Police winning the battle against burglars

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SUSSEX Police have upped the ante in their battle against crime by warning would-be burglars - don’t burgle, because we will catch you.

East Sussex Chief Superintendent, Robin Smith, has gone on the attack following a spate of successes for police.

Four men and a woman have been arrested in Eastbourne on suspicion of committing a number of burglaries across the county. The men aged 20, 29, 18 and 21 and the 19-year-old woman have been questioned and released on bail until June 26.

This follows the arrest of a 46-year-old Eastbourne man who was charged with the theft of keys from the Arndale shopping centre and a burglary at a property in Polegate on 1 April. He has been released on conditional bail to appear at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court.

While a 22-year-old man from Uckfield was charged with two counts of burglary at Hailsham on April 30 and at a property in Little Horsted on April 24. Police say he was arrested after a member of the public spotted a vehicle driving away at speed from a property and reported it to police

Divisional commander for East Sussex Chief Superintendent Robin Smith insisted that while there has been an increase in the number of burglaries in East Sussex in recent months, police were working hard with the local community to capture those responsible.

He said: “The last few months has seen an increase in burglary across East Sussex.

“My team’s response often aided by observant members of the public has been swift. We have carried out a number of warrants and operations targeting suspected burglars across the county. This has led to several arrests for burglary and theft, recovery of property and suspects remanded in custody.

“My advice is don’t even think about committing burglary in Sussex - together with the help of local communities we will catch you.”

Anyone who sees anyone acting suspiciously and suspects a crime is in progress should call Sussex Police on 999. Otherwise call 101.