars and road signs in Hampden Park were sprayed with paint during the early hours of this morning (March 12).

Police responded swiftly when a resident in Hampden Park, Eastbourne, reported seeing two people trying to break into garages in Tugwell Road during the early hours of Thursday (12 March).

Officers were on scene within 15 minutes and detained two suspects. It was later found that some 14 cars, road signs and a building nearby had been sprayed with paint.

A 15-year-old boy from Seaford and a 16-year-old girl from Eastbourne were arrested on suspicion of committing the offences and are currently in custody.

Sergeant Howard Nevill, of Eastbourne’s neighbourhood policing team, said, “Our officers did well to trace and arrest the suspects so quickly.”

He said break-ins to outbuildings were often opportunistic, but offered advice on safeguarding such property:

* Secure garden sheds and garages with strong hinges and a good padlock.

* Security mark all tools and fittings, including garden furniture.

* Put away garden furniture when not in use and secured items to each other with a high tensile cord.

* Padlock ladders to prevent them being used as a means of access.

* Use garden lighting and gravel paths as a deterrent to intruders.

* Check that your household insurance policy covers theft from your garden and outbuildings.

Anyone who may have seen or been a victim of recent criminal behaviour around Hampden Park is asked to email or phone 101, quoting serial 0081 of 12/03.

Alternatively they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.

If a crime is thought to be in progress, call 999 and ask for police immediately.