£17,000 raid at Alfriston shooting club

A clay pigeon trap similar to those stolen

A clay pigeon trap similar to those stolen

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Police investigating the theft of more than £17,000-worth of clay pigeon shooting equipment from a remote site near Alfriston believe the thieves would almost certainly have used a four-wheel-drive vehicle to commit the crime.

Shooting club officials discovered that a metal container in which the equipment was stored had had its doors forced open before eight Promatic clay pigeon traps and associated remotes were stolen.

A padlock and chain securing a metal gate at the entrance to an access track had been removed, and then such force had been used to open the container that it had moved from its footings.

PC Ian Grabiner, of the Wealden neighbourhood response team, said, “This, coupled with the rough nature of the track, suggests an all-terrain vehicle may have been used.

“We would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious vehicles, people or activity in the Winton Street area of Alfriston over the early part of the weekend, prior to the theft being discovered shortly before 7am on Sunday [June 26].

“Any other information as to what became of the traps, similar to those shown in our photograph, would also be welcome.”

Anyone able to help should e-mail 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 414 of 26/06.

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

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