Burglars ruin Eastbourne family’s Christmas


An Eastbourne couple’s Christmas has been ruined by heartless thieves who burgled their home in Tovey Close.

The break-in took place some time between noon and 4.50pm on Wednesday (December 11).

The occupants, who were out at the time, had Christmas presents, expensive jewellery and several hundred pounds in cash stolen. The intruders tore open the gifts and left the wrapping paper on the floor.

Detective Sergeant Andy Harbour, of the East Sussex Priority Crime Team, said, “This was extremely distressing for the couple, especially at this time of the year.

“I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious, or who has any information that may help with our investigations, to phone Sussex Police on 101, quoting serial 1074 of 11/12, or email:101@sussex.pnn.police.uk.”

Sussex Police want to remind all homeowners of the following home crime prevention advice this winter:

Going out without putting a light on or drawing the curtains is an open invitation to opportunist thieves that there is no-one at home.

Use an automatic time switch on an indoor light, either in a room that cannot be peered into from the road,, or upstairs. Regularly change the timing on the switch.

Ensure that gates or access to the rear of the house are locked and secure. Don’t forget to lock your shed: your tools can be used to break in.

Secure windows, paying particular attention to those on the ground floor and above flat roof areas. Use locks and bolts and keep all your keys, including car keys, out of sight and out of reach.

Property-mark your valuables by using your postcode and your house number or name. Some articles are unsuitable for marking so photograph them - with a ruler in view to show scale.

Intruder alarms are an effective deterrent against burglars. Before choosing a system ensure it is the one most suitable for your needs.

Trust your instincts. If you see anything suspicious let the police know. If you think a crime is about to happen or is in progress dial 999.