Serial burglars strike in village

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POLICE are hunting burglars following a series of break-ins in Catsfield on Wednesday night.

Staff at Redcoat Orchard, in Catsfield Road, called officers after disturbing intruders on the site at around midnight.

It was later discovered that the locks on a number of outbuildings had been broken.

Nothing was stolen.

Meanwhile another business in Warren Yard, also in Catsfield Road, was broken into some time between 10.30pm on Wednesday and yesterday (Thursday) morning.

Burglars had tried to break into a container on the site.

At the time of the Observer going to press, it was not clear if anything had been taken from the site.

Police believe the same person, or group of people, were responsible for both incidents.

Officers say the suspects may also be responsible for wrenching a security light off the wall of a house in Crowders Lane, Catsfield, also on Wednesday night.

PC Jayne Cleverley, of the Battle Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Please be aware of any suspicious person or vehicles coming on to your property.

“Ensure everything is locked up safely.

“If unsure, phone the police.”

Police patrols are to be stepped up in the Catsfield area following the break-ins.

Any witnesses, or anyone with any information about these incidents, are urged to call Sussex Police on 101.

Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.