Teenager charged with Eastbourne break-ins

Sussex Police
Sussex Police

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with breaking in to houses in Old Town.

He was arrested in connection with three burglaries in Vicarage Drive and released on bail to appear at Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court on July 7.

He cannot be named for legal reasons.

His arrest comes as police work with volunteers and residents to try to block burglars in Sussex.

During the next two weeks officers across the county are stepping up their activities to encourage crime prevention, track down wanted offenders and cut the number of break-ins in Sussex during the warmer months.

During the period of the campaign last year there were 160 burglaries in the county including 51 in East Sussex.

There was at least one burglary every day. The worst day was on June 10 when 18 homes were broken into.

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, police cadets, specials and neighbourhood watch co-ordinators across the county are supporting the awareness campaign by distributing a simple checklist that gives advice on how residents and cut the chance of them becoming a burglary victim.

The checklist will help people to identify areas where they could make improvements to their home, such as changing the types of lock on doors and windows and ensuring those at ground level are shut when those rooms are not occupied.

People will also be encouraged to register their valuables for free at www.immobilise.com so that if they are stolen officers can more easily reunite them with their owners.

A Hailsham man has also been charged with an Eastbourne burglary this week. Alan Cogan, 44, of The Diplocks was charged with a burglary in Friday Street and will appear at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on June 17.

If you see or hear a burglary taking place call 999.