Officers appeal for key witnesses after Polegate police chase

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Three members of the public may hold key information about a recent high-speed chase near Polegate, police say.

Police say they are appealing for the public’s help after a white Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4 was driven recklessly through the area before being abandoned on the South Downs at Westdean on Thursday, July 14.

Sussex Police say they believe the driver was a 21-year-old man wanted in connection with a series of burglaries. Although followed by police he managed to evade capture and is still being sought.

A general appeal for witnesses to the pursuit, which began just after 11am, is still being made, but officers say they want to speak to another motorist and two pedestrians who they believe may be able to help.

Police say they would like to speak with the driver of a black Renault Clio and two pedestrians, who all narrowly missed being struck by the speeding Pajero.

Police say the Renault driver was forced onto the verge by the oncoming 4x4 near the Hillier garden centre on the B2104 Hailsham Road between Stone Cross and Hailsham.

One pedestrian was a white-haired man with a beard, in his 50s to 60s, who had just emerged from a footpath leading from Bay Tree Lane, Polegate.

The second pedestrian was walking anti-clockwise beside the road at the Cophall Roundabout, Polegate. Both had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit.

Inspector Tony Wakefield of the Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “We’re very keen for these witnesses to come forward. This was a serious incident and it was only by pure chance that no one was seriously injured.”

The three witnesses mentioned, plus anyone else who saw what happened or who may have other information, are asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 184 of 14/07.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

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